Podcast Episode: Pass a Millage Increase

Lisa Hoenig, Director of the Ypsilanti District Library, provides useful direction and insights for libraries working to raise operational funds especially in communities that were hard hit by the downturn in the economy.
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3D Printing (for Free) at Your Library

Several years ago, the idea of printing objects seemed extraordinary. Now, it’s more mainstream and available to the public, particularly through libraries. Curious to experience 3D printing firsthand, Ivy Group programmer Landon Dorrier popped over to a local Charlottesville library to get hands-on experience.
Library card design for Ypsilanti District Library

Why Give a Public Library a Tagline?

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

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

As electronic services crowd out print, the costs of facilities--construction, renovation, and upkeep--are under unprecedented scrutiny. Several library systems we have worked with as consultants have considered …

Who’s Comparing? Benchmarking Library Performance

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

Working With Library Consultants

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

Holiday library closures can be a major headache.

Vendors are Human Too

A Request for Proposal is the vendor-customer how-do-ye-do, the first bar they hum together before beginning the dance.

Children as Library Donors

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?

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

Libraries “at the core” of Common Core State Standards

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

Are Focus Groups a Necessary Research Method?

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, …
Polar Express Library Event

All Aboard the Polar Express

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

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 …