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  ALA has created a plethora of useful Census-related resources.  If you missed ALA’s sold-out webinar “Responding Online to the 2020 Census: What Libraries Need to Know” the recording is now available. I was impressed by the clear way that ALA outlined information...

If you are a librarian interested in privacy awareness and advocacy,  apply to be part of the Library Freedom Institute’s Cohort 3. The deadline is February 10. Learn more and find the application. Library Freedom Institute (LFI) is a FREE, privacy-focused...

Find professional development opportunities in February 2020 by topic or date at WebJunction! Remember to check WebJunction Courses,  WebJunction Webinars and the Compendium for other continuing education opportunities that may interest you. All WebJunction courses and...

Are you interested in improving library access for people with disabilities? As part of an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Lifelong Learning Continuing Education grant, Infopeople, the Califa training arm, is collaborating with Syracuse University and Project ENABLE to offer...

The Public Library Association (PLA) is still accepting applications from public libraries that are interested in participating in the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) through February 3, 2020. PLA’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships...

Michael Lear

      by Michael Lear, Rare Collections Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania Identification of photographs Identifying the type of photograph(s) that you have helps to date an image and can be key to determining the best handling and storage conditions. Some...

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On Wednesday, January 15, the Berks County Public Libraries were honored with an award for innovative programming and outreach in support of the 2020 Census in Berks County. The award was presented at the official opening of the Reading Area Census Office by Berks County Commissioner,...

The 2020 Census will officially begin Jan. 21st, 2020 in the Alaska Native village of Toksook Bay, Alaska, on the Bering Sea! Libraries in Pennsylvania have been preparing for months.  Read how Blasco Library in Erie hosted a Census Ambassador Training! One of the best ways to...

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  Red Land Library Celebrates Gold at ChocolateFest on February 8 ChocolateFest is the signature celebration of Red Land Community Library each February during Love Your Library month. On Saturday, February 8, staff will welcome visitors, friends, and neighbors to the library...

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    Josh Berk, Executive Director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, was on ABC Action News. Watch the story to learn the fate of the forty-year old overdue book, “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus.” ...