The Printed Book Is Alive

Steve Axtman of the North Dakota State Library in Bismarck reecently published an article entitled “Paper Isn’t Dead.” All those people who say that they love the feel of a printed book are telling us something.  The key is to have the right balance between the printed book and the e-book available to the library…
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Teachers And The Library: Survey Results

We recently conducted an on-line survey with the teachers in the Jamestown school district and Stutsman County school districts Kensal, Medina, Montpelier, and Pingree-Buchanan. We reached out to them for information that can assist the library board and staff in fulfilling their obligation to the kids and the teachers in the county. The statistical results…
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James River Valley And St. Paul Library Plans

I recently had the opportunity to spend time with Kit Hadley, the St. Paul Library Director. We shared library plans for the future and discussed the role of the library in the community. On the surface, Jamestown and St. Paul are very different. St. Paul’s diverse population is 285,068 according to the 2010 census. Jamestown…
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Essential Elements And How Do We Make This Happen, Part II

According to library director, Joe Rector, there are three essential elements that will be incorporated into the new library. 1) Expanded space for children’s programming: It is vital that our library attract children to new materials and technologies, encouraging them to become lifelong learners grounded in the past but firmly focused upon the future. 2) Access…
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How Do We Make This Happen? Part 1

In the last few months we have learned a lot about what it takes to build a new library. First it takes a need. In 2008, Jamestown and Stutsman County voters realized the need for a new library and 72.5% said yes to combining the Alfred Dickey Library and the Stutsman County Library. That’s 6,672…
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