Question: Due to budget cuts, my library is looking closely at the reference collection. Are there any policies or guidelines for evaluating reference collections, especially in light of print and paid database resources?
“What should my kids read over the summer?” is a common question at this time of year. With school letting out for the summer break, teachers and parents alike are searching for reputable lists of books for their students and children. First, check with your local public library, which often has a summer reading program.
Q. A few weeks ago, I happened to visit another library and was startled by the rude service from the front desk staff. I’d like to be sure that no one would say the same about my library! Where can I get some information on excellent public service in libraries in order to do some in-service training?
Q. Our library is beginning to think about a major addition. I recall that the ALA gives an award for library buildings. I’d like to plan a cross-country trip so that I could see some of these. How can I get a list of these libraries?
Q. Today I was going through some books donated to our book sale and ran across one with a bookplate stating “War Service Library” with a picture of a WW I Soldier carrying a stack of books. This plate was found in a 1918 book. What is the story behind this bookplate?
A. The bookplate — sometimes a label or a stamp with the words “American Library Association, Soldiers and Sailors Camp Library”— is one of several versions affixed to books furnished to sailors and soldiers by the American Library Association during World War I.