Real Stories

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

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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