Archive for April, 2017

The Public Library’s Part in Community Information Provision

Tim Gorichanaz and Deborah Turner.
ABSTRACT:
Community information is indispensable for modern life, but access to it remains challenging for many people. Historically, public libraries have been central in providing formal community information, but today such information provision is accomplished largely by informal networks of community service agencies. Thus, the role and the value of the public library in community information provision seem unclear. We find an analogy to this situation in design theorist Christopher Alexander’s conceptualization of planned versus natural cities, and we bring this to bear on an ongoing study of public library service provision to the urban poor. This work reveals implications and recommendations for the public library’s unfolding role in community information provision: public libraries may no longer be needed to provide formal community information, but they can engage as information shepherds with local community service agencies in informal community information provision.

The Library Quarterly 2017 87:2, 99-116

April 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm Leave a comment

Save Funding for Adult Education-Educate & Elevate

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Educate & Elevate
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT FOR PARTICIPATION?
​Any adult educator and adult education organizations may participate in the campaign. Your organization will be highlighted on the national website and you’ll receive marketing materials with educational webinars on how to execute successfully to get national recognition and build a business case of support for adult education. Collective storytelling and outcomes data make an impact to policy makers in helping them understand the value we bring to their priority agendas.

April 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate National Library Workers Day

Celebrate National Library Workers Day (#NLWD17)

National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is Tuesday, April 11, 2017. It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The ALA-APA helps libraries and individuals prepare to celebrate by featuring a range of creative suggestions on its website (see Celebration Ideas).

The National Library Workers Day webpage encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee. Each testimonial (listing first names, library type and city/state location only) will be posted on the NLWD’s Galaxy ofStars page.

April 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment


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