Special Issue: State Agencies

Special Issue: State Agencies

In this issue of Interface we are highlighting some of the great work done by our state library partners!  Karen Balsen from the New York State Library shares how they are partnering with local libraries to improve early literacy skills. Ryanne Cooper, from the New Mexico State Library, gives us...
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A Message from our President

A Message from our President

Greetings ASCLA! We are inundated daily with election rhetoric during this primary and caucus season.  I am going to ask for your indulgence to encourage you to complete your ALA ballot, your ASCLA ballot in particular.  ASCLA has a slate of dedicated volunteers who have agreed to run for positions this year and further the...
Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Positioning Public Libraries as Early Learning Hubs in Local Communities

Ready to Read at New York Libraries: Positioning Public Libraries as Early Learning Hubs in Local Communities

by Karen Balsen Families in communities large and small across New York State face a multitude of challenges in preparing their children to succeed in the school years ahead.  Public libraries are already serving many of these families. However, to truly serve as centers for early learning, public libraries need staff with the skills, expertise...
Tribal Libraries Program at the New Mexico State Library

Tribal Libraries Program at the New Mexico State Library

By: Ryanne Cooper   The New Mexico State Library serves and supports 18 tribal libraries in New Mexico through its Tribal Libraries Program (TLP). For almost 20 years, the TLP has been providing continuing educational opportunities, funding, leadership, and consulting services to library directors and staff that serve the indigenous Pueblo & Apache tribes of...
State Library Agencies: Serving the Public in Many Ways

State Library Agencies: Serving the Public in Many Ways

by  Eugene Hainer,  Colorado State Library   There is an old adage about State Library agencies; if you’ve seen one, then you’ve seen one. The reason for this is that states have many ways of organizing and providing the services under the broad umbrella term of “State Library” and variations thereof. No two are truly alike....
Downloading for All!  BARD Downloading Centers at New Jersey Public Libraries

Downloading for All! BARD Downloading Centers at New Jersey Public Libraries

By Mary Kearns-Kaplan, Adult Outreach Services Coordinator, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. mkaplan@njstatelib.org   New Jersey is home to over 300 public libraries.  Garden State residents are fortunate to have so many public libraries, many located in the heart of our hundreds of boroughs and municipalities.  The New Jersey State Library Talking...
How the State Library can celebrate the State’s Bicentennial

How the State Library can celebrate the State’s Bicentennial

by Wendy Knapp As a branch (arm, division, bureau, etc.) of state government, state libraries are uniquely poised to be a major player in statewide celebrations such as a Bicentennial.  Indiana turns 200 years old in 2016, and has been planning for the party(ies) for the last 4 years.  As the previous governor was leaving...
Community Engagement Efforts Paying Off in Texas

Community Engagement Efforts Paying Off in Texas

by Jennifer Peters Adolfo Garcia, Library Director at the Pharr Memorial Library in the Rio Grande Valley, TX, credits his training at the Harwood Public Innovators Lab for revitalizing plans for a long-awaited library building in Las Milpas, a former colonia in the south part of Pharr.  Mr. Garcia applied principles from the Harwood Lab...
North Dakota's Summer Reading Celebration

North Dakota’s Summer Reading Celebration

by Mary J. Soucie Each year, the North Dakota State Library partners with the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, the Morton Mandan Public Library, the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and Midcontinent Communications to host a Summer Reading Celebration at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum on the State Capitol grounds. This event...
Autism Awareness and Special Needs Storytime:  Developing a Partnership with Autism Speaks

Autism Awareness and Special Needs Storytime: Developing a Partnership with Autism Speaks

by Sara White, Assistant Branch Manager & Youth Services Librarian Seminole County Public Library (FL) In 2013 I transferred to a new branch in my library system, and inherited the job of hosting a bimonthly Special Needs Storytime. I had never hosted a Special Needs Storytime before, but my library system’s philosophy was that it...
Bridging the Town-Gown Gap: An Academic Library Building Partnerships within its Community

Bridging the Town-Gown Gap: An Academic Library Building Partnerships within its Community

By Molly Allen and Maureen Rust The ability to educate community patrons on university library resources within a college town can become a daunting task, but community and liaison partnerships have made it possible at the James E. Brooks Library at Central Washington University (CWU). As stated in its vision statement, the Brooks Library aspires...
Mary Linda Todd to Retire from the New York State Library

Mary Linda Todd to Retire from the New York State Library

Library Development Specialist Mary Linda Todd is retiring in early April 2016 after more than 15 years of service at the New York State Library. During her tenure at the State Library, Ms. Todd led numerous statewide technology efforts that significantly increased public access computing, broadband connectivity and digital literacy services in all of New...
Highlights from Midwinter: Stephanie Capparell

Highlights from Midwinter: Stephanie Capparell

by Eldon James   Stephanie Capparell, (seated) News Editor at The Wall Street Journal and co-author of the international bestseller, Shackleton’s Way, signs a copy of her book for Michael A. Golrick, ASCLA President-Elect, while Ms. Kathleen Ann Moeller-Peiffer; ASCLA Past President (left) and Rhonda K. Gould ASCLA President; look on. Capparell told the ASCLA Leadership...
Tour Prague and Vienna with ASCLA!

Tour Prague and Vienna with ASCLA!

Join us on an exciting adventure, September 6-13, 2016!   After a successful romp through Scotland, the folks at ASCLA have put together another wonderful trip with a literary flavor.  This fall we will be traveling to Prague and Vienna to experience some old world flavor and the lives and worlds of such luminaries as...