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  1. 2014 Year in Review

    AL editors recap industry highlights from 2014 By the editors of American Libraries   School Library Victories Successful grassroots efforts in Iowa and Vermont saw legislation that benefited school librarians, while states like Kansas are working to pass ...

    ssinharoy - 12/31/2014 - 14:28 - American Libraries Magazine

  2. Digital Media Labs

    Transform your patrons from consumers into creators by Amanda L. Goodman Where in a library can families share their stories? Where can teens create music videos and upload them online? Where can a veteran revisit his Army buddies? The answer is in the li ...

    geberhart - 12/31/2014 - 09:10 - American Libraries Magazine

  3. Drawing the Line on Data

    Are libraries late to the preventive analytics party? By Meredith Farkas I recently attended the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, which is a fantastic event for anyone who wants to keep up with trends in library assessment. At this year’s confere ...

    MPERA - 12/26/2014 - 20:00 - American Libraries Magazine

  4. Who Will Shape the Future?

    How the new ALA Center for the Future of Libraries will help us better understand the trends that shape our world By Keith Michael Fiels In May, then-President Barbara Stripling brought together a hundred individuals—and about half from outside the librar ...

    ssinharoy - 12/23/2014 - 20:00 - American Libraries Magazine

  5. Making the Most of Midwinter

    Tips to take to Chicago, January 30-February 3, 2015 By Mariam Pera The weather outside may be frightful (or not!), but Midwinter sets a warm scene, providing numerous opportunities to share and engage with colleagues. Midwinter is a time to join the conv ...

    MPERA - 12/22/2014 - 14:33 - American Libraries Magazine

  6. Dog Therapy 101

    Expert advice to keep your program out of the doghouse By Tim Inklebarger Turning to animals to help kids become more comfortable reading was not a new concept in 2011, when Ashley Weibling became librarian of Savannah Elementary School in Aubrey, Texas. ...

    PMOREHART - 12/22/2014 - 12:42 - American Libraries Magazine

  7. Outcomes-Based Futures

    Keeping our eyes on the prize By Linda W. Braun Three-dimensional printers, apps, social networks. It’s easy to get caught in the trap of responding to the newest tech­nology or educational stratagem when planning your program of service for youth and the ...

    MPERA - 12/18/2014 - 15:08 - American Libraries Magazine

  8. Referenda Roundup 2014

    An overview of how states performed in the November ballots By Kathy Rosa During the 2014 election year, the ALA Office for Research and Statistics tracked 153 library referenda across 22 states. Of the 126 measures, Ohio and Michigan led the way in sheer ...

    geberhart - 12/16/2014 - 09:06 - American Libraries Magazine

  9. The Convergence of LAMs

    By Karen Muller The missions of libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) converge with a common purpose: preserving our cultural heritage. To fully understand the past, it is important to look at materials collected by LAMs as a whole, with each institutio ...

    PMOREHART - 12/12/2014 - 11:22 - American Libraries Magazine

  10. Reading on the Inside

    Programs help incarcerated parents connect with their children through books By Megan Cottrell “Do you still like boxing?” The question startled librarian Dan Marcou. He had been sitting quietly at a small town library outside of the system where he works ...

    ssinharoy - 12/09/2014 - 10:27 - American Libraries Magazine