Election Day for Public Libraries

Tuesday is Election Day throughout the United States, and while we won’t be electing a new president this time, there are still a number of important reasons to go out and vote.

Now why are you seeing this on a library blog? The answer is simple, dear reader…in a number of states and municipalities, there are referendums on the ballot that directly affect public libraries. Without the support of taxpayers, libraries and more importantly, library services and budgets will continue to be cut.

No matter what the naysayers say, libraries still matter. If you need ammunition to prove the point, look no further than these excellent essays found (ironically) on the internet which some argue has killed the point of the point of the public library. Nay nay, as the late comedian John Pinette might have said.

Jonathan Zitrain, says in his essay, that libraries “…provide unfettered access to knowledge, and link authors and readers in new ways” Nearly two years ago, a Forbes magazine contributor offered this essay which dealt with the need for public libraries not just as community centers, which they are increasingly becoming, but also offered some advice on how libraries and publishers could come to some agreement over what has long been a difficult relationship.

Which brings us, of course, to the inevitable discussion of public library budgets. Referendums exists in at least six states directly affecting libraries and library budgets. In the interest of civic mindedness, here’s a partial listing culled from articles I found on different library referendums:

In Ohio, there are several referendums on ballots, you can learn more about them here and here.  In South Carolina, Charleston County has a big referendum that, if passed, would see a huge increase in library services. You can read more about it here.   In Maine, at least two municipalities have referendums on the ballot. Read more about them here. In Pennsylvania, voters are also being asked to approve more funding for libraries. Read about it here. Finally, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, voters are being asked to consider a bond that would aid libraries. Read all about it here.

This listing of referendums is not exhaustive, rather it is a quick look at the issue and a plea to our readers to fully read and consider the ballots in front of them when you go to vote on Tuesday. Often, library referendum supporters do not have the money or political clout to pay for expensive public campaigns on television and radio, or make robocalls asking for support…and really, who wants more of that anyway? Not me.

So really, today’s blog is all about reading your ballot fully and remembering that some bond and tax increases do help the community as a whole…because that’s what libraries do. The internet, as fabulous as it is, can never replace the community library where real people exist who live and breathe in your neighborhoods and who have librarians who understand the unique needs of the members of your community and who make choices with their limited budgets to buy the books and magazine subscriptions they know people in your community will need and enjoy.

Public libraries today provide a number of resources: access to the internet to those who might not have it, books (of course) and magazines, many of which are special interest and not necessarily cost effective as personal subscriptions. Public libraries provide a vital resource in allowing access to the community for all these things and more. Yes, the internet is a vast landscape of information…but public libraries also have a secret weapon to help one navigate all this information: internets, books, magazines, you name it. What is that secret weapon…well, it’s really a “who” and that who is the public librarian.

Vote on Tuesday. Read the whole ballot. Support your public library because it supports you.

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School Librarian: Best Job in the Building!

If you are lucky enough to be a school librarian, you already know a little secret: it’s the best job on school grounds! Where else can you maximize student interaction, engage student learning, and become one of the most influential adults in the building but in the school library? Mia MacMeekin knows it, and on her blog has created the most wonderful infographic on what school librarians do. She counted 27 things…can you think of more? Do you really want to add more?   Ha!

So congrats to you, school librarian!

As the school year begins a refresh, a reboot if you will, of the school building often occurs. Floors are buffed, walls painted, classrooms are reconfigured.

Have you considered rearranging or repurposing library space to make it more attractive to students? While every school district’s budget can’t absorb the costs of completing renovating its libraries, perhaps a look at what some schools have done may inspire you to change things up even a little bit. In Los Angeles, a school library in Watts has undergone a full blown transformation, while other schools just spruce up the décor a little bit.

Doug Johnson, on his Blue Skunk blog has done some thinking on just what types of spaces a school library needs, his comprehensive list may be a good place for you to start.

Pinterest and Google Images may also provide you with some good ideas for decor. Hint: we used the words “school library design” and “school library décor” as a search starting point, but you’re a pro…and may think of something better.   Here are two of our favorites:

 

Point young readers to new lands!

Point young readers to new lands!

 

Sometimes kids need to know that reading is as fun as watching a video!

Sometimes kids need to know that reading is as fun as watching a video!

If you come up with something cool, send us a pic. We’ll tweet it and share the love!

Finding books and magazines kids will read…and finding ways to entice them to read that material…that’s getitng down to the

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Manage School and Public Library Subscriptions

A professional school library subscription agent or public library periodicals vendor will offer customers a user-friendly account management tool.

If you are looking for an easy way to streamline the process of your serials management, you will want to know about our exclusive web-based tool, CoxNet. All WT cox customers receive CoxNet free of charge. Touted in the industry as the most user-friendly tool available, CoxNet is suitable for managing a small school library collection or numerous public library locations with multi-million dollar collections — CoxNet is the ideal solution for your library.

public library subscription serviceCoxNet provides up to the minute real-time data and access to our database of over 265,000 print and electronic titles. CoxNet offers quick and easy check-in abilities — including titles that you do not order through WT Cox. It even provides the flexibility to add special issues, change date of receipt and alter expected dates as well as quick easy claims directly from the title page.

CoxNet provides standard and customizable reports, allowing you to analyze and evaluate your collection. It offers the flexibility to utilize Integrated Library System (ILS) as well as an interactive title notification system, direct access to Library of Congress records, the ability to search by Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) and by LC subject classification codes and more.

Because our goal is to help you manage your school and public library subscriptions we keep the process simple, CoxNet training is available through custom online sessions, training videos and personalized onsite visits with our team. We want to be sure that you are getting the most out of CoxNet and always welcome your questions, suggestions and feedback.

If you want to take a closer look at the features of CoxNet as well as a brief overview of our services and philosophies, sign-up for our free monthly webinar or contact WT Cox for a quick demo. Webinars are formatted specifically for each type of library that we service — School libraries, Public libraries or Academic libraries. If you are short on time or unable to make the scheduled session, you can request a pre-recorded version to view at your leisure. You can also request a one-on-one meeting by filling out our Contact Form or by calling us toll free at (800) 571-9554.

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Your Users Can Have Access to Over 3 Million E-Book Titles and More!

You’re probably already familiar with digital formats (aka electronic versions) of publications called e-books or digital e-books. No longer does library inventory consist of only printed publications, periodicals and videos, now many patrons are requesting eBooks.

ebook subscription servicesThe majority of e-books are designed to be used on dedicated eBook readers such as Nook, Kindle, Kobo, etc., but nearly any electronic device including desktop computers, laptops, iPads and smart phones can also be used. The advantage of ebooks is that they are easy, on-the-go reading material that can go anywhere with you. The challenge for the library is finding an e-book subscription service that will provide a large variety of eBook choices for an affordable price.

WT Cox can help fill that need by providing your library with access to over 3 million eBooks with unlimited downloads and no restrictions. We offer the world’s largest, most accessible and affordable collection of research-oriented eBooks, eDocuments and MP3 audio books. Over 50,000 new titles are added monthly. Subjects include classic literature, medical and science titles, digitized textbooks, educational videos, government documents and more. The eBook collection is perfect for school, public and academic libraries. WT Cox offers a free trial to World eBook Library so you can try this affordable e-book collection.

ebook subscription servicesWT Cox is known industry-wide for our superior level of service and we are committed to providing these additional e-resources. Libraries have relied on WT Cox for quick, efficient, and accurate service for nearly 40 years. You can trust us to assist with all of your e-content needs.

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Sample Digital Issues of School Library Subscriptions

As a busy librarian we know how daunting searching through school library subscriptions can be. You want all the best publications for your school but do you really have enough time to drill down through all the titles?

In order to help you make your selections we have free Digital Sample Issues on our site. Following are a small sample of titles available for the youth in your school. These subscriptions are based on the age and grade of students.

 

school library subscriptions for youth 6 mos to 3 yrsBabybug – Age 6 months – 3 years

The brightly illustrated stories and simple poems are perfect for parents and grandparents to read aloud, while the extra-heavy pages, non-toxic ink, rounded corners, and staple-free binding make Babybug safe for little ones to explore all on their own. A “Guide for Caregivers” on the last page of each issue features tips and ideas from a child development expert.

 

school library subscriptions for youth in grades 1 and 2Click – Grades 1-2

Just right for inquisitive young children, each issue of CLICK is a journey of discovery about the world around them, one exciting topic at a time, sparking a lifelong love of reading and learning about nature, the sciences, and the arts.

 

school library subscriptions  for grades 3-5Ask – Grades 3-5

Each themed issue of Ask invites newly independent readers to explore the world of science and ideas with topics that really appeal to kids: What makes wind? Where do colors come from? Were pirates real?  Filled with lively, well-written articles, vivid graphics, activities, cartoons, and plenty of humor, Ask is science kids demand to read!

 

school library subscriptions for Grades 5-9Calliope – Grades 5-9

Each issue of Calliope is an adventure that brings children face to face with history-makers in places and cultures from around the world and throughout time. Readers explore the provocative issues that shaped our world and follow the lives of the people who changed world history.

 

Grades 9-12 school library subscriptionsCicada – Grades 9-12

CICADA is the literary magazine for teenagers who appreciate terrific writing. No other magazine confronts the joys and absurdities of growing up like this magazine does. Exceptional stories and poems written by established adult writers and teens themselves explore the issues that today’s young adults find most important.
If you’re interested in seeing more sample issues of the topics of school library subscriptions that we carry, follow the heading of Library Tools on our website. At WT Cox Information Services we are available to speak with you about any questions or concerns you may have. We can be reached toll free at 800-571-9554 at your convenience.

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