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Pennsylvania Office Wraps Up Successful 15-Month Showcase of Employee Art

A collection of four artworks are cropped and arranged side-by-side including a photo of a 'book' titled "NEEDFULS", a lake, portraits of a man, and a brown-etched plate of houses.

Last month marked the end of an ongoing internal exhibition of employee art and writing. What began as a team-building exercise in our Digitization department back in January of 2022 grew into a 60 submission, year and a half long showcase of talent among our staff. “Originally, I expected it to last maybe a month […]

Funding Comes Around: How Some Libraries Overcome Limitations in Budgets

Several fifty dollar bills are dropped into a mason jar, filled with coins, with a chalkboard sign depicting a book around the jar's collar.

National Library Week 2023’s theme is “There’s More to the Story,” and the depth of that statement goes further than many patrons realize. Among a host of other services, libraries help members of their communities find jobs, connect with loved ones, put food on the table, educate seniors on new technology, give refuge during rough […]

Making Service Partners Worth Your While

“What is the value of working with a vendor?” We have been asked this before, and it’s a great question to take a step back and understand how service partners like Backstage fit into technical service processing at a college, university, public, or corporate library. To answer the question, I think it’s important to first […]

Backstage Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Some may know that our story began in 1986 as Retro Link Associates (RLA), which soon became a division of Dynix Corp, specializing in retrospective conversion and, later, generalized metadata services. With the push towards digital ILS and bibliographic records, libraries needed a quick and reliable solution for uploading their card catalog. A very effective […]

2022 Reading Challenges to Keep You Inspired

Enjoy the last of three interest papers this month, this one focusing on popular reading challenges for 2022. These challenges are great motivators to get people reading and they can create a sense of community amongst readers working towards a common goal. We also take some time to shout-out ways our local libraries work hard […]

The ALA Youth Media Awards

The ALA Youth Media Awards (YMAs) have been a mainstay of the ALA Midwinter Meeting for decades. Committees have gathered to discuss and vote, and awards have traditionally been announced on the conference’s Monday morning. As the association planned the change from Midwinter to this year’s inaugural LibLearnX production, the awards ranked high among the […]

Tabletop Roleplay in the Library Setting

Enjoy the first of three interest papers this month, this on a topic that’s near and dear to several of us at Backstage. D&D is an amazing modern outlet for creativity and problem solving. Players frequently walk away from a session with new friends. While there are different rules and settings available for tabletop gamers, […]

Jolabokaflod, A Holiday Celebration for the Book Lovers

“Thanks to the Jolabokaflod, books still matter in Iceland; they get read and talked about. Excitement fills the air. Every reading is crowded; every print run is sold.” – Hallgrimur Helgason Leaving cookies out for Santa, picking out the perfect tree, and Elf on a Shelf are all beloved holiday traditions we’re familiar with here […]

Backstage supports Controlled Digital Lending and Distance Learning

The impact of COVID-19 has caused many students and researchers to rely on distanced learning. How do you make materials available in an distanced environment when, frequently, in-person access is no longer reliable or even possible? To help with this issue, Backstage Library Works is now offering a new digitization on-demand service to support a […]

Questions To Ask When Selecting a Vendor Partner

In the current climate, working to complete everything from daily tasks to special projects is more difficult than ever before. You may be working remotely and unsure of when you will get access to your physical collections. You may also have realized your records are not as complete as you would like and that’s creating […]

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