Category Archives: Libraries & Museums

IMLS Funding Reports by State 2011-2016

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 2017

From the press release:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released reports with detailed views of IMLS funding for the past six years (FY 2011 through FY 2016) for every state across the nation and the District of Columbia. It is the first time the agency has compiled information across the agency’s museum and library programs by state in this manner. The documents will serve as a one-stop information source with data that are publicly available but are currently distributed across multiple datasets or databases.

The IMLS funding report for each state includes total dollars and counts of IMLS grants and awards, as well as amounts of grantee matches or state government maintenance of effort levels. It lists museums and libraries receiving IMLS awards and grants, and provides descriptions of the library Grants to States program projects. It also includes information about geographic distribution of grants across the state. With charts, tables, and maps, the reports help the reader to find valuable information easily and make state-by-state comparisons.

Remotivating the Black Vote: The Effect of Low-Quality Information on Black Voters in the 2016 Presidential Election and How Librarians Can Intervene

Source: Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), Denyvetta Davis, and Jason Kelly Alston, The Library Quarterly, Vol. 87 no. 3, July 2017
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From the abstract:
In a phenomenon that was surprising to many, given the racially charged nature of the 2016 presidential election, black voter turnout was significantly lower than the previous two elections. Donald Trump’s victory is attributable to many factors, one of which was the lower participation of black voters in several swing states. To a lesser extent, black support for third-party candidates also aided Trump’s victory. The lower black turnout itself is attributable to several factors, but one factor specifically in the LIS realm was the prevalence of low-quality information and rhetoric and a susceptibility that some black voters had to this low-quality information and rhetoric. Librarians have a stake and a role in black voter participation. This article will present two specific tactics and other general methods for how librarians can better inform black voters and help motivate them to participate in the process.

New Trump Budget Eliminates Arts, Humanities, Library Agencies

Source: Jackie Zubrzycki, Education Week, Curriculum Matters blog, May 23, 2017

The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences would begin shutting down in 2018 if President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget, released today, is approved by Congress.

The $4.1 trillion budget, called “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” involves significant tax cuts, an increase in spending on the military and border security, and cuts to domestic programs like Medicaid along with the arts, humanities, and library agencies.

Trump’s initial budget proposal, released in March, involved cutting the endowments and IMLS, which support education programs around the country. Supporters breathed a sigh of relief when the endowments received extra funds through the end of 2017. ….

But Trump’s new budget again calls for the elimination of the agencies, asserting that the endowments are not “core federal activities” and that getting rid of the IMLS will likely not cause “a significant number” of libraries and museums to close.

How Denver Public Library Balances Books And Being A Homeless Shelter

Source: Michael Sakas, Colorado Public Radio, May 17, 2017

A visit to the library likely means checking out a book or movie. But the Denver Public Library says its central location has another job these days — it’s somewhat of a homeless shelter….. When the doors of the library open at 10 a.m. a mix of people usually wait outside to be let in. Some have materials to return or pickup, and others are seeking shelter…..

Robots, the Quiet Workers, Are You Ready to Take Over?

Source: Philip Calvert, Public Library Quarterly, Latest Articles, Published online: 04 Apr 2017
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From the abstract:
Robots are becoming more commonly used in libraries. A robot that does shelf reading and reports the results to human staff is one example of a practical use of robotics in a library. Others have been used to retrieve large items such as boxes, but identifying and picking up small and varied objects such as books is still on the edge of what can be done. Devices using artificial intelligence can act as guides, or in some cases, as personal assistants for library customers. Some are answering questions and learning as they go. If robots can perform library work effectively and more cheaply than humans it is inevitable they will be more widely used.

US Library Survey 2016

Source: Christine Wolff, Ithaka S+R, April 3, 2017

The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians’ visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in leading their organizations.

In fall 2016, we invited library deans and directors at not-for-profit four-year academic institutions across the United States to complete the survey, and we received 722 responses for a response rate of 49 percent.

Results from the Library Survey reinforce the distinct differences in academic library leaders’ strategic direction and priorities by institution type, as perceptions differ notably across Carnegie classifications. There are also a number of areas in which library leaders differ based on the number of years they have been in their positions – namely, in the challenges that they identify facing and in their perceptions of the role of the library as a starting point for research – and these differences have been highlighted in this report….


Source: Libraries 4 Black Lives, 2016

Recent events have highlighted the undeniable travesty of systemic racism in America. This “call to action” unifies library efforts and demonstrates our unequivocal professional commitment to social justice and equity. We publicly affirm our support for the Movement for Black Lives and we commit to deepening racial equity work in our institutions and communities. Join the call for #FreedomNow. Help define the role libraries can play.

When the Nation is in Crisis: Libraries Respond

Source: Bibi Alajmi, Library Management , (2016) Vol. 37 Iss: 8/9, 2016

From the abstract:
Purpose: This research aims to shed light on the role of libraries as community institutions by reflecting on the experience of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL), Missouri, USA, during the time of social unrest in the summer of 2014. The research explores the traditional and non-traditional roles of libraries during times of social unrest while focusing on relevant areas of crisis management preparedness and competencies necessary during crisis.

Design/methodology/approach: The study adopts a qualitative approach in investigating the research problem and uses the case study method to collect relevant data

Findings: This paper reports on the experience of the FMPL staff during this time. Their experience of what happened, how they dealt with it, and what their expectations were after the crisis are all documented

Research limitations/implications – Practical implications – Originality/value: Several scholars have studied how public libraries respond to disasters, yet little is known about whether public libraries proactively engage in community-wide disaster planning, and if so, what is the nature of those partnerships.

Beyond Books: Public Libraries As Partners For Population Health

Source: Anna U. Morgan, Roxanne Dupuis, Bernadette D’Alonzo, Andria Johnson, Amy Graves, Kiahana L. Brooks, Autumn McClintock, Heather Klusaritz, Hillary Bogner, Judith A. Long, David Grande and Carolyn C. Cannuscio, Health Affairs, Vol. 35 no. 11, November 2016
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From the abstract:
Public libraries are not usually included in discussions about improving population health. They are, however, well positioned to be partners in building a culture of health through programming that addresses the social determinants of health. The Healthy Library Initiative, a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia (the public library system that serves the city), has undertaken such efforts in Philadelphia. In this article we report findings from an assessment of how ten highly subscribed programs address the social determinants of health, as well as results of interviews with community residents and library staff. Of the 5.8 million in-person Free Library visits in 2015, 500,000 included attendance at specialized programs that addressed multiple health determinants, such as housing and literacy. Library staff provided intensive support to vulnerable populations including homeless people, people with mental illness and substance use, recent immigrants, and children and families suffering from trauma. We found that public libraries are trusted institutions that have broad population reach and untapped potential to improve population health.