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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.

WATCH: Tech Takes Reading For A Ride

Shawn Amos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Can it be true? Those shiny, blinking devices that seem to be multiplying around us are actually encouraging us to read more? Apparently so! But tabl...

Of Makers and Takers

Martin Kleinman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Martin Kleinman

I come from a long line of Takers, in the strict sense of the (idiotic) term. My grandparents, on both sides, came to this country from eastern Europe, in steerage. They lived in the Bronx -- my much maligned New York City borough -- and worked hard all their lives.

Why We Should Let Go of Nostalgia and Embrace the Evolution of Libraries

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Dr Layla McCay

Adding value doesn't have to mean diminishing the previous value. I think it is heartening that libraries are finding ways to survive -- and flourish. It is worthy that they provide digital access to those who need and want it.

Renewing America's Friendship With Books

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Preetam Kaushik

We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries lose charm, when we still have our reading habits intact?

Bhutan a Happier Place With Books

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Richard Bangs

When Claire Thomsen was 11, her parents pulled the rug out from her comfortable Malibu existence. They sold the family business, rented out the house, and spent the year roving the world, 27 countries in all, with Claire in tow...

Why I Banned a Book -- Part II

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.

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.

Librarian Saves $1 Million To Donate Back To Library

Posted 09.12.2013 | Books

Carol Sue Snowden, a librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, was known by her peers for her modest lifestyle. She drove a used Chevrolet, live...

The New Reality Is Disrupted

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.11.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

Why do we so often ignore the very advice that can save us? The answer may very well be found in Disrupted by Stefan Pollack which is easily one of the most important books of the year.