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Library Systems Embracing Their New Roles As Social Service Hubs

Library Systems Embracing Their New Roles As Social Service Hubs

“We didn’t have good ways to get people into treatment,” Hardy says. “We’re working systematically on making changes to that process and to provide treatment on demand.”

“These two disciplines, librarians and social work, come together so beautifully — we can look at these issues from two different angles,” she says. “We’re getting out there, talking to these decision-makers, and advocating.”



Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized




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Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

Teens and Tweens: Large Print Makes a Difference!

Teens and Tweens: Large Print Makes a Difference!

Vision Thing

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks have all revolutionized the world for every age group.  For tweens and teens, the effects of hours of utilizing these devices has made a real impact on their vision.  The impact on literacy levels has also been noted.  Dr. Ralph Chu remarks on one condition called dry eye disease (DED), saying that, “you see (DED) commonly in people who are in their 50’s & 60’s, but now with children who are using their smartphones a lot, we’re seeing this more and more.”So, let’s read up on how large print can make all the difference in this vision thing!

Large Print and Learning

Believe it or not, larger print has some wonderful advantages, not just for staving off myopia.  Struggling readers can benefit significantly from larger print materials.  Tween and teen reluctant readers may want to read, but may be finding it difficult.  For tween/teen library users with cognitive challenges or learning disabilities large print makes a difference. Larger print can also help readers facing ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia.

Size Matters

According to Thorndike Press:

The combination of a larger font and fewer words on a page helps with:

  • Decoding—Fewer words means readers can fully decode and process each page
  • Fluency—Because the additional white space between lines slows the eye and increases the care they take with the text, young readers show improved fluency – Editor: this is also sometimes called “tracking”
  • Comprehension—Once decoding errors are eliminated and fluency improves, young readers can focus on the meaning of the text. Full comprehension leads to reading satisfaction

There’s real science behind all of this, folks:

“Large print books are the missing component for accelerating literacy comprehension and reading fluency for all students, whether they are struggling, proficient, or in between,” — Literacy and Neuroscience Researcher, Elizabeth Lowe

Don’t Just Take My Word For It

So, I got some practical responses from the field for you, so I can definitely say, don’t just take my word for it:

hear what students shared about large print












This same system made stronger bonds between public libraries and school media centers by promoting large print for teens and tweens:

large print builds stronger partnerships between public schools and public libraries











Special thanks to Beth Napier, MLS for bringing large print for tweens and teens to my attention and all of its wonderful possibilities!”

Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:29 am Category: Uncategorized

Gale and EveryLibrary team up to launch nationwide campaign to promote How libraries support entrepreneurship

Gale and EveryLibrary team up to launch nationwide campaign to promote How libraries support entrepreneurship

Riverside, IL adn Farmington Hills, MI — February 15, 2019. Did you know libraries are one of the most valuable (and free) resources available to entrepreneurs seeking to launch a small business? That’s why Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with EveryLibrary, a national non-profit organization dedicated to non-partisan political action on behalf of libraries, to launch a nationwide campaign to help raise awareness of the services libraries offer to entrepreneurs and startups.

“Libraries are economic development engines in their communities,” says John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary. “Librarians help starters and entrepreneurs shape their ideas into viable products or businesses while helping established small businesses understand and grow their market. That’s why we are so excited to partner with Gale. Their information solutions are the market intelligence and business informatics that every entrepreneur needs to succeed. We want to share the powerful story about librarians and the impact of business reference services to support the local economy and to create individual and family prosperity.”

The campaign will run throughout the year with the first event kicking off during National Entrepreneurship Week, February 16-23, 2019, where EveryLibrary and the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) will host a free webinar titled: Libraries and Incubators Tuesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar brings together libraries and other innovation ecosystem builders to share insights and best practices about business development. Leigh Ann Cusack, senior director of product development for public libraries at Gale, will participate in the presentation outlining a path for business planning and share insights and recommendations on useful tools available through public libraries. Additionally, Community Reference Manager, Kim Gile from the Kansas City Public Library will offer insider insight into how libraries are economic drivers with examples from across the United States. Register for this webinar.

“Public libraries have always played a powerful role in connecting people with the resources and learning they need to be successful in life. However, most entrepreneurs are unaware of the free business resources and staff expertise that their local libraries offer that can guide them throughout every stage of business planning, said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Through our partnership with EveryLibrary, our goal is to change this by driving awareness of the value that libraries provide to the entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

For more information visit the Gale Entrepreneurship webpage or EveryLibrary’s Entrepreneurs blog.

About Cengage and Gale

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit

About EveryLibrary

EveryLibrary is the first and only national political action committee for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has helped nearly 100 libraries with their local ballot measures to renew or extend funding. With an 80% win rate, EveryLibrary has helped local libraries secure over $320 million per annum in stable tax funding for building projects, collections, programs, services and staffing. As a donor-supported organization, EveryLibrary provides all their campaign consulting pro-bono and free of charge to both the library’s Informational Communications Campaign as well as the local ballot support committee. You can learn more about EveryLibrary’s history of campaign support at

Posted on: February 18, 2019, 6:24 am Category: Uncategorized

Compilation on High-Impact Practices for Student Success

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today our latest print-on-demand compilation, “High-Impact Practices for Student Success.” You may download a copy here, free. And you may sign up here for a free webcast on the themes of the booklet on Tuesday, March 5, at 2 p.m. Eastern.
I worry that a quick search of this document doesn’t show a single instance of the work library or librarian.  Does Inside HigherEd not bother to read the research?  Or are academic librarians not informing this major communication channel?

Posted on: February 17, 2019, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Evaluate a Museum Digital Collection

How to Evaluate a Museum Digital Collection


Posted on: February 17, 2019, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

3 Rules for Choosing Nonfiction Books

3 Rules for Choosing Nonfiction Books

“Rule #1: Prefer books by experts in the field”

“Rule #2: Only accept Goodreads ratings of 4.0 and up”

“Rule #3: No books with the word “surprising” on the cover”


Posted on: February 17, 2019, 6:11 am Category: Uncategorized