Reeling over budget cuts, a dip in the city's population and shifting reading habits, the director of the Berkshire Athenaeum  pondered how to continue its institution relevant. He said he planned to investigate circulating audio cassettes and, perhaps, compact discs. It was 1985, and the Pittsfield athenaeum had watched circulation of library materials decline 28 percent over the previous five years. READ MORE
The American Library Association’s Library Advocacy Day rally on Capitol Hill was a success thanks to the participation of over 1,600 ALA members and advocates of all ages who braved the 90-degree heat on June 29 to take part in the largest federal advocacy event in ALA history READ MORE
This September, Olympic gold medalist and 2008-2009 NBA top scoring player Dwyane Wade wants Americans to know that a library card is the “smartest card” in every wallet.As Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Wade has donated his time and image to the creation of a print public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines during the month of September. Librarians can download the PSA at READ MORE
The library is generally thought of as a quiet place. But for six nights last summer, a portion of the Westbank Library in Austin, Texas, was transformed into a haven for young gamers.After closing time, around twenty teenagers, supervised by Children’s & Programs Librarian Kristi Floyd, gathered around consoles in the library’s conference rooms to battle it out at Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and Super Mario Kart.Such an event will come as a surprise to many. Gamers, if they think about gaming at libraries at all, likely don’t think of it beyond maybe borrowing a chess board from the front desk. But as times and media technology change, libraries are changing with them, and one of the ways in which they are changing is to embrace gaming in its many different forms. READ MORE
by Susan Baum, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Illinois Library Association Reporter, February 2008.In November, the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies moved to a new $55 million, state-of-the-art, 155,000-square-foot facility, built on one of the last empty lots on Chicago’s historic South Michigan Avenue. Designed by Krueck + Sexton Architects, the new facility provides enhanced features to better serve visitors and students of Spertus College, Spertus Museum, and the Asher Library. READ MORE
"We are facing a $37 million budget cut from the city of New York," NYPL spokeswoman Angela Montefinise told American Libraries. As a result, she said the library is trying to reach out to new audiences, and Improv Everywhere offers audience in abundance.The library contacted Improv Everywhere, but IE largely developed the prank on its own. "We said we wanted them to do something and we wanted to incorporate the closing of a book," to support the campaign theme. "They went with it." READ MORE
The Atlantic City Free Public Library and International National House of Blues Foundation-Atlantic City celebrated Arbor Day 2010 by offering a Tribute to Trees visual arts program on Wednesday, April 28, at the library.Participants in this hands-on workshop utilized a combination of found and recycled tree-based materials – such as newspapers, magazines, cardboard, twigs, leaves and acorns – as well as a variety of art supplies, to create original and environmentally friendly artworks that pay tribute to the importance of trees to our lives. READ MORE
By David and Rylin RodgersBefore our daughter Laura started school, her favorite time of the week was Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning meant Book Buddies, a weekly story time program at a local library for kids ages four through six. In addition to hearing great stories read aloud by an expert storyteller, Laura and the other children got to make a craft each week, color a page of their own book creation, and play a rhyming game which allowed them to transform the stories they heard into silly stories of their own. READ MORE
ALA’s newest affiliate is the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), a professional organization for librarians who work with Judaic collections. AJL was formed in 1966 with the merging of the Jewish Librarians Association and the Jewish Library Association. Reflecting this two-party origin, the current organization has two divisions, one that serves academe (the Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections Division) and one that serves the general public (the Synagogue, School, and Center Division). The mission of AJL is to promote Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources, and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. AJL fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel. READ MORE
Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community. READ MORE