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Editorial - Library can serve the homeless, too

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:36

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.

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

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:58

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.

Where Have All the Libraries Gone?

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:29

The data shows that libraries are needed, and in fact usage has steadily increased, yet funding remains stagnant. Rather than implementing short-term gaps in service by leasing space to nonprofits, the city should be finding ways to fund fully-functioning libraries that offer an array of free services for all members of their communities.

From Where Have All the Libraries Gone? | Nonprofit Quarterly

The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:43

“That is is a sign of great optimism for the future of not just libraries but for the future of curious communities, which is really what libraries are designed to serve.”

From The public library in an Internet age: a series from Michigan Radio | Michigan Radio

Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:55

The library's renovation is as exquisite as its history is turbulent. The building sits in the heart of the provincial capital that was wracked not so long ago by battles and bullets.

A three-decade civil war pitted Sri Lankan forces against rebels fighting a brutal campaign for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils. The rebels, known as Tamil Tigers, were crushed in 2009, in the closing months of the fighting.

Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 22:52

The public library in Redlands, California is much more than a steward of books and information. It is an exemplar of the history of the town and a living legend of its spirit of generosity, a hallmark of Redlands since its first days.

From Redlands California Library as Center of Civic Revival - The Atlantic