More innovative library services




Technological innovation always leads to innovative library services. Libraries quickly embraced personal computers, for example. Probably any library in the country will help patrons learn to use a computer for the first time. Or help them learn sophisticated software. Libraries still find new ways to use computers and peripherals to add new services. More recently, the public has become addicted to mobile phones. So, of course, libraries use them, and help patrons use them, too. Here is the latest in an occasional series of posts about innovative library services. … Continue reading






How to take expensive online courses free at the library




Do you want to take online courses? And know they’re legit? Some companies offer thousands of courses. You can take as many as you want, if you want to pay $20-30 a month for a subscription. A bit out of your budget? Maybe you can get around it the same way you can get around other information expenses. Go to the library. … Continue reading






Surprising place to get healthy: at the library




As the Affordable Care Act’s flaws become more apparent and politicians bicker over how, or whether, to fix it, where can we look for real leadership on health? At the library! The library’s role in health shouldn’t be surprising. Libraries have long dedicated themselves to educating the public about many critical issues. They have long provided the poor with services they can get nowhere else. They have long sought innovative ways to expand their influence. Here are four ┬áhealth initiatives I have recently learned about. … Continue reading






22 ways to use the library




Do you know what’s going on at the library? Even if you’re a regular library user, you may may be missing something interesting. Libraries represent a kind of “third space,” which is neither home nor work. Unlike many others, they are not a business. They don’t carry with them the expectation that you will pay for something. Of course, libraries offer numerous services you can use. You’re paying for public library services with tax dollars. You’re paying for academic library services if you are part of a college/university community. For most purposes, then, you never have to dig out cash … Continue reading