Category Archives: Issues & Trends

ARCHIVES ALIVE Shines Light on Special Collections Programs

“Some institutions are reimagining traditional programs in the form of interactive exhibits and experiential tours, while others are experimenting with digital tools to enhance collections access, build new community connections and encourage citizen participation. Individually and collectively, the new programs and projects are repositioning special collections as core assets of our public libraries in the 21st century.”

Diantha Dow Schull, Author, Archives Alive

Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections is the first book to examine public library archives and special collections through the lens of public engagement.   Published by ALA Editions, the book will be available June 2015.  RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY

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Urban Systems Prepare Librarians for Age Wave


The Metropolitan Library Services Association (MELSA), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and two major systems in the New York metropolitan area – the Queens Library and New York Public Library – are taking steps to ensure that their public services librarians are prepared to meet the current Age Wave.  Recognizing the lack of professional training opportunities in the field of 50+ services these systems are each designing their own approaches for improving the capacities of public services staff responsible for working with older adults.

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Family Place Libraries: A Timely National Initiative

In September 2012 the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a National Leadership Grant of $450,000 to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL), located in Suffolk County, Long Island (NY) for Family Place Libraries: A Model for Institutional ChangeThe grant enables MCPL to create a network of 28 libraries across eight states that will implement, evaluate and communicate the value of Family Place Libraries, an early childhood and family service model that  focuses on parents/caregivers as first teachers, is organized around the developmental needs of the whole child, and links library services with other regional and local family support agencies.

By supporting expansion, evaluation, and national communications of the Family Place Libraries service model, IMLS is helping to spotlight libraries that are in the forefront of new research-based practices. The grant to MCPL has added significance given the confluence of factors that are stimulating a national consensus that early childhood learning services are essential for national achievement, equity and economic productivity.  Continue reading Family Place Libraries: A Timely National Initiative