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LACONI TSS: Database Cleanup and MarcEdit

Join fellow Technical Services staff members for the following event: Want to update your records to RDA? Are databases providing records that stand out like a sore thumb? Do the inconsistences of your metadata haunt you? A library's database is only as good as the metadata contained within and it'...
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Oak Park giving more leadership to technology and collections

During the past year, we've reaffirmed that technology and collections—both physical and digital—are core and essential services and functions of our library. And they require greater attention and leadership than ever. To address these needs, achieve our strategic objectives, and have a more...
Elizabeth Marszalik, Leigh Tarullo, and Kathleen Spale
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Virtual Q & A Event with Kwame Alexander: Roselle Public Library

The Roselle Public Library is honored to host Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander for a virtual Q & A event focusing on his award-winning picture book, The Undefeated ! This event was made possible due to the Healing Illinois grant awarded to the Roselle Public Library from the Illinois...
Picture of author Kwame Alexander with his book The Undefeated
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My Library Is ... Sparks Podcast Episode 32: Gerber/Hart Library & Archives

From the My Library Is ... Blog: RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with representatives from Gerber/Hart Library & Archives about their journey to create an eight-episode podcast on the personal stories of LGBTQ life and history in Chicago. Watch the interview on RAILS Sparks...
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My Library Is ... What Does It Mean to Be a Library Marketer?

From the My Library Is ... Blog: If you hear the term "marketing," does your mind jump to Madison Avenue types like Don Draper? Or do you start thinking about what's on your grocery list? Maybe something in between? Here in Libraryland, the species known as "Ipsum bibliothecarii" (marketing...
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Evanston Public Library Releases 2020 Annual Report

Evanston Public Library has released its 2020 Annual Report, "The World Changed: Evanston Public Library Reimagined." The report, describing a pandemic year like no other we've seen, is available now online in both English and Spanish . ( Comunicado de prensa en español a continuación. ) The annual...
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Fresh Air Ventilation System at Robert W. Rowe Library

It has been shown that HVAC Systems may be an important tool for reducing COVID risk in library buildings. With the safety of our patrons and staff in mind the Robert W. Rowe Public Library District has installed a Fresh Air System on our HVAC System to circulate fresh air throughout the library.