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It is no coincidence that the Missoula Public Library recently received overwhelming voter approval for a $30 million referendum for a new library; library patrons are well acquainted with the many ways the library reaches out to the community. The new library will triple its circulation from 200,000 items to around 600,000. Given its transformative nature, the library has adopted the Libraries Transform campaign. Library Director Honore Bray said the Libraries Transform campaign is a perfect fit for her library. The Libraries Transform Because statements played a part in the library’s push for a new building – one Because statement informed the public “Because 1 in 4 Missoulans doesn't have access to a utility called the Internet.” The new library will triple its capacity for Internet connectivity and computer use. READ MORE
Earlier this year, the MidPointe Library System in Middletown, Ohio, was in the process of completing two major building projects: the first new branch in more than 40 years and an expanded and updated library. That’s when library director Travis Bautz realized the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign could be a helpful marketing tool in opening the new spaces to the public. READ MORE
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: Librarians see community engagement work as part of their fundamental responsibilities, and the library has been invited to participate in the community in new and exciting ways. READ MORE
School librarian Kristina Holzweiss was flipping through the American Library Association’s (ALA) graphics catalog when she saw the Libraries Transform campaign’s “I’m an expert in” badges. The first thought that came to her mind was, “How can I use these in my school library?” Rather than she being the only one to wear a badge, Holzweiss decided to try them out with her student “techspert” team at Bay Shore Middle School (BSMS) in Long Island, N.Y. At BSMS, Holzweiss works with “techspert” students throughout different periods of the day. They help her in the library with everything from wrangling robots to creating websites and organizing the makerspace. READ MORE
When Kimberly Tate-Louie, a graduate MMLIS student at the University of Southern California (USC) became president of her American Library Association Student Chapter in May 2016, she vowed to put the chapter on the map. “We wanted to make a name for the chapter and make it known that there are passionate students involved in the program at USC and involved in the chapter,” she said. She said she was inspired by articles in American Libraries magazine about the Libraries Transform campaign. “What I like about Libraries Transform is that it’s based on how libraries are still relevant and continue to be relevant. They are more than relevant,” she said, especially in a digital environment. READ MORE
The traffic light victory began with Red Hook Public Library Director Erica Freudenberger’s goal to change the perception of the library. Freudenberger said, at the time, many residents thought the library was a “musty old building that was best to be avoided.” With this in mind, the library director united staff members, politicians and local civic engagement specialists to make the library an agent of change. READ MORE
The Daviess County Public Library (DCPL) in Western Kentucky has not only embraced the Libraries Transform campaign; it has carried it to a higher level. Using the talents of its videographer, Michael Dunn, and pressing into service its recently acquired drone, the library produced a 10-minute documentary giving a short history of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign and showing how the library uses the campaign’s messaging. READ MORE
The Libraries Transform campaign is itself transforming. As the campaign continues to focus on libraries turning outward and engaging their communities, it is also turning inward as well by emphasizing the “expert in the library.” The initiative by American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro aims at getting libraries to shine a light on their bushel basket – to put the daily transformative work they do front and center before the public. READ MORE
With its emphasis on the “expert in the library,” the Libraries Transform campaign has entered a new phase, energizing and inspiring libraries to talk about the expertise of their librarians. One library director who seized upon the potential of the campaign was Eric Suess, of the Marshall Public Library in Pocatello, Idaho. READ MORE
Pokémon GO is the big hit of the summer with people of all ages – including the elusive 20-something demographic. Here are just a few ideas of what libraries are doing to get Pokémon trainers in the door and evolve them into library masters. READ MORE

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