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Library Basics

Here you will find basic questions answered about libraries and the patrons they serve.

Accessible Picture Books in the Library star
With all the time and energy spent selecting picture books, is your library making them as accessible as they could be?

Conducting a Successful Library Survey star
Knowing the community you are serving is the key to running a successful library. But, librarians should be wary of becoming too complacent or relying on gut instinct in lieu of data. But, how can you ensure that you will reach the community effectively and find useful information? Here are five

Finding Materials in the Public Library star
In most public libraries, the materials are organized by type: adult, teen, and children’s. Sounds simple enough until an attempt is made to navigate the stacks looking for something. Then the trouble starts. Here are a few tips to help you find materials in your local public library.

Getting to Yes star
In any business, customer service is the key to retaining customers. In a library, it is even more so.

Large Print Considerations for Libraries star
Look at your large print collection with fresh eyes. Is it as useful as you think it is? This article might change your mind.

Libraries and the Personal Touch star
Paraphrasing Woody Allen, libraries are like sharks; they must continually move forward or die.

Second Chance for Hidden Gems in the Library star
Weeding is not a favorite activity for most librarians. However, it can be a way to find those hidden gems and give them a second chance.

Teen Space in the Library star
Welcoming teens into the library starts with a space that makes them feel at home. Take a look at the teen space in your library, does it fit the bill? How do you know for sure? Perhaps a second look might be in order.

The Mission of Public Libraries star
What is the mission of public libraries? Sounds like such a simple question, but sometimes the true mission of a public library is forgotten because they have become commonplace in every community in the United States.

Using Children’s Books as Starting Point star
There are a great many books in the Children’s Room that lend themselves to a variety of different uses other than the ones to which they have been assigned originally.

Weeding- Library Training Op. star
Weeding the library's collection seems to many seasoned staffers like a boring task. However, for the new librarian, it is an excellent opportunity to learn how the library operations work.

What's the First Book in the Series? star
What book is next in this series? Has the next book come out yet? Do you know what the first book is? What author writes this particular character's story? These are common questions in the library. Here are a few ways to answer these all to common questions.

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