CHICAGO — Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their users while also solving immediate problems. Best of all, these projects can be lightweight, inexpensive, and quick to realize.
CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Chelcie Juliet Rowell as the new editor of ALCTS News, a continuously updated online publication with the purpose to report the news and activities of ALCTS and its members, and to be the voice of the association. Her term will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
CHICAGO — Public libraries’ mission, skills, and position in their communities make them ideal facilitators of public access to local resources. In other words, the collection is all around, and libraries can help citizens discover historical, cultural, and natural riches that they might otherwise overlook.
CHICAGO — As the saying goes, all politics is local. And 90% of funding for public libraries comes from the will of local politicians and, in turn, from local voters. So it’s urgent that librarians, library supporters, and anyone interested in running an election or campaign for a library understand the strategies, resources, and tactics necessary for positive political action. Whether election day is four months away or four years away, there are immediate steps library leaders and local library ballot committees should take to help secure a successful ballot initiative later.
CHICAGO — When people want to satisfy their immediate curiosity they’re much more likely to use a search engine on their mobile device than ask their local library. But while the days of personal intervention in this kind of query are inevitably numbered, the professional skills that underpin them are not.
CHICAGO — Mentor, creator, monitor, and negotiator: these are some of the roles a supervisor must play, and wearing that many hats is a challenge that requires discipline and organization (and a healthy sense of humor). The third edition of Beth McNeil’s “Fundamentals of Library Supervision,” published by ALA Editions, is a newly updated and revised edition of a classic text that will give you the grounding to supervise, manage, and lead with confidence.