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Ted Danson, Neil Gaiman Headline Midwinter

December 13, 2010

Business meetings, celebrity authors—including Ted Danson, Kathy Reichs, Andre Dubus III, and Neil Gaiman—visits with vendors, and an abundance of discussion opportunities will highlight the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, January 7-11, at the San Diego Convention Center and area hotels. The eyes of the publishing world will turn to California’s second … Continue reading Ted Danson, Neil Gaiman Headline Midwinter


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When Small Is All

December 7, 2010

In 2007, the 9,214 public libraries in the United States served 97% of the total population, a figure that has remained steady for more than a decade. But while large public libraries may serve the majority of Americans—nearly 75%—small public libraries offer the most outlets. The majority of public libraries (88%) are located in small … Continue reading When Small Is All


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Booking to the Future

November 30, 2010

It’s no secret that librarians like books. For decades, those pages sandwiched between rectangles of cardboard have been the primary reason librarians sought and secured employment. As methods of communication and information sharing evolve, however, books have begun to transform, sparking a debate not only among book publishers and readers but librarians as well. In … Continue reading Booking to the Future


U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin Talks with Librarians

November 24, 2010

Before assuming his post as U.S. Poet Laureate on October 25, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner W. S. Merwin met with a select group of librarians at New York City’s Poets House for an afternoon of reading and conversation. A nonprofit organization, Poets House hosted the event as part of “One City, Many Poems,” a discussion … Continue reading U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin Talks with Librarians


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How to Be Prepared in Case Violence Strikes

November 17, 2010

The library workplace is no more immune to violent incidents than any other venue, sad to say, and just as vulnerable to physical attacks by troubled colleagues as from visitors. Consider these headline-grabbing situations, all taking place in libraries within a three-week period this fall: A 19-year-old freshman toting an AK-47 (surveillance video, 1:37) enters … Continue reading How to Be Prepared in Case Violence Strikes


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Giving out Money: Helping Students Find Local Scholarships

November 17, 2010

Here’s the problem: How does Suzie Senior find out about the local Kiwanis scholarship? Or the one offered by the local hospital? Or the one offered by the local cancer support group? Who in your community collects information on scholarships offered by local clubs, service organizations, and other mostly nonprofits? Not the college or high … Continue reading Giving out Money: Helping Students Find Local Scholarships


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Chicano Librarianship

November 2, 2010

August 29, 2010, marked the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles, and it brought back many memories. I was part of a library contingent marching in 1970 in protest of the disproportionate number of Mexican Americans dying in the Vietnam War; some 30,000 other Chicanos were marching too. After the police … Continue reading Chicano Librarianship



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Wait! You Can’t Retire Without Sharing That with Us

October 26, 2010

As libraries face the departure of staff with well-honed reference skills, years of experience in the community, and deep knowledge of the collection and traditional resources, how can we identify and retain their departing expertise—the gold in the library’s intellectual vault? How can we ensure that newly minted employees with e-knowledge skills have access to … Continue reading Wait! You Can’t Retire Without Sharing That with Us


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Gaming 2.0

October 19, 2010

The most exciting things have happened at the Houston Public Library’s Central Library since it reopened in May of 2008 after a two-year renovation: families are playing together and enjoying each other’s company; brothers, sisters, strangers, and friends are playing and learning together. Teen boys who now think the library is the best place to … Continue reading Gaming 2.0


Libraries Now More Than Ever

October 17, 2010

The message of the American Library Association can best be summarized in one word, a word we all understand, a word that holds us together as librarians. That word is “Read.” “Why do we need libraries when all the information in the world is on the internet?” It’s a tiresome question that American librarians are … Continue reading Libraries Now More Than Ever


Librarians Laud National Book Festival

September 28, 2010

There were many librarians among the 150,000 people who gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the 10th Annual National Book Festival, September 25. Reporting for American Libraries, Rocco Staino of the New York Library Association talked with some of them about the festival in the Pavilion of the States: For Adele Eskin, middle … Continue reading Librarians Laud National Book Festival