“In a previous blog post, we’ve noted the importance of “third places” in strengthening communities – meaning those places that are neither one’s home (first place) nor workspace (second place). A range of such third places, from churches to beauty salons, play an important role in community building. They are the informal spaces that are often mainstays in a neighborhood, places where both random and intentional in-person relationships are made.
Several things are necessary for a particular place to play this role. Location and accessibility are important, of course. But so are trust and a sense of neutrality; they are usually the keys to success, whether the place is a house of worship, a family-owned diner, or a barbershop.
As the earlier piece explained, public spaces and buildings can become important and successful third places. And one particularly interesting, emerging and important example is the public library.
Continue reading How public libraries help build healthy communities
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Advances in Library Administration and Organization
Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome
Publication due 2018
Series Editor: Samantha Hines, Peninsula College
Volume Editor: George J. Fowler, Old Dominion University
Librarianship may be said to be facing an identity crisis. It may also be said that librarianship has been facing an identity crisis since it was proposed as a profession. With the advent of technology that lowers barriers to the access of information, the mission of a library has become indistinct. This volume will explore the current purpose of librarianship and libraries, how we become “Masters of our Domains”, develop expertise in various elements of the profession, and how we extend outward into our communities.
Continue reading Share your ideas: Challenging the “Jacks of All Trades but Masters of None” Librarian Syndrome
The Mayor of Logan, UT is a supporter of libraries, and he’s not afraid to put his money where his mouth is – literally!
“Mayor Craig Petersen proposed Friday that he will work without pay for the remainder of the year and donate his salary to the Library Building Fund.
Last month, Petersen recommended to the City Council that a new library and community center be built at the site of the old Emporium building, 55 N. Main St.
New libraries aren’t cheap. The city is looking at a $12 million price tag, but most of that would be paid through existing resources without raising taxes. The remaining $2.8 million would be raised from private donations, including about $93,000 from the mayor’s salary and benefits.
“I want Logan to move forward with a library and a community center Logan can be proud of. And we just don’t have that right now,” Petersen said.”
In a time where too many politicians do not see enough value in libraries to fund them (#SaveIMLS!), it is great to see a Mayor who understands the value a good library will bring to his community!
At CMLE Headquarters, we nominate Mayor Petersen as our latest Library Hero, and we join his community in thanking him for his work on behalf of libraries!
The results are in, and we have all kinds of information on strategies you can use in your library to strengthen your connection with your community!
This is a free report, from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Not all of it will be relevant to everyone; but it would be worth taking a few minutes to flip through this file to see what kinds of ideas you might get to help you in your library. And, as an advocacy note: this is just the kind of thing you can be showing to your administration to demonstrate the value a library can bring to you!
The report can be found here.
More information is available here: Continue reading Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts
For many children, learning to read is challenging enough. Learning to read if they have an undetected vision problem makes the process even more difficult. In Oregon, they began the program “See to Read” in 2013 that aims to correct this issue, with the help of public libraries!
Check out this article in OLA Quarterly that describes how the program began through a partnership with eye care professionals, legislators, and public libraries. Then visit the “See To Read” site to learn more about this great program!
What is “See to Read”?
- A series of free vision screenings for children at public libraries
- A campaign based on the belief that no child should begin learning to read with an undetected vision problem.
- A community service project that helps children be ready to read and that links families, schools, local service clubs, and legislators to public libraries.
- A way to assist implementation of the law that all children entering public kindergarten in Oregon must have a vision screening.
- A pure good.