by Steve Zalusky

Federal budget discussions have librarians and library supporters concerned, as the budgetary guillotine looms over the Institute of Museum and Library Services, known as IMLS.  IMLS, which is celebrating its 20th year, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums.

As it states on its website, “Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, our grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.”

But that...


by Crystal Thomas, courtesy of the Joplin Globe

Despite welcoming quiet in her library, Julie Yockey found she couldn't stay silent when the governor's recommendations for next year's budget came out earlier this month. 

On Tuesday, Yockey, director of the Carthage (MO) Public Library, was chosen as the one representative to meet with the governor from the librarians who flocked to the Capitol on Library Advocacy Day. Librarians came from all over the state came to plead with their elected officials to restore their funding.

In the 2015 budget year, public...


In his eulogy to the American volunteers fallen for France during World War I, the poet Alan Seeger wrote: “They brought fresh hearts … to that high mission. Yet sought they neither recompense nor praise.” As the centenary of the United States’ entry into World War I approaches, those who didn’t fall but also brought “their fresh hearts” to France deserve a remembrance of their own. Many American women librarians volunteered for “that high mission” of organizing library services in the war-devastated regions of northern France. Their work...


by Jeanne Drewes, courtesy of American Libraries

The living voice is that which sways the soul,” wrote Roman author Pliny the Younger in the 1st century CE. Indeed, the audible voice is an essential component of an interview. Programs such as StoryCorps and other oral history programs preserve the voices that convey the memories of participants in important events of earlier times.

Libraries have been collecting audio and video for many years, and audiovisual librarians well know the value of voices and moving images. Within the profession itself, Technical Services Manager A...


Review of the Day

Strout, Elizabeth (author).
Apr. 2017. 272p. Random, hardcover, $27 (9780812989403).
REVIEW. First published March 15, 2017 (Booklist). In this collection of short stories centered in and near the fictional town of Amgash, Illinois, last visited in
Legislative Action Center: Take action for libraries
Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017, Honorary Chair Jukie Foudy
Pamphlet: Quotable facts about America's Libraries, 2017 edition

Organizations Welcome Librarians After Town Tackles Parks, Jobs and Safety

The Spokane County (Wash.) Library District is known for its customer service, material lending and management of public dollars. So when a new library director suggested a community-oriented initiative to staff members in 2012, some rolled their eyes. But after some initial skepticism, the changes have been overwhelmingly positive...READ MORE

Libraries Transform

School Libaries Make the Difference

Scott Westerfeld: "So many libraries are just saving lives."

2017 ALA Midwinter - Scott Westerfeld on Libraries Changing Lives

More author videos