Category Archives: Library Funding

I Had a Go

These are tough times for libraries. We’ve been through tough times before and we will be again. But we do need to think about the tough times, how libraries can survive, and how to convince the powers that be to … Continue reading

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When Will We Ever Learn?

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Libraries at the Crossroads

Sometimes I think libraries have always been at one crossroads or another.

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Let Them Know You’re Here!

The Deschutes Public Library System (Oregon) filmed some Q&A sessions with some community members about their library. “People felt guilty about not knowing about their library.”  

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Be Part of the Community

I’ve written before of the importance of the library to the community, and the need for libraries to position themselves as essential services.   Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to write a post that builds on one of the blog posts … Continue reading

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Praise is Not Enough

There is an article, In Praise of Libraries (The Rotarian Magazine, March 2015), that is getting a lot of buzz in library circles.  Even if you aren’t in the library world, you should read it.  It’s a hymn of praise, … Continue reading

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Now, THIS is Scary!

This article has nothing to do with Halloween. It is a letter from a resident of Park Ridge, Illinois voicing his opinion against a library referendum, and it is filled with misinformation and bias against public libraries.  What’s scary is … Continue reading

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On Emptiness

Dear Empty: You are an interesting word.  Are you a good thing or a bad thing? Empty things that are good: An empty email “In” box. An empty dishwasher.  (They’re all clean!) An empty clothes hamper. (They’re all clean!) Empty … Continue reading

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Library Advocacy Done Right!

There is very little I can say about Thing 1 and Thing 2 (from The M Word).  Except, read it.  And watch the video.  And read the Power Guide.  And learn how your library can do this too.  Library boards, … Continue reading

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Surprise!

The Pew Research Center recently published 7 Surprises About Libraries in Our Surveys, in which they share “some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.” I think you’ll find the list interesting, and … Continue reading

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