Public Libraries

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

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Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda (pdf) for Libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. “Too often, decision makers do not yet understand the extent ... Read More »

IMLS announces next immigration webinar in series

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  On July 2, 2015, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a free webinar for public librarians on the topic of immigration and U.S. citizenship. Join in to learn more about what resources are available to assist libraries that provide immigrant and adult education services. The webinar, Overview of ... Read More »

Experts to talk library hacker spaces at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

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How can libraries ensure that learners of all ages stay curious, develop their passions, immerse themselves in learning? Learn about developing library learning spaces at this year’s 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The interactive session, “Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library,” takes place from 1:00–2:00p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The session will ... Read More »

Pew Research Center to share new data on libraries as community hubs

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Over the last three years, the Pew Research Center has deftly documented how Americans perceive, use and aspire for U.S. public libraries. From e-book readership to library user typologies, to better understanding how Hispanics use public libraries, Pew researchers have added to our knowledge of our communities—users and non-users alike. During the session “Pew Library Research Update Program” Senior Researcher ... Read More »

Libraries on the offense in the digital revolution

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Today, American Libraries magazine launched, Digital Futures a new digital supplement that features articles both on how libraries are innovating and leading, as well as paths ahead for taking the initiative. Digital Futures is the fifth American Libraries magazine supplement on ebooks and digital content. “I’m so pleased to see story after story about librarians being proactive related to the ... Read More »