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And Access for All: ADA and Your Library
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Merchandising Strategies
Learn how to merchandize your library's collection and increase circulation and customer satisfaction. Detailed, step-by-step instructions give you the skills you need to create vibrant displays that grab customers' attention. This comes with a manual of tips and instructions. 3 1/2 Stars ~ "Designed to help achieve a professional, consistent…
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Rethinking the Call Number
This training program highlights libraries that have replaced the Dewey Decimal System for customer use. Rethinking the Call Number visits the Maricopa Public Library (AZ) and the Frankfort Public Library (IL) to see how their conversion to a "Dewey-less" library has gone. The results have been pretty dramatic. "Even if…