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U.S. Public Libraries Become Front Line in Fight Against Homelessness

U.S. Public Libraries Become Front Line in Fight Against Homelessness

“From Reuters:

Moving beyond their old-fashioned image as book custodians where librarians shush people for talking too loud, libraries have evolved to serve as community centers, staffed with social workers and offering programs from meals to job counseling.

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Libraries are magnets for the homeless since they are public, free, centrally located and quiet. They also are safe, a major draw given that 337 homeless people have been killed in hate crimes in the last 15 years, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

“(Libraries) are on the front line whether they want to or not,” said Jeremy Rosen, director of advocacy at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, an advocacy group.

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What some of the libraries are doing is phenomenal,” said David Pirtle, who was once homeless and now gives speeches for the National Coalition for the Homeless.

He said libraries were more welcoming than a decade ago, when some sought to limit access for the homeless. The homeless also are more willing to work with librarians and security officers, Pirtle said.

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Stephen

Posted on: August 22, 2014, 7:09 am Category: Uncategorized

AAP Reports eBook, Book Revenues Up in First Quarter 2014

AAP Reports eBook, Book Revenues Up in First Quarter 2014

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/07/17/aap-reports-ebook-book-revenues-first-quarter-2014/#.U86MZPlznTo

aap first quarter 2014

Stephen

Posted on: August 22, 2014, 7:08 am Category: Uncategorized

There has to be a library land metaphor here somewhere!

There has to be a library land metaphor here somewhere!

Tree grows 40 types of fruit

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/30/tree-grows-40-types-of-fruit.html

 

 

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“Sam Van Aken created a tree that “grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.”

“Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conversation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.””

Stephen

Posted on: August 22, 2014, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

16 Steps to Compelling Content Creation

16 Steps to Compelling Content Creation

http://www.marketingtechblog.com/compelling-content-creation/

16 Steps to Compelling Content Creation

Stephen

Posted on: August 21, 2014, 7:06 am Category: Uncategorized

Lifehacker: 9 Minutes a Day is the Magic Number for Better Personal Branding

9 Minutes a Day is the Magic Number for Better Personal Branding

http://lifehacker.com/9-minutes-a-day-is-the-magic-number-for-better-personal-1606419825

“Personal branding expert William Arruda says all you need is nine minutes every day.”

“nine minutes per weekday translates into 45 minutes a week, or roughly one full work-week each year.”

“There are lots of things you can do for your personal brand in this time, Arruda says:

  1. Update your LinkedIn status, letting your contacts know what you are up to or what your opinion is on a timely topic.
  2. Reach out to a former colleague or manager to reinforce your connection.
  3. Discover your brand color. Then use it in your personal communications, your email signature and your online profiles.
  4. Ask for feedback, recommendations and endorsements from managers, clients and other colleagues.
  5. Research thought-leaders in your area of expertise on the web and choose one or two to follow.
  6. Join a LinkedIn group and comment on a LinkedIn group post.
  7. Recommend and congratulate others in their careers, and send thank-you notes (written or email) to team members, colleagues and others who have made a significant contribution.
  8. Record your “Wins” for the week. Tracking all your successes will also keep you prepared for your annual performance review. Here’s a worksheet you can use to capture your wins.
  9. Write your 3D Brand Bio. “

Stephen

Posted on: August 21, 2014, 7:03 am Category: Uncategorized

Hack School Libraries

Great Inspiration from Joyce Valenza for Teacher librarians:

Hack School Libraries

http://www.slideshare.net/joycevalenza/hack-school-libraries

Stephen

Posted on: August 21, 2014, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

Social Media 2014

Social Media Facts, Figures and Stats [Infographic]

http://socialtimes.com/social-media-facts-figures-stats-infographic_b200159

social media facts

Stephen

Posted on: August 20, 2014, 6:58 am Category: Uncategorized