by Lisa Knodel, courtesy of Dayton Daily News

Tom Ratliff was searching the internet to learn more about his deceased grandfather when he discovered an oral history of his military service — all thanks to the Mary L. Cook Public Library’s (OH) participation in a national project more than a decade ago.

“I was trying to find his military records online. I stumbled across the Veterans History Project (VHP) maybe a year ago and saw there was a cassette tape of the interview at the...


by Wayne Weigand, courtesy of American Libraries

Over the past six decades, the media, local and state governments, professional associations, and civic organizations of all kinds have apologized for doing little or nothing while black people were beaten, jailed, and sometimes killed for standing up for their civil rights. The numerous confrontations over integrating public libraries in the South, however, have largely gone unrecognized.

It’s long past time that library organizations and individual libraries do something to recognize the black kids—many of them still alive like...


by Trevor Metcalf, courtesy of (Danville Register & Bee)

At George Washington High School’s (VA) student library around 2:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, students are busy. Some are looking for books, while others work on research projects on the computers.

Around all of the activity, librarians Haley Walters and Kim Roberson say the activity points to a singular belief: in an age of smartphones and evolving technology, school libraries still matter.  “We have a lot of kids who just...


by Steve Zalusky

Kathryn Cole, school librarian at Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill, N.C. has maximized her resources to make her library is not only available to all students, but that those students make the most of their educational opportunities.

According to her nominator for the award, Nancy Zeman, Cole “helps all students in this diversely populated school build literate lives” by creating opportunities for them to identify as readers, encouraging curiosity and exploration through literature and fostering positive relationships with the community.

She has especially distinguished herself in her work with underserved students within the school, making sure all students have equal access.  Her dedication to...


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