Advocating for school library services is a year-round necessity that becomes particularly pressing as spring approaches. That’s the season when school-district officials make their budget projections for the upcoming academic year, recently resulting in many school library workers receiving a provisional pink slip, issued just in case administrators need to follow through.
On March 4, the Ukrainian Library Association released this statement on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) website regarding the unrest in the region. The statement, excerpted here, was signed by Ukrainian Library Association Vice President Valentyna Pashkova.
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Librarians have long known our extraordinary contribution to early literacy. And research from 2010 tells us that one of the most powerful ways to lift children out of poverty through education is strikingly simple: Get 500 books in the home of a child between the ages of 0–5.
The Niles (Ill.) Public Library (NPL) completed a $5.5 million renovation project on January 31, 2014, and along with this overhaul came a 15 foot tall sculpture made of red cedar thanks to sculptor Terry Karpowicz (pictured, left), whose work has been displayed around the world in the United States, Mexico, and Russia. But the sculpture had yet to be named, so NPL held a competition in which library patrons could suggest names for the new addition to the library’s central stairway atrium.
Academic libraries have a big hairy problem: Over the past decade or so, their budgets have shifted from buying materials to leasing them. Journals are the main budget killers, with some subscriptions—so vital to the scholarly life—costing $30,000 annually per title. Even the wealthiest university libraries can’t buy everything. In truth, they buy less and less.
National Public Radio correspondent Michele Norris visited the Nashville Public Library to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the library’s Civil Rights room and collection. A crowd of approximately 200 people gathered as Norris led a discussion on race, class, and civil rights in post-Obama America.