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Questioning Paradigms

Yesterday Forbes published the first of a proposed two-part examination of the Big-6 book publisher/library contretemps around digital book files as collection offerings.

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2012 Trends Every Librarian Needs to Know

Thanks to the California State Library's Rush Brandis, many of us received this presentation in email form today. The story told by these new figures, and suggested applications for creating a responsive information future, include an array encompassing health, education and much more besides commerce and entertainment.

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"Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics"

Yesterday marked the opening of a new session of Infopeople's CORE Reference Fundamentals online course, which I've been teaching twice a year since Carole Leita retired in 2006. One of the six modules in which participants learn, practice and refine their basic reference skills focuses, of course, on resource evaluation.

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Just Do It

Keeping your community on the move and engaged can't happen if you stick to the planning stages of whatever strategic changes you know are necessary to keep development a reality. Yes, careful planning is important; but there comes a point when "careful" gives way to a kind of scrupulosity that means "stalling." You and/or the library staff may simply be stalled out by fear, rather than by a need for more helpful information or insights.

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Prepping the Public Library's Page for Thanksgiving's Closure

Thanksgiving may be one of the least controversial of closed days that most American public libraries take. It's the civic occasion that is more likely to find public support for workers who are required to forfeit their own holiday at the demand of employers; life support service providers--fire fighters, police, hospital staff--choose to take the holiday shift at increased compensation, or to forego the extra compensation and take the holiday.

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Is Your Library a 211 Hub?

Information and referral service has for decades brought to mind, for public librarians, an essential element of their responsibility to their local communities. As the 211 concept has spread through the nation, however, we have done less to put ourselves in the forefront of how our communities can remember that we are--or should be--well-positioned as leaders and enablers of other local agencies to carry out this support work.

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We're Home from the Conference: Now What?

We learned a lot, networked happily, made discoveries that tickle our imaginations. The conference has ended, insofar as the scheduled programs have run their course, the exhibits have shuttered, and we've probably done some amount of traveling to get home, or on to the next location on our personal calendars.

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