Arts Agencies & Library Services Face Defunding (Again)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are facing defunding under the Trump administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. The proposal will also eliminate a substantial amount dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act. (more…)

Private Sector Forms Group to Advocate for Public Libraries in the Face of Budget Cuts

Fair Oaks Library entrance, Photo by Vincent Fazzi, June 2017.

A group of publishers and trade associations formed the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI) to advocate for library funding and support in the face of proposed cuts or elimination of funding for public libraries. Do your part—check out the American Library Association’s awareness campaign now. (more…)

Pew Research: Majority of Americans Value Public Libraries

Folsom Library-CindyFazziPicMost Americans value their public libraries and they would like to see new services, such as help in providing digital literacy for children and senior citizens, according to the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey. (more…)

Should Publishers Partner with Public Libraries in Promoting Books?

Should publishers partner with public libraries in promoting new books?

A marketing expert thinks publishers should partner with public libraries in promoting new books.

Given the diminishing number of bricks-and-mortars bookstores, should publishers partner with public libraries in showcasing new books? A marketing expert thinks it’s a logical and viable option. (more…)

Pew Research: Majority of Millennials Read Books

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe word “millennial” usually conjures up the image of a teenager who’s voluntarily trapped indoors to play video games, watch Netflix, and monitor social media all day long. That impression may be true (I know because I have a teen at home), but results of a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project show that millennials also  read.  (more…)