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What Makes a Good Library Website?

In the autumn of 2018, the iSchool Public Library Initiative (IPLI) worked on a project that involved collecting library statistics. One of the main sources for this data were state library websites. As a former web developer, as well as a patron of these pages, it was difficult for me to not notice the lack… Read the full article…


Preparing for The Academic Librarian Job Interview

I recently had the opportunity to experience my first professional academic librarian interview. It was quite an experience! Six months before graduation, I applied to a handful of positions, ranging from a few part-time to adjunct positions to first year and user experience librarian positions. I printed out job descriptions, and highlighted the skills that… Read the full article…


The 2020 Census and Public Libraries

The first day of April 2019 marks the Census Day of Action. This means that in exactly one year, the 2020 Census will be underway. In the past week, communities across the United States held events promoting census awareness and participation. The United States Constitution mandates the Census. It collects data about people living in the… Read the full article…


Libraries and Librarians in the Movies

Librarians in movies tend to fall into a cranky spinster stereotype — you know at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life” when the horrible, alternate reality is that Mary has become a librarian? — while libraries are dusty, old buildings. In real life, that’s just not the case; libraries play host to life-changing moments… Read the full article…