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Best Small Library in America 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Congratulations to Naturita Community Library, in the town of Naturita, CO, population 665!

“Open 57 hours a week over six days, the library continually creates a vibrant and responsive community center for Naturita and the surrounding small towns. There patrons tap into technology, distance education, and broad programming aimed at all. Its innovation in these areas, and so much more, has won the library LJ’s 2011 Best Small Library in America Award, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Communities Accessing Technology

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

What is Community Informatics?
Michael Gurstein presented to the group “Librarians without Borders” at the University of British Columbia to discuss community informatics [Digital Inclusion Network (DIN) listserv)]

For minorities, new ‘digital divide’ seen
The Washington Post
By Jesse Washington
The Associated Press
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When the personal computer revolution began decades ago, Latinos and blacks were much less likely to use one of the marvelous new machines. Then, when the Internet began to change life as we know it, these groups had less access to the Web and slower online connections – placing them on the wrong side of the “digital divide.” [Digital Inclusion Network (DIN) listserv)]

FEMA Recognizes Libraries as Essential Community Organizations

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
Library Journal
by Michael Kelley
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) changed its policy on January 7 to allow libraries to be eligible for temporary relocation during major disasters and emergencies under the FEMA Public Assistance Program. [DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB ]

Finding Spanish Language Health Information

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

¿No Comprende?  Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish Speaking Communities

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, will present two free online classes for librarians who want to connect their Spanish speaking patrons with good health information.  The NNLM is working with Heartland REFORMA on this.

Where: Elluminate (online)
When: Wednesdays, February 2 and 16, 2011, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
To register: (sign up for both sessions separately)

More information:

Mulitple Language Videos

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Yesterday I posted the link to the Omaha Public Libraries YouTube Video on how to use the library. As I looked at the site more closely, I realized that they have made several versions of this video in multiple languages.  Versions with subtitles include Arabic, Karen, Somali, Spanish and Swahili; audio versions are available in Arabic, Karen, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese-Nuer, Swahili as well as English.  You can see links to others in the lower left hand corner where it says Recent Activity.

Video: How to Use the Library

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
The Omaha Public Library video explains concepts of the public library system including how to get a library card, and explaining basic terms such as “borrow” and “check out”.  They point out that you need proof of residence and an ID, but you don’t need to be a US citizen.

Public Library News

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Towards a National Transition Plan for Libraries
Phil Shapiro
Public libraries are undergoing huge changes in the shift from analog to digital media. Some large city libraries have hired digital strategists to help them take appropriate steps in this transition. Smaller or poorer libraries don’t have the benefit of having a full-time staff person working on the transition. To keep those libraries from falling behind, it makes sense to devise a national plan for this transition – a plan that will unfold in increments over the next ten years. With such a plan in place, libraries – and the communities they serve – will have a good idea of where their own libraries are in the transition.

A map of Public Library closures in the United Kingdom

Outstanding Public Library/Public Health Partnership Awards
Awards will be offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NE, MO, KS, WY, UT or CO) to recognize public libraries that have had successful public library/public health partnerships involving health information. Recipients will receive a $200 cash award or gift.

Welcoming the homeless into libraries

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Kim Leeder writes: “Even in my university library we see individuals on a regular basis who appear to fit the homeless profile. Have I ever helped them, or has my library been doing anything to help? Not beyond the definitions of what we do for any other community user, and in fact perhaps less. I’d like to dedicate this blog post to some of the libraries that have met the call for help in their communities and share their stories from my research and reading on this topic. Perhaps these stories can remind us of our ability—and responsibility—to work with local organizations to create programs and services to assist the needy in our own towns and cities.”…
[In the Library with the Lead Pipe, Dec. 1/ American Libraries Direct 12/1/2010]

REFORMA National Conference Call for Presentations

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, is hold it’s fourth national conference in Denver, CO in 2011
Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level: Juntos in the Mile High City!
September 15 – 18, 2011
Denver, CO
Presentations should reflect the overall theme of the conference, “Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level:  Juntos in the Mile High City.” Presentations are 75 minutes long, including a question/answer period.  The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15, 2011.  Final selections will be made by the evaluation committee in early February and notifications will be sent out on February 15, 2011. Submit proposals online at

Dartmouth project takes science to rural libraries

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

By Holly Ramer
Associated Press Writer / October 17, 2010
Boston Globe
Daniel Rockmore, who teaches math and computer science, and Marcelo Gleiser, who teaches physics and astronomy, recently were awarded $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for a project designed to get people interested in the scientific process and how science affects their daily lives. The professors chose rural libraries as the setting because they often are the social centers of small towns far away from science museums.[Center for Rural Affairs ]