Gale Presents Diplomas at the Public Library

Call Number Podcast: Gale Presents Diplomas at the Public Library

May 23, 2022

On this bonus episode of Call Number with American Libraries, sponsored by Gale, Diana Panuncial, associate editor of American Libraries and podcast host, speaks with Michelle Mears, director of RHL. They’re joined by Brittany Smullin, a 30-year-old single mom who was the first public library graduate of the program this spring, and who took her … Continue reading Call Number Podcast: Gale Presents Diplomas at the Public Library



Call Number podcast: The Buzz on Scripps National Spelling Bee

December 16, 2021

On this bonus episode of Call Number with American Libraries, sponsored by the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Phil Morehart, communications manager for the American Library Association, talks with J. Michael Durnil, executive director of the Bee. They discuss how the Scripps National Spelling Bee has changed over time, the benefits of participating, how libraries can … Continue reading Call Number podcast: The Buzz on Scripps National Spelling Bee


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Free Resources for Job Seekers

December 8, 2021

Resources for people who’ve lost their job The Employment Recovery website is a one-stop shop for job seekers who’ve been laid off. Sudden job loss, especially during the current pandemic and changing job market, can easily overwhelm anyone. Offering specific resources to meet immediate needs can help job seekers regain a sense of control. Employment … Continue reading Free Resources for Job Seekers



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Deciphering Colonial History

June 26, 2021

“Settlement, Slavery, and Empire, 1624–1832” is the first of three modules and will be published this year. “Colonial Government and Abolition, 1833–1849” and “Economic Change and Indentured Labor, 1850–1870” are forthcoming over the next two years. “This digital initiative will allow users to explore and research the economic and social conditions across the islands and … Continue reading Deciphering Colonial History


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Why Content Matters

June 24, 2021

Reading Plus is a comprehensive online program that provides students in grades 3–12 with tools to enhance their reading skills. The program includes online adaptive assessments that offer a full diagnostic profile of each student’s ability. Kerry Mescallado, managing editor at Reading Plus, said the program increases vocabulary as well as interest in and motivation … Continue reading Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Why Content Matters


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Partnering for Success in the School Library

February 3, 2021

“We’re surrounded by so many wonderful people who care about our kids and our community,” says Jennifer Sutton, teacher librarian at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois. Sutton organized LPC-2 with Mariela Siegert, former librarian at Westfield Middle in Bloomingdale and Sia Paganis, former librarian at Spring Woods Middle in Hanover Park. (Siegert is … Continue reading Partnering for Success in the School Library


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Meeting Digital Challenges

January 23, 2021

Last year saw unprecedented increases in digital lending. Digital collections aren’t new to libraries, but coronavirus precautions have led many library users to try out ebooks, digital audiobooks, and other online offerings for the first time. Shannon Lichty, vice president of partner services for OverDrive, moderated a panel of academic, public, and school librarians in … Continue reading Meeting Digital Challenges


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Defining and Defying the “New Normal”

December 4, 2020

Given concerns about entering library buildings, interacting face to face, and handling physical materials, libraries have found ways to meet changing community needs. With varying levels of success, many have tried some form of curbside pickup, in which physical materials are reserved and retrieved from the library parking lot or drive-through, or a table outside … Continue reading Defining and Defying the “New Normal”


Gale Case Studies

Promoting LGBTQ Resources

October 28, 2020

Her longstanding commitment to equal rights and making LGBTQ material more available to educators, students, and researchers led to Johnston herself becoming part of an archive a few years ago. She shared experiences about her involvement with the Rainbow Round Table with members of the ALA Emerging Leaders Program for their oral history of the … Continue reading Promoting LGBTQ Resources


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Health Tools for Library Workers, Patrons Facing Job Loss

May 29, 2020

Library workers and patrons who have experienced job loss can lean on special enrollment coverage options as part of the ACA, check their eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and familiarize themselves with reliable health resources. Libraries can support their communities with promotional efforts to increase awareness of health insurance coverage … Continue reading Health Tools for Library Workers, Patrons Facing Job Loss