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Getting Lost on the Way to Community Service

A popular library rallying cry in these defunded times calls for developing methods  "supporters" can use to advocate for "our" institutions. I see it in the way we want to draw attention to "values" we provide through readers' advisory promotions, collection maintenance directions, and programming targeting youth. We want to demonstrate how thoroughly we learned the marketing lessons we taught ourselves across the past decade.

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Public Collaboration, Public Library Investment

Yesterday's Edgy Librarian conference brought several refreshing ideas into focus for me: the ever-increasing requirement that libraries and library staff forego developing expertise for developing flexibility, the role of libraries in making the National Information Standards Organization's theoretical decisions both practical and forward-looking, and the teamwork approach taken to make expenditure of an LSTA grant to circulate

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Long Tail Questions about Nonresident Fees

This past week, prompted by continuing research efforts to find ways to respond to budget belt tightening, this series of questions directed to public libraries already charging nonresident fees appeared on CALIX:

1.       How much do you charge?

2.       Is it a one time or annual fee?

3.       When and why did you implement the fee?

4.       How many nonresident patrons did you have before the fee was implemented?  How many do you have now?

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Moving from Guardian to Guide

A recent Tweet from a librarian acquaintance came off sounding and feeling surprisingly old fashioned as it passed along my screen. Her 140-character message in effect asserted that "all librarians want to get folks into the library." Well, no, not so much. Times and technology have changed.

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