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FCC Action to Expand Broadband in Schools and Libraries Can Improve Educational Outcomes for All Students

Bob Wise | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Bob Wise

Education in the United States took a large step into the digital age February 5 when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler ann...

The Central Library Plan Deserves an Educated Public Debate

Seth Baum | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Seth Baum

The controversy surrounding the New York Public Library's Central Library Plan has recently gained steam. What is most important is that the plan receives the educated public debate it deserves -- debate that has scarcely yet occurred.

In 10 Years, Will Kids Even Know What Bookstores Are?

Steven Zacharius | Posted 05.03.2014 | Books
Steven Zacharius

Ten years from now will our children or grandchildren even know what a bookstore was? I live on Long Island, and we no longer have a major chain bookstore within ten miles of our home. I'm talking about Long Island, a highly populated are, not somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

An Urban Librarian's Manifesto to SXSW Interactive

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books
Christian Zabriskie

Find a librarian at SXSW Interactive -- there are going to be a lot us there. Your perceptions and expectations of the profession will be challenged. There is a good chance that the librarian you meet will be much cooler than you expect.

Hundreds Of Anne Frank Books Mysteriously Vandalized

AP | Posted 02.21.2014 | Books

TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libr...

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.

From Career-Changer to 'Reform'-Fighter

John Owens | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
John Owens

What does it take to transform a middle-aged publishing executive from the suburbs into a fire-breathing fighter for public schools and an outspoken o...

10 Tips for Raising a Global Child

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

In today's interconnected global world, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to prepare them to thrive in the new world marketplace. But what does that entail?

I Don't Want Your E-Books, Thanks Very Much

Sarah Convissar | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
Sarah Convissar

There is something about holding a book and being able to turn the pages that I find comforting. In today's 21st century, books may become obsolete. For me that's something I find scary.

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.

Why I Love Libraries

Gina Barreca | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

It's the weight of the book that calms me, the feel of the paper under my fingertips as I turn the page that grabs me. This pleasure is sharpened by understanding that what I love at this moment has only been loaned to me. I can possess it fully, but temporarily.

This Surprising Public Library Was Just Named The Nation's Best

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

A new study from a German university has ranked the world's top urban public library systems, rendering some surprising results. Coming out on top ...

LA's Downtown Central Library And 8 Other Branches Will Reopen On Sundays

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 03.15.2014 | Los Angeles

Four years after the national recession and a lack of city funds closed them, the downtown Central Library and eight branches of Los Angeles' city lib...

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.

Be Pono: Keep Sacred Acts of Christmas and Holidays Throughout the Year

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 02.22.2014 | Hawaii
Catherine Bauknight

As spoken by the native people of Hawai'i, to be "pono" is to be in balance, to do what is right from your mana'o, the gut or deep awareness of true self. This concept has been practiced by Hawai'ians throughout their ancient culture.

Spread the Magic of Reading: 4 Ways to Help Build Libraries

Kate Schmier | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Kate Schmier

Compared to clean water, health care, and emergency relief, the need for libraries may seem less urgent. Books, after all, inform us, excite us, and delight us, but are they as essential as water?

10 Librarians Receive $5,000 Awards

AP | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Some were praised as inspirations for young people, others for their work on digital projects and still others as tireless researche...

Still Relevant: 3 School Library Systems Doing it Right

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Despite many K-12 libraries finding themselves on the chopping block in the budget cuts of recent years, I believe this aspect of student learning is ...

The Meaning of Libraries

Michael Benson | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Michael Benson

I believe we should require that each student enter the library and leave with something in return. Perhaps a book or periodical or journal is checked out -- other times students come and go with only their notebooks and backpacks.

Claire Fallon

8 Unexpected Places To Find Your Next Favorite Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

We live in an age of soaring e-book sales. More and more readers are dumping their heavy hardcovers for a Kindle stocked with digital downloads. There...

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.

War and Peas

Roz Warren | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Roz Warren

Some people feel obligated to finish reading every book they start. Once they pick up a book, even if it's hundreds of pages long and makes them want to scream with boredom, they will reach that last page if it kills them. I am not one of those people.

Give a Book at Thanksgiving

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Christian Zabriskie

It is a reward for a child's work, a distraction to keep them out from under foot, a spot to find quiet amidst holiday chaos, and an alternative to TV as a way to sleep off the feast. It works to this day. I invite you to join in my family's tradition. Give your loved ones a book at Thanksgiving.

Libraries Change Lives

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

Want to hang out with a bunch of really smart people? Spend a day at a convention of school librarians. That's what I did on Friday, November 15 in Hartford, Connecticut at the biannual convention of the American Association of School Librarians.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here -- What Will Be Your First Step?

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

As a poet and a bookseller, Beau recognized that Al-Mutanabbi Street would have been his home, and sought to raise awareness and to promote the role of the artist in social activism and the commonality between Al-Mutanabbi Street and any street that holds a bookstore, library, university, or arts organization.