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What’s New in LIS Schools

August 21, 2012

“Librarians of the future will be knowledge navigators. They will understand digital resources as well as printed books and other formats. Their services will not be restricted by physical location, either of the materials or of themselves.” That was what Deanna B. Marcum, then on the cusp of creating the Council on Library and Information … Continue reading What’s New in LIS Schools


New ADA Signage Standards Take Effect

April 25, 2012

On March 15, 2012, updates to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) went into effect. The new standards—known as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design—focus specifically on creating wayfinding signage for the visually impaired. The good news is that libraries are already doing well in compliance from a technology standpoint, providing visually … Continue reading New ADA Signage Standards Take Effect


Library History and Women’s History: An Ongoing Convergence

February 29, 2012

The convergence of women’s history and library history at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition heralded the beginnings of a tradition of advocacy that would shape our profession for the next 100 years and beyond. As American women entered librarianship in the late 19th century, they focused on issues of professional equity, on services to women … Continue reading Library History and Women’s History: An Ongoing Convergence


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Women in the White City

February 29, 2012

Next year will be the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition, more commonly known as the Chicago World’s Fair—a grand event that lasted six months, attracted 27 million visitors, and introduced attendees to the Ferris Wheel, shredded wheat, and belly dancing. Although you won’t learn it from Erik Larson’s bestseller The Devil in the … Continue reading Women in the White City


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Newsmaker: Jamal Joseph

February 22, 2012

AMERICAN LIBRARIES: Your book offers so many lessons, especially for today’s youth. Is that why you decided to tell your story? JAMAL JOSEPH: It actually is. I work with young people in New York and travel the country speaking to high school and college students. The book is written through the curious eyes and passionate … Continue reading Newsmaker: Jamal Joseph


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Preserving Black Academic Library History

February 6, 2012

The success stories of more than 100 libraries participating in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance—involving institutions in 20 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands—are being captured through the Atlanta-based organization’s “Preserving Our History” project. The two-year effort is funded by a $70,000 grant from the Andrew W. … Continue reading Preserving Black Academic Library History


Visitors experience the reinvented Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library at its October 2009 reopening, and are reflected in the moment. Photo: Edward Lifson

Reflecting Our Communities

January 11, 2012

Few would disagree that a diverse work force makes us better stewards of the communities we serve. It enhances our ability to respond to an increasingly changing world of patrons, strengthens relations with our communities, and expands the creativity of our libraries. While efforts to diversify the profession have gradually improved in the past quarter-century, … Continue reading Reflecting Our Communities


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Chapters, Affiliates Display Their Strength

December 14, 2011

ALA provides a strong, unified voice for our libraries. Much of the Association’s strength comes not just from our divisions, round tables, and other ALA units, but also from our chapters and affiliates. Each year, many chapters and affiliates invite the ALA president to participate in their conferences, providing a wonderful opportunity for both ALA’s … Continue reading Chapters, Affiliates Display Their Strength


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Helping Warriors Unleash the Power of the Pen

November 8, 2011

The best pleasures in life are often unexpected, and we have been lucky enough to be ambushed by a program that has become one of the most extraordinarily rewarding experiences of our careers. The Sylvania branch of the Toledo–Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and Lourdes College of Sylvania cosponsored the Veterans’ Writing Workshop, which began … Continue reading Helping Warriors Unleash the Power of the Pen


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National Book Festival Stacks Up as Record-Breaker

October 5, 2011

Like a good book, the 11th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., September 24–25, took read­ers to places they had never been before. The new expanded two-day schedule of events, record roster of writers, and new pavil­ions reflected recent literary trends. With the theme “Celebrate the Joys of Reading Aloud,” the festival was organized … Continue reading National Book Festival Stacks Up as Record-Breaker