Tag: Libraries

Special Orders Don’t Upset Us

A large television screen is mounted behind the front desk of our Indio location displaying information about the services we offer, upcoming events, and a cartoon short featuring a superhero law librarian named Bob. Sitting at the desk one afternoon, I wonder about this idea of librarians as superheroes and it turns out there actually is a long tradition of librarians not only cataloging and filing the world’s information but actively working to preserve it and ensure its distribution to the...

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Why celebrate National Library Week?

Once a year libraries throughout the nation celebrate National Library Week and bring awareness to the contributions of all libraries and library workers. In 1954, a National Book Committee was formed by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers in response to a growing concern that Americans were less invested in reading than radios, television, and musical instruments. From this committee, with help from ALA and the Advertising Council, National Library Week was...

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Lives Change @ your Library

From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the great library in antiquity at Alexandria to the medieval Book of Kells that monks preserved; from the Revolutionary War pamphleteers to the e-books of our day, libraries have played a part in our lives and the lives of people. who raise money to build them, catalog their contents, and make them available for all to use. In 1957 the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council came up with the idea of a National Library Week. Even though...

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