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  1. The Price of Patronage

    The hidden cost of library fees By Jennifer Dewey When I travel, the first thing I typically seek out in any new city is its public library. It gives me immense pleasure to see a thriving library, full of patrons taking advantage of all the materials and ...

    MPERA - 12/04/2014 - 10:06 - American Libraries Magazine

  2. We Are Global

    Individually and collectively, we make a difference Courtney L. Young As I was growing up, my mother wanted me to know there was a big, wide world out there and to appreciate it, understand it, and be a part of it. When I was a kid, our Army family was st ...

    LBORMAN - 11/18/2014 - 16:02 - American Libraries Magazine

  3. District Library Supervisors Under Duress

    The Lilead Project Survey Results By Maria R. Traska More than five years after the start of the Great Recession, school libraries in the US are in crisis, their budgets constricted and their staff short-handed or nonexistent. Professional staff positions ...

    LBORMAN - 11/17/2014 - 16:06 - American Libraries Magazine

  4. RIP, IPL

    A fond farewell to the Internet Public Library By Joseph Janes I’ve had multiple occasions this year to reflect on the passage of time: 2014 marks 35 years since I went to college (and never left—though I can’t say I wasn’t warned), and 25 years since I c ...

    ssinharoy - 11/13/2014 - 10:08 - 2 comments - American Libraries Magazine

  5. Ferguson's Safe Haven

    Library becomes refuge during unrest By Tim Inklebarger School was set to begin in Ferguson, Missouri, just days after the August 9 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by city police—an event that sparked protests, civil unrest, and a s ...

    PMOREHART - 11/25/2014 - 10:08 - American Libraries Magazine

  6. Promoting Access for Blind and Visually Impaired Patrons

    An IFLA manifesto and its strategic importance for American libraries By Mike L. Marlin On June 28, 2013, delegates from member countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency, signed the “ Marrakesh Treaty to Fac ...

    geberhart - 11/06/2014 - 08:42 - American Libraries Magazine

  7. A Novel in 30 Days

    Libraries embrace NaNoWriMo By Phil Morehart In November 2013, 310,095 writers embarked on a mission to pen a 50,000-word first draft of a novel in one month. That’s approximately 1,667 words every day for 30 days. The challenge is the crux of National No ...

    PMOREHART - 11/01/2014 - 20:00 - American Libraries Magazine

  8. Collections Are for Collisions

    Design it into the experience By Steven J. Bell In 1754 Horace Walpole, a British aristocrat, wrote a letter to Sir Horace Mann in which he contemplated the phenomenon of “happy accidents” or “pleasant surprises.” Walpole referenced a Persian fairy tale i ...

    MPERA - 10/13/2014 - 09:32 - American Libraries Magazine

  9. Flipped Classrooms

    Turning the tables on traditional library instruction By Nancy Fawley Librarians consistently struggle with how to cover the concepts they need to teach in a short amount of time instructors allot them, all the while making their instruction engaging and ...

    MPERA - 10/07/2014 - 15:48 - American Libraries Magazine

  10. #ALLive: Self-Service Software and Devices

    By Mariam Pera Self-service software and devices were the focal point of the September 18 episode of American Libraries Live (AL Live). Panelists Karen McPheeters, director, Farmington (N.Mex.) Public Library; Mary Johns, director, Siouxland Libraries in ...

    MPERA - 10/22/2014 - 11:04 - American Libraries Magazine