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    Public libraries are trying to keep up in a world where technological changes are rapid and constant. In order to stay relevant, public libraries must understand and embrace change and new technologies. Public library spaces will continue to be reinvented in order to better meet the needs of users. But where the most amount of change is expected is in digital content. As the library changes, the catalog must change. These changes need to consider not just current needs but the future needs of library users. More and more users are relying on Internet search engines such as Google to search for information. Research shows that while the public still wants access to print books they also want an increase in electronic resources (“Library Services…

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    Libraries of the future public libraries are moving into a direction of redesigning library space, moving away from set traditional ways and welcoming the digital age for their communities. As we take a closer glance into the future it entitles people wanting to gaining access to information at a rapid rate. However, the challenges public libraries will face are securing adequate funding to support such major changes. Eliminating the Dewey systems application Consenus (2009) examined the…

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    Throughout modern history, McKim, Mead, and White’s Boston Public Library has existed as a recognizable architectural landmark and therefore, as an integral part of the Boston cityscape. However, the library is just one of many buildings from the era in the area and is by no means the most significant to the nation’s history, forcing the question of why the building is so very iconic. The justification can be found when the structure is dissected into a handful of key spaces. Through its innate…

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    Brooklyn Public Library

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    events have on the patrons being served. However, this is paralleled by the patron appreciation that can be seen as well. In communities where every-day needs are not being met and budgets, both inside and outside of the library are growing smaller, it is more important than ever to find creative and new ways to serve the community. Public libraries are excellent places to provide at-risk youth with services, programs, and materials which will help them succeed. Research suggests that teenagers…

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    history with public libraries after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Encouraged by the Britain Parliament, people of Chicago earned the right for free public libraries and the establishment of the Chicago Public Library in 1872. Now, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) has 80 branches around the city, and the newest one is the Chinatown Branch Library, opened in 2015 and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in collaboration with Wight & Company and the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC).…

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    This month I celebrate a 9-year anniversary working in a public library setting. When I started my library career in 2006, it was only a part-time job for me. I worked various second jobs in tandem with my page position at a small branch of a public library system while attending the University of Tennessee. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology from UT in 2009, and decided ultimately, that I wanted to pursue full-time employment with the Knox County Public Library (KCPL).…

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    Smith Falls Public Library

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    reviewing the suggestions for the Smiths Falls Public Library. The community is a small area surrounded nature and a lovely view of its bodies of water, this includes a waterfall. Smith falls community location is near Queen Street and Brockville Street. With the well-known Rideau River flowing through the town. The smith falls public library is on 81 Beckwith St. N. Smith Falls. Looking at their website there doesn’t appear to have other branches of their library but they do serve the public.…

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    “The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of all human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.” Libba Bary, bestselling fiction author, expresses the importance of libraries in the above quotation, stating that access to the public…

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    Here is a situation at Fawville Public Library where the staff has gone through two types of directors, which they defined one as an autocrat and the other as an abdicator. The first former director ruled with absolute authority for sixteen years, a substantially long enough period to make a mark. The next and most recent director, who only stayed for six months as part of the probationary period, proved to be a complete opposite and a total shut-in. He was far too timid for a man of his…

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    It is with great enthusiasm that I express my interest in the position of Librarian IV at the Houston Public Library. The position provides an excellent and exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of initiatives to refine and improve collections at the branch and organizational level. With over ten years of customer service and collection maintenance experience, I have a set of skills and qualifications that will make me an asset to the department. I have developed and maintained…

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