Category Archives: Library Partnerships

Good Idea!

This story comes from my “what a great idea!” file. The Chicago Public Library is partnering with CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) to offer free content to CTA train and bus riders. (The CTA offers free 4G wireless connectivity.) What a … 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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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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What’s New?

A LOT, as it turns out! Read all about what’s new and innovative at four libraries around the country.  

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Library of the Year: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Congratulations to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (KS), 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. “The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), KS, is engaged in every discussion in its community. In fact, it is usually leading them. The … Continue reading

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Let’s Collaborate

Though I extol the virtues of collaboration all the time, it’s clear I still have a lot to learn.   I’ll be spending time with Jesse Lyn Stoner’s What is Collaboration and Where Does it Begin? soon. I always learn … Continue reading

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Financial Wellness

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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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A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

Many public and academic libraries (and I think even some school libraries)  have something called Friends groups.

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Keep an Open Mind

Since I am not an overly happy person myself, I feel a lot of empathy for those who suffer with ongoing depression. As a (retired) librarian, it is logical for me to think about and explore ways that libraries and … Continue reading

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