Success Story: Achieving Library Funding

LaTanya Burno, Director of J. Lewis Crozer Library tells her story.

Send Your Sick Board to the Intensive Care Unit

Library directors will tell you their Board of Trustees or Board of Directors can be a great source of satisfaction and support or a hotbed …

Training Your Library’s Board of Trustees

Now more than ever, there is a critical need for well informed and competent people to serve on boards.

Burning Books for a Cause

Today marks the one year anniversary of the famous vote to save Troy Public Libraryin Troy, Mich. The city almost lost its library last year, until …

How to Write a Better Request for Proposal: RFPs from the Consultant’s Side of the Desk

The premise appears simple: libraries want to hire a consultant with the expertise their organization needs, and consultants seek interesting projects with clients that are …

Mommy Porn and Library Policy

Over the past month, libraries in Georgia, Wisconsin and Florida have banned E L James'Fifty Shades of Grey romance trilogy. Some libraries are taking the …

Public Library Power Patrons: Your Best Customers

Barbara Genco, Collection Management Editor for Library Journal and Ivy Library Consultant, spoke last week in New York at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for …

Libraries Help Keep Brains Healthy

Ever think of your library as a brain health center? For the baby boomer generation, it is. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the …

The Library as Art Space

A small wall area or empty space can be turned into a large-impact community resource that guarantees more visitors and revenues to your library. A …

Salute the Super Pages: Treasuring Teen Team Members

Teen and young adult library pages can help provide an extraordinary customer service experience for visitors. Mobile and visible, their energy and enthusiasm can be cultivated …

Libraries Essential for Disaster Response

Since our run-in with Hurricane Irene in August, the New Jersey State Library is pursuing FEMA certification for our branch libraries to serve as community …

All Hail the Library Card

We've said it over and over again: public libraries may be under pressure to keep up with technology, but the digital age has only brought …

Spare Change and Big Bellies

Here's an easy way to get donations at your library. The "big belly banks", available from a variety of sources online, are a fun way …

Why Market Libraries?

Why market? Librarians used to ask us this question all the time. No has become a common parlance, and librarians are now asking "how"? …