Libraries in pop culture: Unshelved

This is very interesting

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Unshelved is a classic strip-style comic by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes. The strip focuses on Dewey, a teen librarian that works at the Mallville Public Library. Joining Dewey are his fellow staff members (Buddy the Book Beaver is my favourite) and regular library visitors. Unshelved is available online for free, including a daily email that you can subscribe to. Every Sunday the authors publish the Unshelved Book Club, a book review in the form of a comic strip.

Gene and Bill are regulars on the library conference circuit, which probably helps ensure that Unshelved continues to represent the daily experience of librarians! Their Conference Tips series is often published in the daily newsletter COGNotes that is distributed at the ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences.

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Proving our worth: how will you do it?

Certainly this is true to the fact that many times funding to libraries meet stiff competition with other activities especially in academic institutions. It is like refusind OLD men when all SOLDIERS have been wiped out in a war. Information is power and therefore libraries are at the forefront of providing it to the communities.

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Over the last two weeks we’ve looked at different ways you can measure and articulate the value of your library. We’ve talked a bit about statistics and numbers, considered whether we can or should use a return on investment model, and looked at a few ways we can talk to other people about our libraries.

Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague by Daniel Solis. Used under CC-BY.Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague by Daniel Solis. Used under CC-BY.

It’s important to remember that the value of libraries isn’t obvious to everyone. While we are obviously convinced that libraries provide fantastic services and valuable resources to communities, we have to recognise that funders and decision makers often have competing priorities. As individuals, we need to advocate for our libraries and our profession, and we need to do so based on evidence of impact and benefit. We shouldn’t leave this until the moment when someone is threatening…

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