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  1. Starting a Library

    Recently, a reader of our I Love Libraries website sent over an inquiry about setting up a library in her community.  According to the IMLS  report, Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2008 (most recent in the series), all but about 2% of t ...

    karenmuller - 03/02/2018 - 09:32 - 4 comments - Professional Tools

  2. Libraries and Photos of Patrons

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. My library board would like to know if ALA has a policy in relation to taking pictures of children or adults in the library and then using them for promotional purposes, including posting them to the online photo sharing web site, ...

    VHAWKINS - 07/16/2014 - 16:11 - Professional Tools

  3. Budgeting for a Library Building

    karenmuller's blog Q. Our town's library is bursting its seams, so we're beginning the exploration for a new one.  Is there any place we can look for the cost factors we need to consider? A. Basic information on planning library buildings m ...

    karenmuller - 07/30/2013 - 15:21 - 2 comments - Professional Tools

  4. Number of Children's Books Published

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. Can you tell me the number of children's books that were published last year? A. There is an annual publication, the Library and Book Trade Almanac ™ (formerly known as The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac) put out ...

    VHAWKINS - 07/30/2013 - 15:22 - Professional Tools

  5. Art Media in the Caldecott Medal Books

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. Using several sources, both print and online, I've tracked down the type of art media used in many of the Caldecott Medal-winning books, but I haven't been able to find some of the older ones, so my list is not complete. ...

    VHAWKINS - 07/30/2013 - 15:22 - 1 comment - Professional Tools

  6. Author Events

    karenmuller's blog Q. I'm an events coordinator for an independent book store.  We try to do author events frequently, often in collaboration with our town's library.  The librarian suggested I look into the resources from ALA.  What do you ...

    karenmuller - 01/22/2014 - 11:30 - Professional Tools

  7. Celebrating National Gaming Day

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. Where can I get information about how to best present and suggest our library celebrating National Gaming Day? A. As we said for our debut of National Gaming Day in November of 2008, in the 21st century, libraries are about much mo ...

    VHAWKINS - 07/30/2013 - 15:22 - Professional Tools

  8. Foreign Credentials

    karenmuller's blog Updated August 24, 2012 Q. I was recently asked by a visitor from Germany about coming to work in a library in the U.S.  She wanted to know if her degree in library science would be acceptable here.  I didn't know what to tell ...

    karenmuller - 08/04/2014 - 17:09 - Professional Tools

  9. Political activities

    karenmuller's blog Q. I am a high-school senior working on a school project in which we must write an extensive paper on a special interest group of our choice. I've always been interested in being a librarian, so I chose the American Library As ...

    karenmuller - 07/30/2013 - 15:21 - Professional Tools

  10. Longevity record?

    karenmuller's blog Q. I was just reading Theodore Jones' "Carnegie Libraries Across America" (Wiley, 1997) and saw a reference to Gladys Powers who served as the librarian in the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library for 67 years (from 1921 ...

    karenmuller - 07/30/2013 - 15:21 - 6 comments - Professional Tools