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JAN
20

Learn to Read and Write (1)

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It seems simple enough: you get to the right age, you go to school a teacher coaches you through phonics, or memorization, or whatever method happens to be in fashion at the time, and by the time you graduate you are a fully literate person. Except, that doesn’t always happen. Take my younger sister for example. When she started school, some bright young thing with a freshly polished ed. Degree began teaching at our school. She promoted (pushed) a wonderful new method of teaching re... More...
DEC
15

Community Partnerships

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Partnerships! Partnerships! Know Your Community Developing partnerships to support library programming has been getting more and more attention in the past few years. And this makes sense – if you can find someone else who is working towards a similar goal, who can help with the work, space, and/or cost of a project or program, then you’d be foolish not to take advantage of it! The one Library Service Response that relies most heavily on successful partnerships, in fact cannot... More...
NOV
07

The Facts Fast

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Get Facts Fast: Ready Reference. Just when it looks like providing reference is going the way of the dodo due to lack of use, I see an sudden influx of questions coming through Ask A Question, the online reference service sponsored by The Alberta Library (TAL). Before the time of online reference services, there was the humble librarian: eager and willing to answer all your inscrutable questions (or perhaps not so eager and willing, hence the prune-faced stereotype). That’s all b... More...
JUN
03

Express Creativity - Sharing Content

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Sharing is a good thing. From the time we enter kindergarten, we are evaluated on how well we play with others and how well we share. The meaning is simple: allowing others to enjoy something that we own or have created. In the world of fine arts, the bigger and broader the audience we share with, the better; think blockbuster movies, best-sellers and Twitter followers measured in the millions. When we create something, and are proud of the accomplishment, we naturally want others to kn... More...
MAY
20

Express Creativity - Create Content

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Express Creativity: Create Content Those who have heard me give the training on Strategic Planning for Results may remember hearing me refer to this Library Service Response as the “dangerous one.” The reason for this is because Expressing Creativity: Create and Share Content can be one of the biggest money drains on often already limited financial resources. Also, which activities a library chooses to host may not actually meet the needs it was intended to due to lack of info... More...
MAY
05

Discover Your Roots - Local History

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When I first came out to Elk Point, I began a conversation about the town: “I presume there are elk in Elk Point.” When I received a negative response I was a little confounded, but continued: “Is there at least a point?” I was informed that an early settler to the area liked the spot as it reminded him of where he had come from, and so named it after his hometown. I liked that idea. Moving to a small town where everyone knows everyone else, it becomes important ... More...
APR
27

Discover Your Roots - Genealogy

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Discover Your Roots: Genealogy The other day I received an AAQ request for a family tree for a specific person, and I wasn’t able to do it. Unless the person is famous and historians have already traced their roots, local library staff cannot be expected to provide this type of information: it requires too much research, often months. It also requires dedication and access to a wide variety of resources. Tracing your own family tree two or three generations back may not be that d... More...
APR
14

Create Young Readers

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Create Young Readers: Early Literacy Very rarely will you find a public library that doesn’t have some sort of early literacy program offered to young ones who squirm around on carpets, interrupt with a story of their own, or burst into tears for seemingly no reason at all. This is the bread and butter of public libraries, the most obvious place to start: get them reading when they’re young. We’ve got the books, the space, the imagination, the resources, the market and ... More...
MAR
28

Connect to the Online World: Part 2

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Connect to the Online World: Part 2 Yesterday I heard a radio commentator sounding off on the fact that in Canada the large internet service providers, like Bell and Rogers, are allowed to meter internet usage and charge for overages (also referred to as Usage Based Billing). While this decision by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) has come under public and political assault, and is currently under review to reverse the decision, it is already in practic... More...
MAR
11

Connect to the Online World: Public Internet Access

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Connect to the Online World: Public Internet Access Every time I come to this Library Service Response in board training for the Plan of Service, I skip right over it. After all, Municipal Affairs, Public Library Services Branch covers the cost of the SuperNet and NLLS covers the ISP costs. You all have free internet and free wireless access in your libraries. It’s taken care of for you, so you really don’t have to set it as a priority – should be end of story. Right?... More...
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