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By Allan Turner
Houston Chronicle – 31 August 2009

There’ll be no carhops on roller skates. And if you’re hankering for a burger and fries, forget it. But if it’s food for the mind you crave — books, music or movies — staffers at some of the Houston Public Library’s most congested branches will be happy to deliver your order right to your car.

The library’s new curbside service, HPL To Go, is being tested at the Looscan Neighborhood Library and the McGovern-Stella Link Library. If trials go well, the service will be extended to other “parking challenged” branches.

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by Steve Hansen
BiblioFuture – 9 September 2009

A small district in Adams County, Colo., is changing the face of public libraries. Introducing AnythinkTM, a new style of library that celebrates imagination, play and interactivity. Studies have shown that people who have had transformative experiences at their local library are more willing to support them at the polls. The Anythink model was designed to help libraries remain relevant by offering more than just books to their customers. They offer innovative programming, technology, and the highest level of customer service so that everyone who walks into an Anythink feels welcome.

Eliminating overdue fines and switching from Dewey Decimal Classification to a word-based system were just some of the changes on the road to Anythink. The next step in this revolution is the Sept. 12 launch of the district`s new brand, which represents the new library philosophy.

By Melissa L. Rethlefsen
netConnect – 15 July 2009

Faced with budget challenges that make the current system unsustainable, the Milwaukee Public Library has begun a series of community meetings asking for input on “Rethinking Libraries for the 21st Century.”

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By Monnie Nilsson
The Denver Post

In a world that increasingly skips paper in favor of pixels, libraries are reinventing themselves.

They are transforming into community centers and job banks. They are lending electronically and marketing in ways that dare their commercial bookselling counterparts to stay competitive. They’re even offering to let folks come in and play video games.

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from Library Journal online 2009

Movers & Shakers, which LJ launched in 2002 to identify librarians, vendors, and others who are “shaping the future of libraries,” is now over 400 innovators strong, with the addition of the 51 members of the Class of 2009. Together, these individuals comprise the coming generation of library leadership. They’ve embraced library technology, particularly library 2.0, “to provide exceptional service and kick-ass collections that respond to the real interest of patrons,” as one of this year’s Movers so aptly phrased it.

Overachievers all, they represent a Who’s Who of creativity and library trends in the field.

View the list of Movers and Shakers online

by John Woolfolk
Santa Cruz Sentinel – 25 January 2009

Everyone agrees reading is good for kids. But a federal law taking effect in February appears to deem children’s books a potential health hazard and may force libraries to clear out entire children’s collections until they’re proven free of toxic lead and plastic.

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by John Wisely
Free Press – 26 January 2009

While the economy continues to struggle, librarians say business is booming as people flock to libraries in record numbers to use computers to look for work, apply for unemployment, learn new skills and entertain their kids on the cheap.

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