Public Libraries

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 »

IMLS announces new immigration webinar for public libraries

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[UPDATE: IMLS HAS POSTPONED THIS WEBINAR, AND WILL ANNOUNCE A NEW DATE AND TIME IN THE COMING WEEKS] Next week, 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 ... Read More »

Hundreds gather in D.C. for 41st annual National Library Legislative Day

NLLD crowd

This week, hundreds of library supporters met in Washington, D.C. to speak with their legislators about the importance of libraries. From May 4–5, 2015, more than 400 library advocates met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 41st annual National Library Legislative Day. This year, National Library Legislative Day advocates asked their ... Read More »

3D/DC: A good day for libraries

3D Printer

Last Wednesday, the Washington, D.C. think tank Public Knowledge hosted 3D/DC, its annual 3D printing policy symposium at the U.S. Capitol Complex. The all-day event brought together educators, government officials, 3D printer manufacturers, leaders of the open-source digital file-sharing movement, entrepreneurs and software developers from across the country. Programming consisted of a series of panels on topics ranging from distributed ... Read More »

Supporting a seamless learning environment

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

This week, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released new data (pdf) showing that the most powerful demographic predictor of library card ownership is poverty—more than 60 percent of children living below the poverty level did not have a public library card. Impoverished children often fall behind in school as they face challenges obtaining reading materials, accessing high-speed ... Read More »