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Tips from a Business Librarian: Are Professional Associations Worth Your Time?

When your business is brand new — or still in the planning stages — and the money is running out, why would you think of joining an association? Shouldn’t that wait until you are bigger and more established?

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Useful Hacks for Making the Library Your “Home” Office

We all know that libraries are typically quiet and peaceful places, home to millions of books for readers of all ages. But over the past two decades, these sanctuaries have been used for much more than just perusing through volumes of publications. With the rapid increase of the gig economy, many freelancers on a tight budget have discovered the library to the be their “secret” office space to focus and get work done.

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Need a Clean, Well-Lighted Place with Free Wifi? Try the Library

If your idea of a public library includes dusty shelves and people getting shushed, you might be overdue for a visit to your local branch.

Libraries are reinventing themselves as vibrant, active community hubs that offer arts and culture programming, workshops, gathering spaces, makerspaces and a variety of materials on loan, including art, outdoor goods and musical instruments.

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A Day in the Life of a Small Business Specialist

When you think of librarians, you might imagine the friendly and hard-working staff who provide readers’ advisory, host programs, and answer reference questions at your local library. These staff members are tasked with the important work of providing for their particular community and they do it well.

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How to Work out of a Library (No Matter What Size Town You’re In)

Whether your local library is in the heart of a big city or nestled in a small town, it is likely a great place to get some work done.

Libraries are open to all, they come equipped with wifi and business amenities that freelancers, independent professionals and entrepreneurs need, and they provide a quiet place to focus.

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The Brilliant Role Libraries Play in Supporting Entrepreneurs

Dear budding entrepreneur:

Your local library is one of the most powerful tools you have to launch a successful business. As EveryLibrary writes, “Librarians can serve as an extension of your staff and will help you harness the power of these resources to grow your business.”

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Libraries: an Extension of Your Start-up

Businesses at every stage — from ideation to launch to scale — can benefit from the resources at the public library and the expertise of librarians. Libraries give companies access to data, market research, testing and opportunities to scale. Librarians also have an extensive knowledge base to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

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9 Great Reasons to Office at the Library While on Vacation (Even When You Don’t Want To)

So you’re going on vacation. But you may need to steal away to check your email, take a call, or get some work done.

Don’t beat yourself up too much — it happens. Instead, head to the local library where you can get some heads-down work done and get back to the vacation as soon as possible. Here are nine reasons to work at the library while on vacation, even if you’d rather be poolside.

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A Librarian’s Advice to Expand Your Non-Fiction Reading

Recommending books (or readers’ advisory, as its called in the trade) is one of the most useful skills librarians bring to the readers. To understand the “appeals” of a wide variety of books, quickly assess people’s tastes, and “book talk”, or pitch, selections with no prep are just a few of your everyday librarian’s hidden talents.

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Your Library: We’ve Got Game

We’ve all gone to the library to get a book, but have you gone to play a video game? Gaming has cemented itself in our culture as a popular pastime and creative outlet, with games providing a window into an interactive world full of colorful stories, engaging challenges, puzzling problems, and even learning opportunities! Just like you find entertainment, education, or escapism in a book, picking up a controller and starting a game on your own — or in a group — can transport you to another world.

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