Bright Idea: Improving diversity in libraries

Aaron Wolowiec

Hoping to introduce more diversity into library workforces, last year the Public Library Association kicked off its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III

Private-Public Collaborative Group Advocates for Library Funding

Associations Now

Through the Corporate Committee for Library Investment, organizations and businesses are banding together to help protect and secure federal funding for America’s libraries. CCLI contends that libraries play an essential role in the U.S.

Fighting Homelessness: Libraries on the Front Lines

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When people think of libraries, they think of books. Here’s how the American Library Association has helped enable that mission around the country. Doors of libraries are open for all—including the homeless. For many, libraries have become a refuge.

New Program Awards Libraries With Gold Stars

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By handing out bronze, silver, and gold stars, the Pennsylvania Library Association is recognizing libraries implementing an initiative to improve the state and its residents. The program began with a small pilot of 19 libraries last spring.

A Library of Event Checklists

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Meetings & Conventions magazine has a great library of checklists that will help you in planning a wide range of events. The M&E library isn’t easy to find, but it includes 15 pages of lists including the following that I found very interesting: 1.

Internet Archive Launches Program for Local Libraries

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With financial support from a federal agency, the Internet Archive is launching a program for libraries around the country to archive community websites in much the same way the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine does.

Is the Library’s Future Bookless?

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Digital Inclusion The American Library Association recently launched a Digital Inclusion Survey to better understand the role libraries play in providing the public with access to technology. Over 5,000 libraries responded to the survey , for an 88 percent response rate.

Google, American Library Association Team on Coding Initiative

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ALA is working with the tech giant to make resources available to librarians in an effort to make exploring code as easy for kids as exploring a book at the library. Libraries have always been important places to learn, especially for kids—and they’ve never been exclusively about books.

Libraries like associations facing challenges of generational differences

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A story about the “controversial” make-over at the New York Public Library caught my eye. As you read the story, you’ll see a “divide” between those wanting a traditional library and those wanting a “wired library.”.

Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case

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A coalition of library organizations has stepped into the legal showdown between the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry over open internet rules. The groups warn that a ruling favoring broadband providers could harm library services.

Scientific Society Opens Its Digital Library for Open Access Week

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To promote the importance of open access, the Electrochemical Society is allowing everyone to access its digital library. The post Scientific Society Opens Its Digital Library for Open Access Week appeared first on Associations Now

Association Study: Libraries Help Close the Digital Gap

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Reporting on its first Digital Inclusion Survey, the American Library Association highlights how libraries are remaining relevant in the digital age—and how hard it is for them to keep up with technology’s quickening pace.

American Library Association Embraces GLBT Book Month

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For the first time, the American Library Association is offering its main stage to GLBT Book Month, a long-running event that highlights the best in literature that reflects the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture.

Library Group Aims to Reeducate Public on Its Profession

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As innovative maker spaces seem to be pushing out book stacks in school libraries, the American Association of School Librarians posits that there’s room for both—and that certified school librarians are the most qualified professionals to give students the best of both worlds.

How the Little Free Library Became Hugely Influential

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Seven years after the first tiny schoolhouse went up on a post, Little Free Libraries are everywhere. In an era where there’s always something new to read on a smartphone or laptop, the Little Free Library concept seems kind of antiquated.

Planned Nonprofit Would Spread Obama Presidential Library’s Benefits

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The Obama Center, planned for Chicago’s South Side, could have a positive impact on the surrounding community—and a coalition aims to create a nonprofit to ensure the neighborhood gets an economic boost from the presidential library.

Association Aims to Make Libraries Cooler to Teens

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The Young Adult Library Services Association hopes to attract more teens to their local libraries with an approach deeply rooted in social media and digital content. There once was a time when libraries frowned upon people using their mobile devices there.

Inked: Librarians Show Off Tattoos to Raise Library Awareness

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The Rhode Island Library Association is getting people talking with its new 2014 calendar featuring librarians and their tats. Try challenging a stereotype like the Rhode Island Library Association, which recently released a calendar of tattooed librarians. “It

American Library Association’s Ferguson Memorial Damaged

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Over the weekend, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) planted a tree and placed a stone with it to honor the memory of Michael Brown, the teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson.

Tech, Trade, and Library Groups Form Copyright Mega-Coalition

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The Re:Create Coalition brings together various groups from the technology, trade, and library industries. A group of library, technology, and trade organizations have joined together to advocate for simpler and more transparent copyright laws.

Library Association Partners With Sarah Jessica Parker on Online Book Club Platform

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The American Library Association’s Book Club Central aims to centralize resources for book clubs, encourage reading, and highlight libraries’ role in their communities. It is a great honor and privilege to partner with the American Library Association and Book Club Central.

Library Group Takes Aim at Adobe Over Privacy Issues

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The American Library Association has been outspoken in criticizing the latest version of Adobe’s electronic reader software, which tracks the reading habits of its users—a major no-no in the library world.

With Association Help, First President Finally Gets His Library

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This new library will help us to maintain and advance George Washington’s timeless relevance in our fast-changing world. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, making it the only presidential library funded by private contributions.

Association Survey Aims to Show Libraries’ Role in “Digital Inclusion”

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The American Library Association is launching a new Digital Inclusion Survey to better demonstrate the role libraries play in providing public access to technology. I believe we all will be better equipped to make the case for libraries with data from this vital new study.”.

Late-Fee Debate Puts Spotlight on Library Association Policies

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The American Library Association supports eliminating overdue charges, calling them a “barrier to library services.” ” Meanwhile, its state counterpart in Wisconsin has endorsed legislation empowering libraries to use collection agencies to gather up unpaid late fees.

Library Association Celebrates Diversity on Children’s Day

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A division of the American Library Association is helping promote the importance of multicultural resources for kids in U.S. libraries to help mark Children’s Day/Book Day today. The post Library Association Celebrates Diversity on Children’s Day appeared first on Associations Now

Libraries to Help Get Word Out About Health Exchanges

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With the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges set to come online in a few months, the American Library Association is teaming up with the federal government to help provide information about them to the public. More details: Why libraries?

Tennessee Education Groups Create Digital Library for High Schoolers

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With the development of a new digital library, Tennessee high school students will be switching from print textbooks to online learning materials this school year. The post Tennessee Education Groups Create Digital Library for High Schoolers appeared first on Associations Now

Religion, Gender Top Issues in Library Group’s List of Challenged Books

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The release of the latest edition of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books list coincides with political attention being paid to censorship. Usually, though, it’s all about the context—particularly at a given school or library.

Bonus Content – Event Garde e-news – August edition

Aaron Wolowiec

Heidi Letzmann, education and programs manager, American Association of Law Libraries. Q & A with Heidi Letzmann, education and programs manager, American Association of Law Libraries.

Religion, Gender Top Issues in Library Group’s List of Challenged Books

Associations Now

The release of the latest edition of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books list coincides with political attention being paid to censorship. Usually, though, it’s all about the context—particularly at a given school or library.

Executive Connections: FORO 2007: The Transborder Library Forum

Executive Connections

FORO 2007: The Transborder Library Forum. The Transborder Library Forum (FORO) began in 1989 at a local Arizona library conference where librarians from United States and Mexico recognized the need to create a network and events where they could meet and discuss issues of common interest while exchanging information and resources across borders. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference FORO 2007: The Transborder Library Forum : Comments. Executive Connections.

Executive Connections: Are You Involved in Corporate e-Learning?

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Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, has asked me to speak at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) )/CLIR (Council of Library and Information Resources) International Roundtable for Library and Information Science in Japan this June. This is the fifteenth annual roundtable where Japanese, European, and American experts share views on the educational role of the research library in the age of information technology.

Beekeeper Service Day

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Memorial Library. The experience made … Continue reading → Service applications cover letter jobs MLK library public service resumeBeekeeper Group celebrated its two-year anniversary last Thursday by participating in a day of service at Martin Luther King Jr. Staffers and Partners worked with job-seekers crafting resumes, writing cover letters, and filling out applications.

Some Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

Eric Lanke

It's about a difference of opinion between the American Library Association and the Wisconsin Library Association over whether or not libraries should charge fees and pursue collection for unreturned library items. Put yourself in the shoes of a library Board member.

Merry Christmas!

Reid All About it

photo source: New York Public Library Digital Gallery. Merry Christmas to all, see you in January!

Executive Connections: Are You Mission Critical?

Executive Connections

Your library or information center must be viewed as mission critical. I reminded our members that libraries and information centers must demonstrate their contributions to their organization’s bottom line if they expect continued funding. They had asked me some time ago to speak about "Defending Libraries at a Time of Budget Uncertainties." Share your experience with library closings by commenting here. Executive Connections. « Planting Seeds | Main.

Executive Connections: Why SLA Must Consider a Name Change

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  Our founder, John Cotton Dana, wrote that the name Special Libraries Association, “was chosen with some hesitation, and rather in default of a better.”    The terms “special library” and “special librarian” were the lowest-ranking concepts we tested.  Executive Connections. « Guest Blogger SLA President Gloria Zamora: Join the Tribe | Main. | SLA Europe Celebrates the Centennial » 29 June 2009. Why SLA Must Consider a Name Change.

More on Content Strategy

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I love decks related to libraries. Content strategy workshop for LACONI, an association of 150 Chicago-area libraries, given September 20, 2013. Content strategy for library websites from Content Company. I feel like they are totally relevant to associations.

Executive Connections: Information Wins at EPA

Executive Connections

Tuesday, 30 September, EPA will reopen previously closed libraries in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. This is a happy new beginning to what started as a tragic story in February 2006, when we learned that the Bush Administration planned to cut funding for EPA’s network of 27 libraries and information centers. SLA was the first library association to publicly condemn the cuts and get our members involved in contacting their representatives in Congress.

Executive Connections: Information Chemistry

Executive Connections

This is a busy time of year for library association conferences, and that means that I have been busy, too. Executive Connections. « Guest Blog: SLA President Gloria Zamora | Main. | SLA’s Illinois Chapter Invests in Members » 01 March 2010. Information Chemistry. Since the first of the year, I have been to SLA’s Leadership Summit, ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, and the IFLA Presidential Meeting.    Together, these gatherings left me with several impressions.

Executive Connections: EPA : The Fight Continues

Executive Connections

Environmental Protection Agency over plans to slash services at its network of regional specialty libraries , the matter was front and center February 6 when the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee took up the matter with EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at a public hearing. We have heard from many SLA members in the scientific and medical community who have told us the closure of the EPA libraries will impact their work directly," I wrote. Executive Connections.

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Four Observations for Associations in 2019 - Moery Company

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If you need some ideas – check out our library of sponsorship content to help. #2 IStock/Credit:Rasica. As you make your plans for 2019 – consider these long-term plays. #1 1 Update your sponsorship programs with new inventory.