Library Sciences Articles & Blogs

How Summer Reading Programs Help Avoid the “Summer Slide”

Many look to public libraries, which often work with local school districts to develop grade-appropriate summer reading lists and engaging programs.

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Are Presidential Libraries Evolving?

Learn how the Obama Presidential Center differs from the norm, and why presidential libraries may be evolving.

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Creating Content for Targeted Communities of Users

The best way to make sure you’re targeting the right audience is to understand who the audience is.

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Why Pursue a Graduate Library Degree at a Business School

Many of the skills developed in library science degree programs are in-demand in today’s workforce.

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The New “Rock-Star” Librarian

A recent article highlights the parallels between some contemporary librarians and musicians that many people admire.

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5 Leadership Tactics for the Modern Library Landscape

Because people turn to the Internet for most of their information needs, today’s library leaders must embrace digital strategies and promote online use.

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Why Information Leaders Are More Important Than Ever

In an age where fake news can impact public opinion and even election results, information leaders are more important than ever.

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Discovering a Career in Instructional Design

Instructional designers have to stay flexible in their techniques in order to serve different populations of learners. 

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The Challenges and Triumphs of the Local Library

Read on to learn more about some of the challenges libraries have faced in recent years, as well as the steps many have taken to adapt and even thrive in an ever-advancing culture.

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5 Ways an MMLIS Degree Is Relevant in 2017

In an environment of near constant change, it’s an important time to strive for an MMLIS degree. See some of the major benefits of this degree for 2017.

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Both National and Local Libraries are Increasingly Going Digital

Though the printed book is still an important component of the library, many institutions are shifting their focus more to digital.

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4 Techniques for Effectively Marketing Libraries

To maintain a connection with the people in a community, librarians need to stay knowledgeable, up-to-date, and above all, flexible.

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Library Technology in 2017

Here are the top six technologies and innovations to look out for in 2017.

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E-Content Trends That Dominated in 2016

Patrons checked out 19 percent more children’s and young adult e-books using the platform in 2016 than in 2015.

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6 Library Leaders Who Made a Difference

Here, we present six library leaders from the past who made a difference and left a lasting mark on the field of librarianship, so you can learn about the particular leadership traits that they embodied.

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4 Important Things About Urban Public Librarianship in 2017

Here are four innovative ways that public urban libraries can serve and promote their communities in 2017 and beyond.

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3 Reasons to Pursue Academic Librarianship

The demand for academic librarians continues to grow, and those with an aptitude and background that fit this librarian specialty can flourish in the role

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The Role of Search and Discovery in Libraries

The role of search and discovery software has become increasingly important in library systems that are responsible for digital as well as print materials.

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The Science Behind How Google Works

The goal is to deliver high quality content quickly, and new algorithms are constantly being released to come closer to accomplishing it.

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What You Need To Know About Indexing of Visual Materials

Without proper indexing, a historic image might never be seen, or it might show up under the wrong sections.

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What Exactly Is Information Literacy And What Role Does It Play In Education

Learn the importance of information literacy and its impact on learning in USC’s latest blog post.

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A Closer Look at the Work of S.R. Ranganathan

Ranganathan’s background in mathematics and teaching made him uniquely qualified to affect transformation within the Indian library system.

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4 Signs That a Library Science Degree is Right for You

A library science degree is a diverse area of study that incorporates many different disciplines, including information systems and technology, research methods, statistics, and management.

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4 Essential Roles Librarians Fill Today

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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Six Innovative Library Programs From Around the World

These six institutions are revolutionizing how we think of libraries.

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6 Interesting Jobs for Library Science Majors

Here are just a few of the many interesting jobs that incorporate your unique skills with a library science degree.

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4 Ways a Well-Managed Library Can Impact Its Community

Libraries are so much more than repositories for books and periodicals; they are part of the social and educational lifeblood of communities.

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The Changing Face of Modern Libraries

Libraries are listening to the needs of the public and making critical changes in order to stay relevant in the eyes of modern education.

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How the Digital Age Has Both Helped and Hurt the Librarian Role

Read on to discover how the digital age has helped and hurt librarians.

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The Art of Preserving Books for Centuries

As Northrop Frye reminded us, “The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.” As these tomes of wisdom endure, the following techniques can help preserve books for centuries.

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Why Does A Change In Reference Services Matter?

Many libraries offer virtual reference services 24 hours per day. These services are accessible remotely online and provide a convenient way for researchers to utilize library services whenever and from wherever they want.

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5 Surprising Things Librarians Often Do

While librarians seem to be immersed in the world of books, they actually have a lengthy job description that might surprise patrons.

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The Top Libraries in the World

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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The New Age of Librarianship

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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The Library of Congress and Culture

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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An Insider’s Guide to Library Science

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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A Guide to “Maker Spaces”

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Geographic Information System Librarian

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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4 Ways to Know You Were Meant to Be a Librarian

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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4 Important Dates in the Evolution of Libraries

Today’s librarian needs to wear more hats than ever before. Here are four essential ones.

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