Library card design for Ypsilanti District Library

Why Give a Public Library a Tagline?


06.22.17
Support advocacy efforts. It’s no secret that over the past twenty-five years, public libraries, alongside schools and other services, have felt the pinch of straitened municipal …

Only in Des Moines During a National Election


03.04.16
It’s political season and Greg Heid, Library Director, Des Moines (IA) Public Library recounts his primary experience.
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To Kiosk or Not to Kiosk: That is Only Part of the Question


08.12.14
As electronic services crowd out print, the costs of facilities—construction, renovation, and upkeep—are under unprecedented scrutiny. Several library systems I have worked with as a …

Who’s Comparing? Benchmarking Library Performance


07.14.14
Sample benchmarking chart Benchmarking is a comparison of performance measures between similar entities and/or against recognized standards. Library benchmarks are typically comparisons of numerical (quantitative) statistics …

Working With Consultants – the Library Director’s View


06.02.14
Hiring and working with consultants for your library is all about finding the “best fit”. Directors are in the best position to know their staff’s …

Aspirin for Holiday Closures


05.19.14
Holiday library closures can be a major headache.

Children as Library Donors


04.14.14
Do you encourage children to donate to the library? Is it productive, ethical and strategic to do so?

What Should You Require From Your Library’s Website?


03.31.14
Start with responsive web design, quality content, intuitive navigation, and a user-friendly content management system.

It’s Never Too Late for Elected Officials to Make Amends for Bad Decisions!


03.17.14
We hear lots of stories from libraries across the nation about serious cuts to their budgets. Many—it can’t be said any other way—devastate libraries. However, last …

Libraries “at the core” of Common Core State Standards


03.13.14
As Common Core State Standards are adopted, students will rely even more on library resources.

Are Focus Groups a Necessary Research Method?


01.22.14
We often receive inquiries about focus groups. In common use for many years in corporate America, their popularity has migrated into the non-profit sector. However, …
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All Aboard the Polar Express


03.11.13
It may be March, but it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays! Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, Pa. has partnered with …

Love Your Library Month


02.13.13
February is Love Your Library Month! How can you show your love for your local public library? You could… Write a library love letter to the editor of …
J. Lewis Crozer Library

Success Story: Achieving Library Funding


12.17.12
LaTanya Burno, Director of J. Lewis Crozer Library tells her story.

Send Your Sick Board to the Intensive Care Unit


11.02.12
Library directors will tell you their Board of Trustees or Board of Directors can be a great source of satisfaction and support or a hotbed …