You know the stats. Library usage is up. Way up. According to a recent New York Times article libraries across the nation are seeing 10-30% more patrons over last year. The reason of course is the dismal economy. Libraries are answering this call with innovative and timely programs even as their own budgets are cut. Here’s a few that we think deserve special attention.
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You can make a difference. Sharing a message from the folks at ALA regarding how to make sure your local congress person will support $300 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $100 million for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program for FY 2010.
The Mount Prospect Public Library outside of Chicago has been reaching out to local press to show them how the library is helping families out during the down economy. See the fantastic TV coverage at CBS Chicago.
With little fanfare, DC Public Library has created an iPhone App that allows patrons to search their catalog and reserve a book. More than 3500 patrons have already downloaded it. DC may well be the first library system in the country to do an iPhone App. Plans are already underway to create a Facebook App: Hey iPhoners: Download the D.C. Public Library App!
In case you missed it, here’s the New York Times second article in the Future of Reading series. “In Web Age, Library Job gets Update” is a good reminder of how crucial it is to teach kids how to evaluate the information that is now available with the click of a mouse.