Real Stories

DePaul University (Chicago) Librarian Scott Walter remembers what he was thinking when he heard ALA President Julie Todaro announce her “expert in the library” focus for the Libraries Transform campaign, “It struck me as a perfect platform for deepening academic library engagement.” Around the same time, Walter’s colleague, Ashley McMullin, assessment and marketing librarian at DePaul, and her team were working on a plan to share more information about librarians with the campus through a new initiative called “library spotlights,” which shows how individual librarians are transforming the university. After learning about the Libraries Transform’s “expert in the library” theme, Walter asked McMullin to combine these ideas together in a campaign to highlight the expertise of academic librarians and all they bring to the DePaul community. READ MORE
That’s what staff from the Huntley Area Public Library in Illinois discovered. As they were enjoying their midday meal, they began talking about the potential of using the Libraries Transform campaign.“At that point, we were not using the Libraries Transform campaign,” said Doug Cataldo, marketing and media developer, Huntley Area Public Library. Cataldo continued, “But during lunch we brought up the possibility of incorporating the Libraries Transform theme for National Library Week and tossed around ideas that could show not only how libraries transform people but also how people transform libraries.” READ MORE
Touger Vang had no previous experience with libraries before coming to the United States as a refugee from Laos in 1982 at the age of 10. Today he is a public services coordinator for the Yolo County Library in West Sacramento, California, where he manages early literacy programs and adult services program and outreach activities. In his role, he also looks for opportunities to collaborate with local schools and nonprofit organizations on partnership activities. He credits his high school librarian, Eileen L. Brewer, for being a role model. He says, “Ms. Brewer’s influence during my early years inspired and instilled in me what a librarian should be. She showed me that a librarian is someone who is kind, humble and puts the mission of helping others at the forefront. We still keep in touch.” READ MORE

Stories from Library Lovers

When I first set out to home school my then 13 year old son several years ago, I was completely at a loss for where to begin. I am not a trained teacher. As a single mother with a degree in nutrition, curriculum design had always been far from my mind, but I did know his interests and how he learns. Apprehensive but hopeful, I turned to our local library. They did not disappoint. I was able to easily search topics throughout the entire Clevnet system in a variety of modalities including books, videos, cds, and audiobooks. READ MORE

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Ted Talks


Libraries Present and Future – Chrystie Hill | TEDxRainier
Chrystie Hill works with libraries around the world and shares her knowledge to help make libraries great places.

Librarians of the Future – Lis Pardi | TEDxSomerville
As the sale of eBook readers rise many people assume the library is dying—that it has no place in our device obsessed future world. But librarians are re-inventing what a library is and sometimes removing it from the big building full of books.

 

The Library of the Future – Melanie Florencio | TEDxCreativeCoast
The introduction of a "Maker Space" at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created.

 

Articles


Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens.
It's important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members' interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I'm going to tell you that libraries are important.

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Not Your Mother's Library

How Columbus, Ohio, is building community spaces for the 21st century.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library recently asked its Facebook followers to give them ten words: five to describe the library of their youth and five to describe the library of the future, 20 years from now.

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The Library Card

A summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane
s we traveled around the U.S. reporting on the revival of towns and cities, we always made the local library an early stop. We’d hit the newspaper offices, the chamber of commerce, city hall, and Main Street for an introduction to the economics, politics, and stresses of a town. The visit to the public library revealed its heart and soul.

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