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20 Years of Work on Marketing Library Services [MLS]

Congratulations to Kathy Dempsey, for 20 years at the helm of Marketing Library Services newsletter. Kathy has a passion for all things marketing, and has dedicated her career to helping libraries stay funded and open.

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Michael L. Gruenberg Talks About What Inspired Him to Write “Buying and Selling Information”

Michael L. Gruenberg talks about what inspired him to write his book, Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success, at the 2014 Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, DC.


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Index it Right! Volume 3 is Here!

The third installment in ASI’s popular “Index It Right!” series offers a range of current and practical coverage—from ebook indexing, taxonomy construction, and meta-tagging to indexing in niche areas such as literary criticism, science, and math.

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Information Today Holiday Sale–Save 40% on Select ITI Titles!

I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t post our Holiday Sale here on this blog, right? I mean this is a book blog after all. But I digress.

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Eleven Questions to Ask About the Future of Your Library

Public libraries have changed significantly since my childhood. Gone are the card catalog and the abundant staff (replaced by fewer staff and various forms of automation). And in many local libraries, only a few research items, such as encyclopedias, remain. Research libraries with their large stacks and historical collections retain an air of legacy, but they too have changed. The most significant changes for all libraries lay ahead.

In the 1960s, only a few saw the potential of the internet, then a nascent defense system project, to disrupt libraries. And few, if any, saw the disruption in bookstores and retailing.

As we look forward, we can be much wiser about the questions we ask than about any conclusions we may draw. In the discipline called scenario planning, uncertainty drives stories with rich, multiple, branching chronicles of future history that create a safe place to explore what might be. For uncertainties to be useful, they must be named, their outcome or impact or very nature must be highly uncertain, and they must be critically relevant to a question such as, “What will be the role of libraries in 2023?”

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