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Handbook of Federal Librarianship

Handbook of Federal Librarianship (updated 8/25/14)

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Handbook of Federal Librarianship (PDF)
Source: Library of Congress (Federal Library & Information Network)

The Handbook of Federal Librarianship is a project of the Federal Library and Information Network’s (FEDLINK) Education Working Group. Committee members are primarily federal librarians and others who hold positions in federal libraries and information centers. The third edition of the handbook has newly revised and updated chapters, sections, and information.

In keeping with the charge of the original task force, this handbook is a resource tool for librarians new to the federal community and a quick reference guide for established federal librarians. Because the Handbook of Federal Librarianship is a guide written for professional librarians, it not intended to be a manual on how to be a librarian. Instead, it focuses on the federal angle of otherwise standard practices and procedures of good librarianship. This edition omitted topics if it did not contain any uniquely federal characteristics. The copyright chapter is an exception to this rule because it remains a challenging and continuously developing topic for all librarians. The Education Working Group overwhelmingly favored producing this handbook in electronic format so that working group members can update it as often as new developments or issues emerge.

To avoid duplicating information already available elsewhere, the working group identified a large body of existing resources and an extensive existing collection on this topic. Therefore, this handbook provides only brief treatment of the main points of a topic with hypertext links to web sites for detailed coverage and references to print publications. The final selection of the handbook has a comprehensive listing with hypertext links and bibliographic citations in the Resources chapter”

Posted on: October 19, 2014, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

Public Libraries Offer More Than Just Books to Teens

Public Libraries Offer More Than Just Books to Teens

Older teens may often use public libraries, but they are less likely to say they highly value them, a new report says.

US News and World Report

“Sixty-five percent of older teens ages 16 to 17 surveyed in 2013 used a library in the past year, the largest percentage for any age group included in a recent report on younger Americans and public libraries, released by the Pew Research Center.”


Posted on: October 19, 2014, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

Fact Sheet: Depression and Suicide Risk (2014

 Fact Sheet: Depression and Suicide Risk (2014)

Source: American Association of Suicidology

Relationship Between Depression & Suicide:

1. Depression is the psychiatric diagnosis most commonly associated with suicide.
2. Lifetime risk of suicide among patients with untreated depression ranges from 2.2% to 15%.
3. Some that 15% of patients with treated depression eventually die by suicide.
4. Depression is present in at least 50 percent of all suicides.
5. 2% to 9 % of people that have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime will go on to complete suicide, according to a Mayo Clinic study.
6. Those suffering from depression are at 25 times greater risk for suicidal than the general population.


Posted on: October 19, 2014, 6:11 am Category: Uncategorized

iSchool Symposium “Building an Engaged Flat Army for the Library”

iSchool Symposium “Building an Engaged Flat Army for the Library”

Special discounts for FOPL and OLA members 


One of our key challenges in this century is organizing our libraries to innovate, change and succeed.  Recent research shows we have a way to go to adapt our organizations structures and cultures for the 21st Century.

U of T iSchool Symposium in partnership with Dysart & Jones Associates

November 13-14, 2014 

Building an Engaged Flat Army for the Library

  • Are our libraries organized for the 21st Century?
  • Do we have modern strategies for change?
  • Are our innovation cultures ready for the world of constant technology and societal changing expectations? 
  • Do you want to learn about innovation in public sector organization design, discuss and explore opportunities with peers?

If these questions challenge your management team, then this is the symposium for you to explore new ways to develop our organizations to address our future challenges.

Innovation and change are keys to success today as the world and its inhabitants continue to evolve and behave in different ways.  This event focuses on creating innovative attitudes, the intra-preneurial and entrepreneurial spirit, and start-up mindsets.  It discusses building competencies and structures that support these types of change and development.

Libraries are all about creating connected and engaged organizations and communities; however, they are often challenged in doing just that.  Using models and tools from Dan Pontrefract’s new book, Flat Army, you will be more confident in overcoming resistance to change in your library and building a culture of collaboration and engagement. A copy of the book is included in the registration of the first 50 registrants.

Filled with research on skills and competencies and the gaps we are seeing in libraries, this event focuses strategies, techniques, and practices for building capacity and sustainability of library leaders for the future.

The first 50 registrants receive a free copy of Dan Pontrefact’s book, Flat Army, .


Dan Pontrefact, Author, Flat Army
Ken Haycock,  iSchool Professor & Director, Marshall Business School, University of Southern California
Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones
MJ D’Elia StartUp Library Toronto
Helen Kula StartUp Library Toronto
Madeleine Lefebvre, Ryerson University
Anne Marie Madziak, Southern Ontario Library Service
Kathleen De Long, University of Alberta Libraries
Paul Takala, Hamilton Public Library

and more innovators we are currently confirming.

Conference Co-Chairs:
·         Jane Dysart, Senior Partner, Dysart & Jones
·         Stephen Abram, Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries



Posted on: October 18, 2014, 8:55 am Category: Uncategorized

The Economist Publishes an Online Essay About the Future of the Book

Publishing: The Economist Publishes an Online Essay About the Future of the Book

“The five-chapter essay (5000+ words) is titled, “From Papyrus to Pixels: The Digital Transformation Has Only Just Begun” and is available in web or book-like formats. It can also be listened to.

It includes several charts and a bibliography is also included.

Direct to Full Text Essay (via The


Posted on: October 18, 2014, 7:32 am Category: Uncategorized

Make your [Library] Website UX ROCK

From the always awesome David Lee King:

Make your Website UX ROCK


Posted on: October 18, 2014, 6:41 am Category: Uncategorized

Developing Effective Library Partnerships

“Partnerships can expand your library’s impact and value. Collaborating to reach shared goals just makes sense, but reaching out to new partners can be intimidating. Here’s advice from Infopeople instructor Cathy Hakala-Ausperk: “One of the most common mistakes libraries make initially when approaching potential partners is ambiguity. “What do you want from us?” “Why should we help you?” and “What’s the point?” are common responses to vague, poorly presented requests for help. While these approaches may be well-intentioned, they’re often the quick result of a broad idea to “ask them for money.” With that approach, businesses and groups that are also struggling will be understandably defensive and protective – and will often just turn you down flat.

But that doesn’t have to be the response, if you do some preparatory work before your library is ready to go looking for help through partnerships. How? Plan projects that will intrigue, rather than intimidate, potential library partners.

  • First, make sure the project solves a real problem.
  • Second, make sure the project offers a real solution.
  • Third, make sure that solution is realistic and achievable.”

Learn more with Cathy in the upcoming Infopeople course, Developing Effective Library Partnerships. Registration is open now. Course begins November 18.”


Posted on: October 17, 2014, 3:51 pm Category: Uncategorized