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  1. Cleaning Up After Water Damage

    karenmuller's blog Q. The recent severe weather has some of our library regulars asking about salvage of wet books.  What can I tell them? A. I'm going to address your question from two perspectives.  First, what should an individual be doing, a ...

    karenmuller - 06/24/2015 - 12:36 - Professional Tools

  2. Recommended Listening and Audiobooks

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. I got to explain to an older patron today that audiobooks can be downloaded! She last listened to an audiobook when they were still on cassette tapes.  Now that she knows, she would love to give her 13-year-old granddaughter someth ...

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

  3. Happy 135th, ALA!

    karenmuller's blog Q. What were the forces behind the founding conference of the American Library Association? A. Then, as now, the impetus to get together was to improve library services, or to use the language of the time, to promote “efficiency an ...

    karenmuller - 10/04/2013 - 12:12 - Professional Tools

  4. Reading Levels

    karenmuller's blog Q. Is there a reliable source for the suggested reading level of a novel?  I'm a teacher who requires independent reading, but the novels my students bring me sometimes look "too young" for the grade I teach.  I cann ...

    karenmuller - 07/30/2013 - 15:21 - 1 comment - Professional Tools

  5. Librarians in Government

    karenmuller's blog The question came in with the subject line "Reference question that only ALA can answer" but it really is a question that only all of ALA, not just the ALA Librarian, can answer: Are there librarians who have been elected ...

    karenmuller - 07/30/2013 - 15:21 - 9 comments - Professional Tools

  6. Number of Young Adult Books Published

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. There's been a discussion online about how many YA (young adult) books were published in the last few years. A. As this blog explained in the December 8, 2010 entry, Number of Children's Books Published, we use the number ...

    VHAWKINS - 07/30/2013 - 15:22 - 2 comments - Professional Tools

  7. Becoming a Librarian

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. One of our library assistants has decided he'd like to become a librarian. Where can I direct him for more information, particularly for a list of library schools? A. Information on becoming a librarian can be found starting a ...

    VHAWKINS - 08/04/2014 - 16:40 - 2 comments - Professional Tools

  8. Newbery and Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speeches

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. I wasn't able to be at the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  Will the speeches be published somewhere? A. Yes, the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal acceptance speeches are published annua ...

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

  9. Recommended Viewing- Movies and DVDs

    VHAWKINS's blog Q. I know ALA has reading lists in different age groups. But what about lists for other materials? Does ALA make a list of recommended movies or DVDs? And are there lists for different age groups? A. Similar to the ALA Recommended Rea ...

    VHAWKINS - 01/15/2014 - 17:28 - Professional Tools

  10. How to Label a Book

    karenmuller's blog Q.  Does ALA have any guidelines or sample policies for labeling books for the shelves? A. Although the American Library Association has established standards and guidelines for a range of library activities, none of these cover sh ...

    karenmuller - 07/30/2013 - 15:21 - 1 comment - Professional Tools