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The Librarian and the Porn Star

Roz Warren | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

There was nothing unsavory, sad or sleezy-looking about Mr. Keller. He looked happy, fresh-faced and engaging. (And, anatomically, more than qualified for his chosen profession.) In my youth, I definitely would have partied with him.

What's Really Wrong With Google?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Computers can do amazing things, but Google's algorithms are about exciting as grandpa's decrepit old shovel caked with dried up -- manure.

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

Christine French Cully | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Christine French Cully

Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not.

Books? Or No Books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the Future

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

With increased focus on sharing of collections, consortial delivery programs, and collaboration amongst libraries in identifying and preserving print runs and last copies, the academic library is changing dramatically.

Observations of a Rockstar Children's Librarian

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

If you spend five minutes peeking into the world of children's books and librarians, you are bound to find yourself on Betsy Bird's blog. The youth materials specialist for New York Public Library is a powerhouse and defies any librarian stereotypes you might have.

Anti-Bullying Librarian Reaches Her Community Through Magic

Sue Scheff | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Think anti-bullying programs are boring? Think again! Think libraries are boring? Absolutely not! Well, to some kids they are, but when you have dedicated librarians that are determined to make a difference in the lives of children, it can be a magical experience... literally!

Cyberbullying Protection: Librarians As Cyber-Arms

Sue Scheff | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

While maintaining local libraries as a place for positive interactions, librarians can act as cyber-arms to help protect our kids against cyberbullying.

The Things Librarians Find in Books

Roz Warren | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Roz Warren

I don't want to remain untouched by a book. Why should the book want to remain untouched by me?

INFOGRAPHIC: Librarians Take On New Roles In Digital Age

Frankie Rendón | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Frankie Rendón

There is no doubt that technology has had a lasting impact on libraries. Once thought to be going the way of traditional bookstores, libraries have rebounded and are thriving in a technology fueled world.

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Peter Mandel

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.

WATCH: Beastie Boys + Librarians = EPIC!

William Goodman | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books

While a number of things may come to mind when reflecting upon director Spike Jonze's 1994 classic music video for the Beastie Boys' hit song "Sabotag...

The Next Librarians

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 07.24.2013 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

Thanks to our colleagues at Beloit College, we are reminded each year about the characteristics of our incoming college freshmen. This list is always ...

Thinking in the 'Stacks'

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.01.2013 | Books
Rev. James Ellis, III

Maybe it certifies me as an old fogey even at 33, but I actually enjoy the Dewey Decimal System, and the associated process of flipping through books with your hands to see if the title you seek is or is not in the right place. There is something therapeutic and educational about that.

It's OK to Be Loud in the Library

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

Modern life is complicated; libraries and cultural organizations, particularly in the public realm, are struggling with ways to reach diverse populations. We think libraries can do both.

Public Libraries -- Then and Now

Diana M. Raab | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

The little laminated library card was my first license into freedom, and a reminder that no matter what happens in my little world or the world-at-large, knowledge cannot ever be taken away.

Our Guides to Knowledge: Celebrating 'I Love My Librarian Award' Winners

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Today, librarians are the men and women who help us to find our way along the electronic highway, and there are no more intellectually rigorous, imaginative, and professional tour guides one could find, online or off.

I Voted for Libraries

Rachael Berkey | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

It's Election Day in the U.S. and it's pretty much the only thing on my mind. I even stepped out of the house without a book in my purse. I know. I don't understand this either.

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

Patricia Martin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Patricia Martin

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose.

What a Librarian Looks Like

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 11.19.2012 | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Public Library

What do you think of when you imagine what a librarian looks like? Let's hazard a guess -- older female wearing a frumpy dress, glasses, a stern look, and her white hair up in a bun?

Where Are All The Librarians Of Color?

Haipeng Li | Posted 11.14.2012 | Books
Haipeng Li

Libraries are necessary to support these dreams, since they are the public institutions that new Americans and diverse groups rely on the most to support continued education, and English language and technology skills needed to thrive and compete in today's competitive global market.

I Read a Comic About Cat Poop and Laughed

Rachael Berkey | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Gene Ambaum collaborates with writer Sophie Goldstein on two family-friendly, pet-friendly graphic books about messy pets. And yes, the book is about exactly what you think it's about: cat poop.

Bill Clinton Battles for Wisconsin Democracy, and Hillary Would Too

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The most corrupted special interests of the nation are pouring money into Wisconsin to support Scott Walker, but if the people who care about the country care enough to vote, the good people can still triumph over the dirty money in Wisconsin.

At Your Service -- 24/7

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

Librarians have been some of the first in the Academy to recognize the power of collaboration and sharing. First with online catalogs, and now with sharing expertise across the miles. At your service 24/7.

Gay Librarian Rejects 'Lifestyle Statement' At Christian University

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion

Michael Wilson, an openly gay librarian at Shorter University, signed the university's amended contract after crossing out the "lifestyle statement" r...

National Library Week: Why We NEED To Save Our School Libraries

Brad Meltzer | Posted 06.09.2012 | Books
Brad Meltzer

In our schools today, there are many Mrs. Spicers, teachers who work away from the spotlight, going about the business of inspiring their students to aspire to greatness. This is especially true of our school librarians.