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Maine Libraries: A History Of Sharing And Collaboration, James Jackson Sanborn, David Nutty Jan 2013

Maine Libraries: A History Of Sharing And Collaboration, James Jackson Sanborn, David Nutty

Maine Policy Review

The high degree of collaboration among all types of Maine libraries is a unique and defining characteristic of the Maine library community. This article explores the history of sharing and cooperation among Maine’s libraries, identifies several ongoing collaborations and current projects, and explores some of the underlying factors that support this culture of collaboration. An argument is made for policies that would further collaboration through better coordination and funding of cooperative library activities.


A Shared Approach To Managing Legacy Print Collections In Maine, Matthew Revitt Jan 2013

A Shared Approach To Managing Legacy Print Collections In Maine, Matthew Revitt

Maine Policy Review

The Maine Shared Collections Strategy is a collaborative library project seeking to create a model for the long-term preservation and management of legacy print collections.


Libraries In The Community: Changing Opportunities, Stephanie Zurinski, Valerie Osborne, Mamie Anthoine-Ney, Janet Mckenney Jan 2013

Libraries In The Community: Changing Opportunities, Stephanie Zurinski, Valerie Osborne, Mamie Anthoine-Ney, Janet Mckenney

Maine Policy Review

When libraries first began, books were scarce and expensive. We live now in the Information Age. Public expectations about information are rapidly evolving. To remain relevant, libraries are expanding on sociologist Ray Oldenburg’s “Third Place” concept – public spaces which are “anchors of community life and important places for civic engagement”. Libraries have always offered a place for the community to come together. Now, libraries are becoming destinations by offering experiences ranging from the traditional story-telling to creation spaces and business incubators. Even with all the changes occurring in the world, libraries will remain the glue that holds the community ...


Public Libraries And The Immigrant Community, Steve Podgajny Jan 2013

Public Libraries And The Immigrant Community, Steve Podgajny

Maine Policy Review

This short article describes programs and services to the immigrant community by Maine libraries.


When Disasters Strike: An Interview By Linda Silka With Joyce Rumery And Tom Abbott, Joyce Rumery, Thomas Abbott, Linda Silka Jan 2013

When Disasters Strike: An Interview By Linda Silka With Joyce Rumery And Tom Abbott, Joyce Rumery, Thomas Abbott, Linda Silka

Maine Policy Review

Joyce Rumery and Tom Abbott in this interview with Linda Silka describe their experiences when they helped libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and how Maine libraries might prepare for disasters.


Are Libraries Necessary? Are Libraries Obsolete?, Linda Silka, Joyce Rumery Jan 2013

Are Libraries Necessary? Are Libraries Obsolete?, Linda Silka, Joyce Rumery

Maine Policy Review

Libraries are under siege. They face competing demands not only from different people but also from the same people at different times. Some assert that libraries must continue to strengthen their role as physical centers at the heart of their communities. Others argue that the future of libraries is at the leading edge of the revolution in digital information technologies. The authors introduce this special issue of Maine Policy Review on libraries and information. They provide an overview of the importance and complexity of the issues underlying these varying visions for how Maine libraries should serve their communities in the ...


Maine Library History, Melora Norman Jan 2013

Maine Library History, Melora Norman

Maine Policy Review

From the earliest small private and university libraries of the 1700s to today’s high-speed Internet-connected institutions, the history of Maine’s libraries mirrors the development of the state and provides a sense of the concerns people had for access to information and education. Melora Norman describes the development of various kinds of libraries in Maine and the opportunities and challenges they have faced over time. She notes that the 20th century was a time of increasing professionalization and standardization in Maine’s libraries. During the late 1990s through the present, libraries have been changing dramatically as they shift from ...


The Maine School And Library Network, Thomas L. Welch Jan 2013

The Maine School And Library Network, Thomas L. Welch

Maine Policy Review

Although Maine is a rural state, it has had success in keeping pace with technological changes since the rise of the Internet 20 years ago. In this section, authors describe some of these successes and the challenges faced by both consumers and libraries in the new digital environment. Tom Welch describes the development and importance of the Maine School and Library Network [MSLN], a pioneering effort that has brought inexpensive high-speed connectivity to all schools and libraries in Maine.


Maine’S Btop Information Commons Project: The Building Block To Statewide Digital Literacy Efforts, Janet Mckenney Jan 2013

Maine’S Btop Information Commons Project: The Building Block To Statewide Digital Literacy Efforts, Janet Mckenney

Maine Policy Review

Although Maine is a rural state, it has had success in keeping pace with technological changes since the rise of the Internet 20 years ago. In this section, authors describe some of these successes and the challenges faced by both consumers and libraries in the new digital environment. Janet McKenney discusses the recent BTOP [Broadband Technology Opportunities Program] federal grant that has increased the number of computers, workstations, and videoconferencing units in Maine libraries and is providing training and online learning resources to unemployed, low-income and senior citizens, along with assistance to local librarians to increase their technology skills.


Libraries + Irw = Big Read Success!, Jan Coates Jan 2013

Libraries + Irw = Big Read Success!, Jan Coates

Maine Policy Review

Jan Coates presents a case study of how Island Readers and Writers collaborated with local libraries in the Mt. Desert Island (Maine) area to encourage reading and community engagement through two "Big Read” events.


Digital Literacy And Public Policy Through The Library Lens, Marijke Visser Jan 2013

Digital Literacy And Public Policy Through The Library Lens, Marijke Visser

Maine Policy Review

Virtually every aspect of our lives now has a digital dimension. Our first interaction with an employer is online; our education occurs online; we collaborate online with colleagues in different countries in real-time; and we keep in touch with friends and family online. It is essential that everyone has the skills necessary to be part of this digital reality. Libraries play a pivotal role in supporting the development of digital literacy skills of their patrons and are a key partner in digital literacy activities in communities across the county.


Good Libraries Make Good Citizens, Charles Stanhope Jan 2013

Good Libraries Make Good Citizens, Charles Stanhope

Maine Policy Review

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Libraries And Book Publishers, Maureen Sullivan Jan 2013

Libraries And Book Publishers, Maureen Sullivan

Maine Policy Review

Although Maine is a rural state, it has had success in keeping pace with technological changes since the rise of the Internet 20 years ago. In this section, authors describe some of these successes and the challenges faced by both consumers and libraries in the new digital environment. New technologies and new forms of digital media pose challenges both for publishers and libraries, as discussed by Tom Allen and Maureen Sullivan in their articles on e-books. Allen presents the publisher’s perspective on this potentially disruptive technology, while Sullivan examines the issue from the perspective of libraries and their historic ...


Family Place Libraries™, Deanna Gouzie Jan 2013

Family Place Libraries™, Deanna Gouzie

Maine Policy Review

This article discusses Family Place Libraries™ which are part of a national initiative that has redefined library service to children by expanding the traditional role of the library and recognizing that libraries play a crucial role in helping to build healthy families and community.


Libraries And The First Amendment, Melora Norman Jan 2013

Libraries And The First Amendment, Melora Norman

Maine Policy Review

Melora Norman reviews the history and challenges faced by libraries in dealing with citizen first amendment rights to freedom of speech, freedom to receive information, and privacy.