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A Conversation about PLA 2012

Facebook Forum – PLA 2012 Conversation Some of the best parts of PLA 2012 Conference are all the things you bring home like galley books, relevant learnings, new contacts, and memories. We want to hear what’s on your mind after returning from Philadelphia. Any questions you still need answered? What was your favorite program? How [...]

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Pre Conference: Winning Grants

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Friday Sessions: Teens, Jail Libraries and Budgetary Woes

On Friday morning I stopped briefly in at the “Successful Partnerships to Serve Immigrant Communities” session to hear about how libraries can partner with non-profits to meet the needs of immigrant communities, then headed over to “Beyond Booktalking: Innovative Readers’ Advisory Approaches for Teens” to support my panel of colleagues from The Seattle Public Library. [...]

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Home again

While PLA 2012 was definitely a great experience, it also feels great to be home. And it’s time for me to return to my blogging home, too. I reported here on all the sessions I attended this week, so my final post, which is mostly a wrap-up of the “fun” stuff like the All Conference [...]

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Library-To-Go: Putting Your Library Virtually Anywhere

In multi-county libraries across the country, there is a concern for the patrons who are far from the main or branch libraries. Looking for lower cost alternatives than building more branches, two Missouri libraries have established what they call the Library-To-Go (LTG). Melissa Carr of the Daniel Boone Regional Library and Steven Potter of the [...]

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Thursday Sessions: Romance, Reference, Funding and Federal Digitization

While the PLA Conference program helpfully lists sessions by “Program Tracks” (Administration/Management, Facilities, Serving Youth, Technology, etc.), I ignored this and approached my first day of the Conference with the unsurprising strategy of dabbling in a  variety of, well, everything. My first session of the day at the ripe hour of 8:15 a.m. (5:15 a.m. [...]

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Denmark, Joyce Carol Oates, and one great macaroon

This morning I attended Transforming Public Libraries from Institutions of the Industrial Age to Change Agents for the Networked Society presented by Rolf Hapel, director of citizens’ services and libraries, Aarthus, Denmark. It was an inspiring look at the new models for development and innovative practices implemented in and for the Danish libraries. The natural [...]

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iPad Uses for Libraries

Thursday morning we went to a heavily attended session “iPads in the library: from Tech Programming to Staff Productivity” presented by Joel Nichols. The challenge was to integrate mobile devices (smartphones, ereaders, tablets) into the libraries work. Research shows that mobile phones have become the most popular way to access the internet. (At our own library [...]

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Pre Conference: How to Get Your Point Across to the Media

As a library director I deal with the media all the time.  Usually it is to promote a library program or comment on the library’s budget during Town Meeting season. Infrequently, but inconveniently, it sometimes is in response to crisis. I’ve  had my share of commenting on the 8-car pileups in the parking lot, the [...]

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A room (and a person) with a view

  Yes, this is the view from my room at the Downtown Marriott. Very nice, yes? And what follows is my view of the 4 great sessions (and a luncheon) that I attended today at PLA 2012. A brief word about lunch with David Baldacci–He was great. The highlight for me was a wildly entertaining [...]

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