The Christian Broadcasting Network ( recently aired a story that included interviews with ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels and Paula Kiely, Director of the Milwaukee Public Library.The video focused on the increasing use of public libraries in the United States due to the recent trough economy, coupled with the decline in their finding. While libraries have embraced the online world by staying current with technology, most public libraries around the country are facing a loss in funding which means fewer librarians, fewer hours and in some cases the closing of libraries. READ MORE
A great deal of discussion has been devoted to the role of libraries in an era when information is digitized and largely accessible free on the Internet. There is, however, a separate, looming question that will have an even greater significance: What is the role of the public library in a world where an increasing number of titles are available as paid, securely protected eBooks?In fact, these innovations create a unique opportunity for libraries to fulfill one of their most important public missions: providing community members with free access to new books and new forms of knowledge. READ MORE
The American Library Association (ALA) and Target Corporation today announced their partnership in Target’s nationwide Target Read With Me campaign to help increase the reading proficiency of children.As part of this partnership, ALA is providing support and resources for a dedicated website that is focused on encouraging adults to read to children. The goal is to help foster a love of books and reading, and significantly increase a child’s ability to read on their own by the end of third grade. READ MORE
When area libraries started offering computer classes geared toward job-related skills two years ago, organizers found many of the laid-off auto industry workers had never used computers."They really needed the basic computer skills," said Ruth Ann Montgomery, director of the Arrowhead Library System, which coordinates and expands services at Rock County libraries [in Janesville, WI].The libraries since the late 1990s had offered computer classes, but when word hit that the area would be flooded with thousands of laid-off workers, Montgomery took action. READ MORE
Originally appeared on The Association of Jewish Libraries Blog Snapshot Day 2010 READ MORE
The Great Recession has taken its toll on almost every aspect of American life. Libraries appear to have been particularly hard hit, with cities around the country closing library branches, laying off staff and cutting budgets to meet revenue shortfalls.But Hanover's Howe Library ( is bucking that trend. Library officials announced this week that the Howe would increase its hours by staying open on summer Sundays, starting next year. Thanks to a gift from the late Leonard Morrissey and his family, the library will be open seven days a week, year 'round READ MORE
If information is power, then there's no hero mightier than a librarian. Librarians are superheroes, adventurers, explorers and invaluable guides to other heroes. Here are 20 amazing librarians who save the world every day!As Spider Robinson writes in The Callahan Touch, "Mary Kay is one of the hidden masters of the world — a librarian. They control information. Don't ever make one angry." So here are 20 librarians who you shouldn't ever enrage— but who might be a lot of help if you're in a tight corner. READ MORE
Calling all Library and Book Lovers - If you didn't get that special gift over the holiday season check out this blog the Gift Guide for Library and Book Lovers by the California School Library Association Campaign for Strong School Libraries. The site features more than 75 products, ranging from small to tall, fashion, furniture, guy stuff and kid stuff for the book lover.Proceeds made from the Google ads on the site support the CSLA's Campaign for Strong School Libraries. The campaign is designed to provide information about California school libraries. Visitors to the site are invited to give their time, talent and money to advocate for strong school libraries, implementing the new Model School Library Standards and creating legislative action READ MORE
1. Public libraries encourage democracy.Public libraries provide access to information and multiple points of view so that citizens can make informed decisions on public policy. READ MORE