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The Active Librarian Journal Launch | Call for Papers!

<em>The Active Librarian</em> has published its first issue! Peer-reviewed and practical, <em>TAL</em> publishes the programs, initiatives, and services of public librarians. It aims to house the best practices from which librarians can draw inspiration. In this issue, we focus on teaching in public libraries, although Crystal Trice (Washington County Cooperative) discusses usability testing, packed with stuff like wireframes, card sorts, and heat maps. Seriously: who DOESN'T like heat maps?

Wi-Fi hotspot loans from Kitchener, Ont. library a Canadian first

Kitchener Public Library is embracing the digital age, and setting a new standard for libraries in Canada with its new Wi-Fi hotspot loan program. 

"We do believe we are the first library in Canada to offer Wi-Fi loans," said library CEO Mary Chevreau.  

From Wi-Fi hotspot loans from Kitchener, Ont. library a Canadian first - Kitchener-Waterloo - CBC News

9 Amazing Things You Can Take Out From the Library

"We certainly understand the economy of lending," Wolstenholme says. (Resource-strapped libraries typically acquire these items from donations.) She's surveying to gauge patron interest in a telescope, metal detector, even a game camera to catch footage of those pesky coyotes in the back yard.

With help from Jessica D’Avanza, community services librarian at Barrington Public Library and other library staff throughout the state, we’ve put together a list of great things you might not know you can borrow from Rhode Island’s libraries

From Rhode Island, libraries, unusual items

Where Do Books from Closed Libraries Go?

Philly Voice answers the {infrequently asked} question:

Q) What happens to the books at closed libraries like the South Philadelphia one at Broad and Morris streets?

Question answered by Jennifer Maguire-Wright, chief manager of materials for the Free Library of Philadelphia:

A) The materials in the South Philadelphia collection were mostly sent to other neighborhood libraries in the library system. Items that were in poor condition or outdated were withdrawn from the collection -- we call it “weeding,” in library lingo. Those items are typically offered to other city agencies for a period of time and then sold in book sales.

How do you determine which ones get the boot?

We have a collection development policy that includes details on how we keep our collections fresh and current. Typically, items are removed from the collection due to condition. Our books can be well-loved to the point that they are falling apart. For non-fiction, we have guides based on the content. A good example is health-related materials. Anything older than five years is looked at critically to see if there are newer titles on the topic ...

Remember Hydrox?

Is it or isn't it the Public Librarians favorite cookie? Rumor has it that they're coming back. But as you are library folk, rumor doesn't quite cut it.

Post inspired by recent conversation on Publib list Publib Archives.

Please comment yay or nay. Any votes for 'Nilla Wafers?

Library explores relationship with homeless WILMINGTON -- The New Hanover County Library is working to figure out what role it should play in the lives of the homeless who use some of its branches, particularly the main library on Chestnut Street. Harry Tuchmayer, New Hanover County Library's director, said staff members have had internal discussions about whether they could be better prepared to help homeless people.

Editorial - Library can serve the homeless, too

Homelessness is a complex social issue -- from its root causes, how to help the people who are experiencing it, and how to end it. The New Hanover County Library finds itself wrestling with that complexity as it tries to decide how to interact with the homeless people who use its branches – particularly downtown – as a hangout. From the beginning we would like to make it clear that homeless people have every right to use the library, or any other public facility, for that matter. It would be naïve, however, to pretend that homeless folks do not create special challenges and, yes, prob

Two East Contra Costa nonprofits set up libraries at public housing

The El Pueblo library evolved from a partnership that includes Reading Advantage, a Brentwood-based nonprofit, the Housing Authority of Contra Costa County, the county library and its Pittsburg branch, and the Grace Worship Center.

"They love being able to go home with books," said Terris Allen, a volunteer with Grace Worship Center, which also runs after-school and tutoring programs at the learning center that opened in June. "They can start their own personal library. This is something they can keep with them, and pass it down to a little brother or sister as they grow older so there is always a book in the house."

From Two East Contra Costa nonprofits set up libraries at public housing -

Sacramento's Library of Things

From today's New York Times:

(as we know quite well...) Libraries aren’t just for books, or even e-books, anymore. They are for checking out cake pans (North Haven, Conn.), snowshoes (Biddeford, Me.), telescopes and microscopes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), American Girl dolls etc.

How Charlotte Mecklenburg Library convinced 13,000 people to come back

After a year, you go to “inactive” status and begin getting emails saying the library misses you. These alone have brought back 13,000 people so far, Anderson said. Interestingly enough, the library’s found that the No. 1 thing inactive users do first is to actually go into a branch and check out a book.

More granular demographic clusters include “dependables,” or heavy users, “rising stars,” or children who check out books regularly, “audiophiles,” who use audiobooks, or “bedtime stories,” or people checking out a lot of fiction/nonfiction books.

The data project coincides with a special advertising campaign the library is introducing this fall. Beginning this month, the library will have billboards on I-77, I-85 and Independence Boulevard, each for eight weeks at a time.

From How Charlotte Mecklenburg Library convinced 13,000 people to come back - Charlotte Agenda


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