• Video Surveillance vs. People Counting Software in the Library

    Libraries have changed a lot since we were kids. Most kids will never experience a “card catalogue” with actual cards filed in little drawers, nor will they seek answers from an encyclopedia for a research project. Today, there are more than 120,000 libraries in the United States and these buildings function as meeting spaces for […]

  • Mission Critical: School Libraries More Valuable Than Communities Perceive

    Across the US, schools just finished celebrating National Library Week, which took place this year from April 13-19. It’s a critical time for school libraries, as districts are scrutinizing their budgets more closely than ever before, looking for dollars to trim. Libraries may have been celebrated last week, but many library professionals believe the institutions […]

  • Affordable Care Act Strains Already-Struggling Library Budgets

    According to the American Library Association, there are more than 120,000 libraries in the United States. Libraries date back to 2600 BC, when resources were clay tablets written in cuneiform, one of the earliest known forms of writing – we’ve certainly come a long way since then. Today, libraries serve nearly 1.6 billion visits and […]

  • How to Track eBook Lending in Libraries

    Libraries are undergoing transformation and have been for some time. Over the past few years, the demand for eBooks and eReaders has significantly increased as a result of not only technological factors, but also economic, social and legal factors. The digital shift This shift is nothing new in 2014. According to Pew Research, the number […]

  • 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Librarians

    Today’s librarians should have two main goals for 2014: bring more people to their facilities and offer more resources to their communities. As eReaders and eBooks gain popularity, people are losing sight of the creativity that a library can inspire. People are unsure of how to fit libraries into their lives in the digital age. […]

  • Enhancing the Experience: A Modern Library’s Guide to Makerspaces

    As a culture, our expectations for public places like libraries, museums and shopping malls are shifting from a destination to an experience. The increased importance on “the experience” is a trend has been going on for decades. In fact, in 1998, two consultants coined the term “the experience economy” and suggested that businesses offer customers […]