CHICAGO — Authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds and illustrators Ekua Holmes and Christopher Myers join American Libraries for a special live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.
CHICAGO — What will the upcoming midterm elections mean for your library and community? Join us for a free 60-minute webinar at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 9 where we’ll provide an overview of key results from the 2018 elections and explore their implications. ALA’s Washington Office will dig into how the outcomes could affect engagement from library advocates and how ALA’s upcoming advocacy plans will align.
CHICAGO — In the August episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll hear library industry veterans Jim Schmidt and Brad Gray explain RBdigital streaming video—a new, innovative streaming video service that allows patrons to binge-watch videos without breaking your library’s budget. They’ll discuss how it differs from other offerings available to libraries today, how the trend of binge-watching has impacted your digital services, and how you can serve and reach more patron groups using this service.
CHICAGO — OA2020 is a global initiative to transform scholarly publishing from the current subscription (paywall) system to new open access publishing models. Over 100 libraries and institutions from around the world have joined OA2020, including a growing number from the United States.
CHICAGO — There’s no doubt that foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math will help tomorrow’s job seekers to excel in the future of work. However, much of this success depends on the level of STEM instruction they receive while still in elementary, middle and high school.
While we often assume that STEM programs are being initiated by classroom teachers, new research suggests that librarians and media specialists are increasingly taking the lead in bringing new, innovative tools into their school programs.
CHICAGO — Libraries often struggle with creative or effective ideas to promote digital content to their patrons. Common challenges include lacking a budget, not having an in-house marketing department, and trying to reach patrons who are not physically in the library. However, digital content promotion is critical as more and more people consume content through a computer or mobile device.
CHICAGO — Libraries serve their communities above all else, and it’s crucial that librarians work not only with people in the community but also with institutions and businesses. Building positive and productive relationships with these organizations can be a challenge, but they can be tremendously beneficial to the library. They can lead to everything from content to marketing to funding as they further cement the library’s status as an indispensable member of the community.
CHICAGO — The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin.