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The Institute of Museum and Library Services today released the latest data from its 2016 Public Libraries Survey. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2016 data and supplementary tables. Read the full press release here…(Read More)

By Creative Commons (Creative Commons) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Cen Cheng, Head of InterLibrary Services, Michigan State University Libraries and  Naomi Chow, ILL Librarian, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Internet Archive is leveraging a portion of the copyright exceptions under the 17 U.S. Code § 108 – Limitations on exclusive rights: Reproduction by libraries and archives, section (h). The exception is being called…(Read More)

National Library Week

National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell their stories. This year, in keeping with the Libraries Lead theme, ask your patrons to tell us how the library led them to something of value in their lives. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card and a…(Read More)

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

On February 11, while the world is focused on medals of the gold, silver and bronze kind, many of us will be in Denver focusing on medals of another kind—the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in  Fiction and Nonfiction. The XXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the Carnegie Medals share more…(Read More)

Wall Street Bull

Originally published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) Vol 57, No 2 (2017).  Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of BRASS selects the outstanding business reference sources published since May of the previous year. This year, the committee reviewed nine entries; of these, two were designated as “Outstanding,” six as “Notable,” and one…(Read More)

money plants

Upon releasing his new book, 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits (ALA Editions, 2016), I had the chance to follow up with author and BRASS member, Ed Rossman about how he entered librarianship and why it’s important to be proactive in finding new revenue streams. For more information about the book, readers…(Read More)

American Flag exhibit

Last week The White House released the proposed budget that calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and RUSA need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries…(Read More)

RUSA Annual Achievement Awards
[DEADLINE EXTENDED!] On September 1, 2016, RUSA will open the nomination period for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 19, 2016**. RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose outstanding contributions merit…(Read More)

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