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Pew Report About Lifelong Learning

A new Pew Research Center survey shows the extent to which America is a nation of ongoing learners:

  • 73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.
  • 74% of adults are what we call personal learners– that is, they have participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.
  • 63% of those who are working (or 36% of all adults) are what we call professional learners – that is, they have taken a course or gotten additional training in the past 12 months to improve their job skills or expertise connected to career advancement.

For more information, including the full report and the survey template, please see



ANOTHER Must-Read Article About Libraries Today

Thanks, again, to Penni Vogel for sharing!

The Future: Public Libraries as Local Centers For Book Discovery, by David Vinjamuri

“Libraries support three core missions: promoting reading, offering access to information and anchoring communities. Although individual library systems may communicate these priorities differently, most of the librarians I interviewed broadly agreed with these goals. All three missions contribute to make a library of the twenty first century the ideal place to discover new books.”

Library Helps Patrons Get Tech-Savvy

Great article about one of our librarians, Mark Burnett, and how Sno-Isle Libraries add value to our communities!

UW grad students want fewer fee-based programs, tuition rollback | Local News | The Seattle Times

Thank you to Penni Vogel for sharing this concerning article about our professional degree at our closest University.

UW grad students want fewer fee-based programs, tuition rollback | Local News | The Seattle Times.

A Message From Stephen Colbert

A Message From Stephen Colbert

Outside Experts HIRED by the Library???

Does this make sense?  Increase the library’s value or decrease our professional validity?  What do you THINK????

Must Read Article: The Place for Burning Questions, When Something Actually Burns

My burning questions?

  • Why aren’t libraries mentioned here at all?
  • Wouldn’t it be cool if an ad for Sno-Isle Libraries popped up in the sidebar of anyone reading this article in our service area?

Thanks to Penni Vogel for sharing this article.  Please share the burning questions this raises for you!



Must Read Article: New Library of Congress Site

Thank you to Penni Vogel for this must read article on the new Library of Congress site that will be replacing THOMAS.  Please keep this one in mind for more current Washington contact info than what is published in print directories!

Must Read Article: Learn from a Google Guru

Thank you to Penni Vogel for this rundown of Google search tricks and a stumper of a question whether you are an investigative reporter or a librarian!

Tedesco, John. “How to Solve Impossible Problems: Daniel Russell’s Awesome Google Search Techniques.” San Antonio Express-News. Internet. July 17, 2012.

Must Read Article: Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensible in a New Way

May/June issue of American Libraries included this article about embedded librarians.  Our Book A Librarian service is a great success and also showcases our skills and resources.  How can we take it a step further in our own unique community partnerships?    Read on & comment here about how this reinforces your work or changes your perspective on work that you’re currently doing!

Galston C, Huber E, Johnson K, Long A. Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way. American Libraries [serial online]. May 2012;43(5/6):46-50. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 13, 2012.

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