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  • Seasonal selections: Summer reading list and book display roundup

    Libraries in the northern hemisphere are diving into a vibrant season of summer reading, and we want to spotlight some of your creative book displays, reading lists, and other reading initiatives. Check out how other libraries are commemorating Audio...

  • Adopt-a-Shelf Program Lets Students Create Book Displays

    Libraries can offer safe, welcoming spaces for young people to access resources and programming, explore their interests, and connect with peers. And these benefits can be even more impactful when young people feel like they can actively contribute. ...

  • Connecting Libraries and People through the New WorldCat.org

    Libraries have always been trusted spaces in our communities, and the events of the past several years have brought more attention to the important work they’re doing. News stories highlighted the creative ways libraries mobilized to offer vital reso...

  • Book and Library-related Podcasts

    Screen fatigue – the exhaustion felt from so much time spent in front of computers and mobile devices – has many people turning to podcasts, allowing them to take a break from screen and to listen instead. In a post to the Library Think Tank group on...

  • Resources to Encourage Reading with The Library 100 List

    Last month, OCLC published a great list based on our own original research: The Library 100—Top Novels of All Time. It's a list of the novels that more libraries have on their shelves than any others.

    The research was based on holdings infor...

  • Crowdsourcing Alternatives to "There Are No Stupid Questions"

    Libraries are a place for finding answers, but first come the questions. Whether working at the reference desk or teaching a class, you've likely had more than a handful of patrons approach you to say, "I have a stupid question." My respons...

  • Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

    With a new strategic goal to focus on increasing patron access to and engagement with books and reading, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) in Northwestern Washington embarked on an ambitious effort to get all of their staff ready and eager to ...

  • Gamer's Advisory 101: Breaking the Monopoly

    The hobby board game market is booming. Everywhere news media outlets pronounce that board games are "making a comeback" or are "going through a golden age" or experiencing a "renaissance" or are "in full swing.&quo...

  • Readers Advisory: Fresh Approach, Same Core Service

    Experts from Seattle Public Library's (SPL) Reader Services Department recently shared their enthusiastic and innovative approach to Readers Advisory in the WebJunction webinar Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics. As libraries evolve and adapt to chan...