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Public Libraries Supporting Health and Wellness

When most people think of health and wellness, chances are the public library is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, over the past few years, public libraries have been playing an increasing role in supporting the physical, mental and social wellness needs of their communities in a variety of ways. Whether it’s… Read the full article…



Outreach in Libraries: Reaching Our Audiences

Reaching our audiences is a critical part of librarian’s jobs.  The many different types of librarianship engage their audiences as a part of their mission and to that end, different types of librarians work with different methods of outreach. Outreach is one of my favorite parts of working with a community. I find it greatly satisfying… Read the full article…


Library Friday: Queens Library

This semester I’m enrolled in the course, IST 613: Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment. I’ve been assigned to revitalize a youth literacy program for four to seven-year-old English language learners who come to Syracuse from all over the world. Three weeks ago, a group of us library science students visited the Boston Public Library. We were… Read the full article…


MSLIS Internship Close Up: Public Service

After looking at the technical and data-driven side of librarianship last week, I decided to mix things up. This week, I had the opportunity to chat with two recent alums about their internship experiences in our focus area of public service. What is a Public Service Librarian? Libraries of all shapes and sizes regularly ask… Read the full article…



The End of Libraries? Not so Fast, MG Siegler

The foundation of libraries and librarianship has shifted dramatically over the last decade or so.  Digital resources provide access to seemingly boundless quantities of information, virtually untethered to physical repositories.  The internet has seemingly built a library in every modem and made every user a librarian.  While this prompts some observers to cast the future… Read the full article…


Gaming and Play in the Library: A Brief History

The international academic journal Library Quarterly recently published my article tracing the history of gaming in libraries back to the 1850s. You can see the entire article in the publications area of my game lab, Because Play Matters. I wanted to offer a few highlights here about how public libraries have used games over the years…. Read the full article…