by Steve Zalusky

James Madison once wrote that a “popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

Madison, who is recognized as the “Father of the Constitution” and a staunch advocate of open government, is honored each year on his birthday, March 16, which is celebrated as National Freedom of Information Day.

It is fair to say that Madison would appreciate the institution of the library. In fact, his estate at Montpelier is notable for its library. At the estate, in the winter and spring...


by Mike Averill, courtesy of Tulsa World

Most visits between Deborah Hunter and her daughter end with Hunter at home, in tears.  Her daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia shortly after starting college. The disease has progressed to a point where Hunter’s daughter doesn’t believe her mother is really her mother.

Instead, in her mind, they are simply friends.  “I had to learn how to...


by Bob Kasarda, courtesy of NWI Times

A lot of the people visiting the nine locations of the Lake County Public Library System are still reading the print editions of newspapers and magazines, and walking out with borrowed books tucked under their arms, according to Carolyn Strickland, who serves as assistant director of public library services.

But Strickland, as well as other library officials across the Region, has seen the role of libraries broaden into areas that were not even imaginable when she began her career 30 years ago...


by Steve Zalusky

At a time when the ability to access and effectively use information, Tabatha “Tabby” Farney, director of web services and emerging technologies and associate professor, is a treasured resource at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

She so impressed one colleague that when he nominated her for a 2016 I Love My Librarian Award, Donald Klingner called her “the best librarian I’ve worked with in my 42 years as a tenured or tenure-earning professor of public administration at public universities in Indiana, Florida and Colorado since 1974.”  High praise, but definitely earned, as her record as research librarian to the UCCS School of Public Affairs over a six-year period attests.

During that time,...


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