Content taken from Ohio Library Council's orientation website with permission.
Organizing information for library users is what libraries are all about. The following pages help you explore the way libraries are organized. What you learn can help you survive your first few days as a new library employee!
As a new employee, you've probably already let go of that great fantasy about libraries as quiet, stress-free places where you read books all day. The fantasy is gone, but the reality can be great - days that are challenging, interesting, entertaining, ever changing, and rewarding.
This orientation website is designed to provide new employees with information about working in a public library setting. You will learn by working with the material in this program, by exploring sites on the Internet, and by talking to your library staff. Why involve other library staff? Because they know everything about surviving life in a public library.
More than half of Americans visit libraries! Results of a Pew Internet & American Life survey "challenge the assumption that libraries are losing relevance in the internet age. Libraries drew visits by more than half of Americans (53%) in the past year for all kinds of purposes, not just the problems mentioned in this survey."
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How to Serve the World @ your library is a new ALA report about library services and programs for non-English speakers, including effectiveness of services, barriers to library use, most frequently used services and most successful programs by language served.