Category Archives: Information Services

Helping Hands

Libraries are here to do so many things. One of them, as I’ve told you before, is to help, not only those looking for information, but those in need. Advertisements

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Information is Powerful

In libraries, we care about information. We oppose efforts to limit, or censor access, to information. But sometimes we struggle with what to do about bad information, or misinformation. You might even think of this kind of thing as “fake … Continue reading

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We call it “Information Literacy”

Wondering if things you’re hearing and reading these days are real or “fake”? (or as I like to call the “fake” things, “propaganda.”) Look no further than your local library. We have always helped our users to evaluate the material … Continue reading

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Healthy. And not Surprising.

You can find, learn, and do lots of things at public libraries. One thing you can learn is how to be healthy! Surprising Place to Get Healthy: at the Library shares the stories of health initiatives at four libraries.   … Continue reading

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High Expectations in 2016

What do Americans expect from their public libraries? The short answer is “a lot.”

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Learning to Teach

You probably don’t think of librarians as teachers, but many of us are. I first taught what we then called “BI” (bibliographic instruction) as an academic librarian. Nowadays we call it “information literacy.”

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We’re Here to Help

The role of libraries and librarians keeps changing.  Libraries are free to define the roles they will fulfill, but these roles should always be in response to the needs of their communities.

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“This Won’t Hurt a Bit!”

As a (mostly retired) librarian, it troubles me that an article about library anxiety among college students has been getting quite a bit of play lately (at least in the library-related blogs and sites I follow).

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Lifelong Learners

According to an April report from the Pew Research Center: “Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families.”

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Elections, Olympics, and Libraries

Two big items in the news right now: 2016 Summer Olympics, and 2016 Election (and other state and local elections).

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