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3 Ways Libraries Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet

Sustainability – and the need to reduce humankind’s impact on the earth – is on people’s minds more than ever. Whether it’s changing eating habits or how we travel, people are being more mindful of how their actions contribute to the planet’s health. And the local library is well positioned to not only support, but … Continued

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Customer Interview

At the collectionHQ Coffee Break in November, we caught up with Will Bailey, Technical Services Manager at the Hartford Public Library (CT). Will shared how his library has adapted to serve customers during the pandemic, and his thoughts on the future of library collections.         Hi Will, thank you for joining us … Continued

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Public Libraries Embracing Technology and Shaping the Future

“Hey Siri, what’s the future of the public library?” Siri: “I don’t have that information in future of the public.” “Huh?” Computer assistants, such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, and other Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs are becoming commonplace. If you need directions, want to buy groceries, or are looking for suggestions for a new … Continued

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Curating an Inclusive and Diverse Collection

ALA outlines that a diverse collection should include: Content in multiple formats and created by a variety of producers, including self-published and independent authors, and people in marginalized or underrepresented groups. Libraries must remain vigilant about maintaining and updating the collection to ensure resources are catalogued, labeled and displayed in the best way. Library collections … Continued

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How to Measure Success for a Better Future

What is success in a public library? It’s a complicated question that can have many answers.For example, success may be: ● A patron discovering a new author or title on the shelves ● A library system experiencing high turnover ● A library director being able to offer new community engagement programs ● Enhanced literacy in … Continued