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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 Alison Circle
Bubble Room (blog) – 4 August 2009

I keep top of mind everyday this comment from my own husband: who uses the library anymore? I  remember it because it is so easy to be lulled into a presumption that everyone understands the value and relevance of a library. Look at all the people who come in our doors everyday. But here is someone pretty close to the library action, who doesn’t see the value.

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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 Jenny Levine
Library Technology Reports 
– July 2009

2008 may be remembered as the year in which gaming became just like any other service in libraries, with librarians implementing gaming initiatives that look very much like those we already offer for books, movies, music, and computers for as varied an audience as other library services are offered. In this third issue of z devoted to the topic of gaming in libraries, “Gaming in Libraries: Learning Lessons from the Intersections,” we will examine some of the most common themes being noted and shared by librarians and illustrate them with five case studies.

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This link goes to Chapter One – click Next to read further chapters and Appendices.

by William H. Wisner
Christian Science Monitor  – 17 July 2009

Focusing so much on their technology actually dumbs them down.

Libraries were once a sacred secular space of silence and reverence – a place where one automatically lowered one’s voice. As a direct heir to the Enlightenment, the establishment of libraries was a testament to the self-evident integrity of mankind, the belief that we all desire to find the truth through knowledge.

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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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by Karen Anderson
The Baltimore Sun – 14 June 2009

As Baltimore’s unemployment rate rose, many people headed to the library.

Since the onset of the recession, attendance at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s career center classes has jumped 92 percent.

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by Chao-chen Chen and I-Hsiu Wu
E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship – Spring 2009

To help enhance the delivery of materials to end users, Taiwanese libraries launched four major programs to disseminate information and promote the widespread public usage of library materials.  These programs, BookStart, Book Express Service, Cross Campus Delivery, and Delivery for the Visually Impaired, have proven to be quite successful in reaching their diverse population targets by addressing the specific needs for information services of those populations.  This paper will focus on the various operational aspects of those outreach projects, their accomplishment, and future prospects.

The BookStart program brings books to parents and their children so that they may benefit from materials pertaining to parenting and children’s reading needs.  The Book Express Service sends books directly to homes, a great convenience for housebound people or those who are too busy to visit a library in person.  Cross Campus Delivery, in effect, means cash savings to students requesting and obtaining books other than those readily available to them in their local library.  Delivery for the Visually Impaired includes Braille and audio materials made accessible to the visually impaired throughout the entire national library networking system.

These four programs portray an overall picture of our library delivery services in Taiwan.  As a whole, they are representative of the pro-active role libraries in Taiwan are taking in meeting the public’s needs for information.  The performance of these four programs has been remarkable in “outreaching” those with special needs.  What is shared below is our experience in implementing these programs and the obstacles we still need to overcome.

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by Josella Chan
inCite – Jan/Feb 2009

The article discusses the association between information literacy (IL) and public libraries. It is noted that IL is an essential skill for lifelong learning. According to the author, public libraries can play a significant role in the promotion of IL and lifelong learning. However, she argued that having no IL framework and guidelines, public libraries will have a hard time to develop IL education program for the communities they serve. Information on he community IL (CIL) is also offered.

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