Category Archives: Library spaces

Heart and Soul

“We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.”

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Alive and Making a Difference!

There are those who say libraries are dying.      

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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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Spring Spruce-Up

Spring has sprung. At least, the first day of spring is “officially” here, according to the calendar.  In Wisconsin, that means slightly warmer temps. . . on some days. On another day, we might get snow! (But I digress.) But … Continue reading

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The Future of Libraries

I attended a webcast on March 12 on the “Future of Libraries.”  Speakers were from a variety of settings: public library, academic library, public library consortium, and an independent library web developer.  When we talk about the future of libraries, … 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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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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Let’s Have a Party!

So, with today being our 25th wedding anniversary, I am thinking about celebrations.  Which makes me think about creative use of library spaces.  I’ve been hearing and reading more and more about weddings and other celebrations in libraries, and I … Continue reading

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How Kind are Your Library Spaces?

When I do a presentation about customer service, one of things I always recommend is walking through your library and thinking like a customer. Here’s a great post on that: Examining Library Spaces Through a Kindness Audit.  (Thanks, Library Dude!) … Continue reading

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