Thursday, February 24, 2005

Required Reading

Feel-good Librarian has uplifting posts about the impact library service has on patrons and staff alike. An excellent, regular reminder of "why we do this."

Source: Tame the Web

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

New ALA committee for rural libraries

ALA has accepted the recommendations of the Task Force on Rural School, Tribal and Public Libraries and has formed a new Standing Committee. The Standing Committee on Rural School, Tribal, Native, and Public Libraries will be responsible for "addressing the needs of rural libraries, advocating for them, and collaborating with them." Not that ALA has been completely ignoring rural libraries to this point. ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) has been maintaining a very helpful page of resources. I'm looking forward to seeing ALA expand their support for rural libraries. You can never have too much help! (Well, actually, yes you can, but we haven't reached that point yet.)

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Rural Library Resources Clearinghouse

I am practically drooling over all the useful content here for rural libraries. This is an initiative of the California State Library and is "an online archive of resources to support California's rural public library directors and staff in serving their public mission more efficiently." Even though it is primarily a resource for California libraries, the site does state that the clearinghouse is open to all libraries.

Among some of the goodies found here:

The clearinghouse is searchable, and you can save searches for future reference. You do have to register, but it is very simple (fill in 4 fields and you're done) and free, so don't be put off by that.

Amazing resource.

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Libraries, and everyone who works in or for them, should be focused on making ourselves and our services not cool, but indispensable.

[Pop goes the library]

Heh. I like that. The full post is even better.

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