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Where the Library Meets the Bookstore

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Posted by jim under Trends, Innovation,Trends, Innovation

This week, The New York Times opened its most recent in a long line of articles on the changing face of the American public library with an amusing anecdote from Arlington Heights, Ill. – one which librarians in Minnesota can no doubt relate to.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library, like most library systems of its size, utilizes a computer tracking system to gauge the popularity of new titles and to order a number of copies commensurate to demand. After the release of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey, staff found themselves with not ten or even 20 – but 36 copies - of the bestseller circulating in their system. 

Having such a stockpile of one title reminded library staff strongly of that other bibliophile’s haven: the brick-and-mortar bookstore, where it is not at all uncommon to see a stand or kiosk devoted solely to a blockbuster author or one award-winning title. 

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Local Music and Your Local Library: Success Stories

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Posted by jim under Trends, Innovation,Trends, Innovation

Unless you have the rare fortune of living within a stone’s throw of a “living history” site like Colonial Williamsburg, amateur and professional historians alike will tell you that one of your best bets for learning about local history is your local library. Indeed, many public librarians and library Friends view the preservation and dissemination of local history to be one of their facility’s key objectives. But, why stop there?

In an exciting variation on the same theme, a number of library systems in America, including right here in Minnesota, are making innovative strides to both share local music talent (and preserve it for posterity).  

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Changes to MALF Membership Calendar Take Effect Dec. 31 – Act Now!

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Beginning in January, in order to more effectively serve Friends of Libraries, MALF is changing to a membership year equal to the calendar year. (Previously, themembership year for each member began on the date payment was made.) 

As we transition, every individual or group signing up or renewing from now until New Year’s will be given membership for the rest of December, as well as for all of 2013. At the close of the month, all members who are not already renewed will be asked to renew for calendar year 2013. 

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Watch Free Webinar on Advocating Effectively for Libraries in Today’s Political Climate

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Posted by jim under Advocacy, Webinars,Advocacy, Webinars

This October, as part of its annual conference in downtown St. Paul, the Minnesota Library Association brought in congressional strategist and veteran lobbyist Stephanie Vance as keynote speaker. Vance is hailed in Washington and beyond as the “Advocacy Guru” and the “Advocate’s Advocate.” Drawing from her extensive experience on Capitol Hill, Vance laid out how libraries of all types and sizes can reach their fullest potential by mobilizing grassroots support and lobbying effectively on the local and state government levels. 

Many of Vance’s central talking points are available to everyone in condensed form on her website, advocacyguru.com, and in “long form” in her two most recent books: "The Influence Game" and "Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress."

On Monday, Nov. 19 – in the wake of the election cycle – the ALA Washington Office hosted Vance for “Connecting with the New Congress,” a special webinar dealing specifically with the 2012-2013 political scene and what library advocates can expect during the current lame duck period and once the 113th U.S. Congress meets for the first time in January 2013.

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