Public Libraries in Times of Need: Ferguson and Beyond

Mantra Roy
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Published: 27 August 2014
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Public Libraries in Times of Need: Ferguson and Beyond

The Ferguson Public Library in Missouri has become a refuge for its community which has been torn apart by the recent race-based conflict. While school has been out, the library has stepped up and offered classes led by school teachers, allowing children to feel secure in their world of learning and lessons. Adults have been able to find their bearings in the library at a time marked by protests between police and the community they're charged to protect.

More than 5,000 miles away, in Ukraine, public libraries continue to offer a refuge in a war-torn nation. Libraries still operating in... Read more

Re-Imagining Public Libraries

Mantra Roy
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Published: 25 August 2014
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Re-Imagining Public Libraries

The Atlantic Monthly video-essay 'Why Libraries Matter' follows people around New York's boroughs as they talk about why they visit public libraries. Whether their patrons are completing unfinished college degrees, filling out online applications to find jobs and career counseling, or finding resources to learn spoken English, public libraries continue to offer a safe haven to their communities. WebJunction's recent articles on public library services that go beyond checking out books and magazines, such as Makerspaces, language classes for immigrants and ESL speakers, and webinars such as health and wellness programs, reiterate the importance of public libraries. Most importantly, libraries... Read more

Public Libraries Promote Health

Mantra Roy
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Published: 19 August 2014
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Public Libraries Promote Health

The recently published 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Report reveals some key features about public libraries in USA and how they serve their communities. Funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the survey draws attention to 4 different aspects of digital inclusion. These areas of research include: 1) Public access technology infrastructure resources and capacity: This section seeks responses to questions such as how many public access workstations exist in a... Read more

Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

Mantra Roy
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Published: 18 August 2014
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Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

Just as political citizenship expects principles of integrity of its citizenry, digital citizenship refers to expected modes of conduct in the digital world. Digital citizenship is an umbrella concept that includes the following: a) Preparing technology users for a society full of frequent technological innovations; b) Guiding technology users to become responsible and safe users of technology; c) Educating digital literates about making sound decisions regarding use of technology; d) Teaching digital natives how to be safe in an online world with respect to privacy issues and how to behave appropriately online; e) Teaching digital immigrants how to navigate technologies... Read more

Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

Mantra Roy & Betha Gutsche
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Published: 12 August 2014
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Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

Ninety minutes is all it takes to cross oceans, continents, and cultures to find library synergy. That was the experience when staff from the OCLC Seattle office had the chance to sit down and talk about libraries with two Mongolian librarians from the Ulaanbaatar City Public Library along with their translator.

Mr. Soyombobaatar Sukhbaatar (Soyom), Director of Ulaanbaatar City Public Library, and Ms. Bayartsogt Boldbaatar (Bayar), the library's Program Coordinator of the American Cultural and Information Center, have been recognized by Mongolia's US Embassy as leaders in the field of library services. The Embassy invited them to visit the US... Read more

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