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  • Mission Critical: School Libraries More Valuable Than Communities Perceive April 22, 2014 by Chris Wadsworth 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… Read more
  • Affordable Care Act Strains Already-Struggling Library Budgets April 8, 2014 by Chris Wadsworth 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… Read more
  • How to Track eBook Lending in Libraries February 28, 2014 by Chris Wadsworth 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… Read more
  • 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Librarians December 19, 2013 by Chris Wadsworth 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.… Read more
  • Enhancing the Experience: A Modern Library’s Guide to Makerspaces November 19, 2013 by Chris Wadsworth 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… Read more
  • How to Leverage Library Design to Encourage Creativity November 12, 2013 by Chris Wadsworth The main obstacles for today’s libraries are Amazon, Wikipedia and Google. Whether or not these are the best sources, people want a quick and easy solution to their queries. In a world where we are provided with instant and constant gratification, we don’t want to have to travel to the library and scan several shelves before… Read more
  • How to Use a People Counting System to Justify Your Requests October 2, 2013 by Chris Wadsworth People counting technology is crucial for justifying requests because it answers questions that a POS system cannot. This is especially true in the case of nonprofit organizations and learning facilities like public libraries, museums and university centers. People counting data provides insight into the amount of people being serviced by these facilities and the amount… Read more
  • Why All Libraries Need People Counting Systems August 6, 2013 by Chris Wadsworth With the emergence of eBooks and eReaders, it’s important for libraries to ditch the Dark Ages and embrace the digital age. What started as just a building full of books is now a community resource center with computer labs. People counting systems have dual purpose in the digital takeover – they not only provide libraries… Read more