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Daniel Boone Regional Library
For fifty-five years, staff members of Missouri’s Daniel Boone Regional Library have worked hard to create more than just a collection of books.
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Salt Lake Libraries Forgive Fines in Exchange for Food
The Salt Lake City Public Library System and the Utah Food Bank have teamed up for the annual Food for Fines program.
Public libraries are More Popular Than Ever in This Information Age
A young library patron is in her element at the 2013 San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library book sale.
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Amid the hectic pace of our lives, a library is like a comfy chair in front of a cozy fireplace on a wintry day, where people of every age and status can sit down and feel like they've come home... to a world without boundaries, to the world of books. CJ Carr
In Focus: Think Like a Startup: A White Paper to Inspire Library Entrepreneurialism
Flip through the headlines and you’ll see that there is much to be concerned about: bankruptcy, mergers, and closures. Even Harvard is reducing library hours and laying off staff.
While state budgets swing between bad and worse, something else is happening--something more than just financial hardship. Higher education is facing increasing public criticism, and it’s possible (perhaps even inevitable) that the bubble is going to burst. Of course it won’t vanish; it will just evolve, like everything does, but traditional educational delivery is about to be disrupted.
Best Practices: Keeping Your Library Up to Date
In today’s libraries, there is a continuous issue with keeping materials up to date. There are many new avenues in libraries where information can be found, stored and studied. E-books and ejournals have emerged as major areas of interest in libraries. Patrons need to be able to access up-to-date resources within their local library. There are more and more publications and articles circulated on the Internet daily. Libraries need to be able to update their system, as well as their subscriptions to e-journals or e-books, frequently.
Spotlight: WT Cox Information Services
WT Cox Information Services proudly offers the best service standards in the industry. Our customers enjoy personalized electronic and print serials solutions and a host of integrated serials services including eContentStats (powered by Pubget) - statistic and analytic e-resource tool, Journal Finder - our exclusive A-Z, Link Resolver and ERM solution, access to over 3+ million eBooks, collaborative search and discovery tool and more. WT Cox is committed to serving academic, special, government, public and K-12 libraries. Allow us to provide cost-effective, personalized solutions for your library.
Best Practices in Social Media for Academic Libraries
Social media is key to 21st century communication with library users, and enables the academic library to pursue its mission and goals online, while promoting library resources and services. As Johnson and Burclaff note in their 2013 ACRL conference paper, “Making Social Media Meaningful: Connecting Missions and Policies”, 94% of academic libraries have a social media presence, mainly on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, but only 2% of those surveyed have a library-specific policy for social media (402). They also stress the importance of linking the academic library social media policy to the library’s mission statement, stating, “Mission-based goals and actions are particularly valuable in areas of rapid change, like social media… The library mission should drive the library’s activities and should therefore be present in these guiding policies.”
Case Study: Durable, Flexible Display and Storage Solution
When Aurora West High School began its building expansion, the library staff turned to the experts at Aurora for product solutions and design advice.
Aurora West Librarian Mary Hauge stated: “With a current student body of 3,200 students, the library gets considerable daily use. Whatever product we decided to put into the library needed to stand up to the constant flow of traffic. We also wanted to have flexibility in our book display and storage, with easy reconfiguration. Finally the new addition had to look bright and inviting.”
Spotlight: Mulders Red Carpet Moving & Storage
Around the corner or across the country, let the professional staff and highly trained crews at Mulder's Red Carpet Moving & Storage handle your library’s move. From preparation to completion, you are assured to receive a thoroughly planned and executed move. With more than 15 years of experience and over 30 million volumes moved successfully, let Mulder's Library Relocations team show you how we can help. Don’t make a move without us!
Case Study: Achieving State-wide Resource Sharing for 90% Less
MOBIUS, a Missouri-based library consortium that includes more than 70 academic, public and special libraries, is dedicated to providing equal access to library materials for all users in the state. Founded in 1998, MOBIUS continually adds libraries to the consortium and implements new programs that empower library users through improved access to an expanding union catalog of library materials that now includes more than 7 million unique titles.
Challenge: Librarians in Missouri were committed to sharing materials with users at diverse institutions all around the state, but they found traditional interlibrary loan systems to be frustrating, clumsy, and costly. These librarians challenged themselves to find a solution that would provide equal access to library materials throughout the state, regardless of the size or budget of each library community. They sought an affordable, seamless, patron-initiated borrowing system that removed the time-consuming and resource-intensive hurdles of traditional ILL.
Solution: After considering all the options, MOBIUS chose Innovative’s INN-Reach to power the MOBIUS union catalog and provide access to its users. INN-Reach's one-touch fulfillment has transformed resource sharing between Missouri’s libraries, making it faster and more cost-effective, while exponentially increasing items available to library users.
Best Practices: Interlibrary Loan--Copyright Guidelines and Best Practices
Sharing materials between academic libraries, whether lending or borrowing, is critical to meeting the content needs of patrons. Many interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions involve sending or transmitting materials such as journal articles and photocopies that are not returned. While U.S. copyright law addresses non-returnables, there are some areas that still present challenges for librarians.
Grants & Funding
Funds are available for a broad range of libraries, including public, academic, medical and special interest. They include support in the form of awards, competitions, recruitment grants, and collection or program development grants.Read on
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