March 17, 2018

A Winning Story: Big Successes, with an Eye To Winds of Change | Editorial

A full 90 percent of all library referenda tracked by political action committee EveryLibrary and LJ passed in 2017. It’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the astounding support that number represents as it encompasses results in both blue and red states, cities large and small.

How to Win at the Ballot Box | Budgets & Funding

The past two years have seen more than 100 U.S. libraries place budget referenda on their local ballots; LJ tracked 54 wins out of 79 measures in 2016 and 31 wins out of 36 in 2017. LJ reached out to several libraries that succeeded with their initiatives in the past decade to find out how they did it.

Flash Briefing | Office Hours

How high is Mount Rainier? That question was one I remember from my reference class “scavenger hunt” assignments way back in my master’s program at Indiana University. It was also one of the first questions I asked our new Amazon Echo during the holidays as I experimented with Alexa as a virtual assistant.

City of Library Love | PLA Preview 2018

Philadelphia welcomes public librarians from across America to the biennial Public Library Association conference.

Found Money | Budgets & Funding

When bequests are managed from donors who have been identified for years, foundations and libraries know that certain funds are coming and why. But occasionally a quiet patron, someone who perhaps hasn’t drawn attention to themselves, can be one of the most generous of benefactors.

Breaking Records at the Polls | Budgets & Funding

Libraries saw unprecedented success in the voting booth in 2017. Can we keep the momentum going?

Holding Pattern | Budgets & Funding

LJ’s 2018 Budget Survey shows overall budgets continuing to increase slightly, but federal funding disputes and new tax laws raise concern.