Library Blogs to Follow

While looking for inspiration for my GLEAN post this month I started perusing the interwebs for what other interesting tidbits fellow library bloggers were writing about. As always there is ...

Grab bag: A few of my favorite (tech) things

  Last month, I focused on different methods to enhance your learning and professional development. This month, I’m just going to share some of my favorite tech tools. Some of ...

Letting Your library Speak for You – Part 3

“A great library doesn’t have to be big or beautiful. It doesn’t have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library ...

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Continuing Education Resolutions for 2015!

I spend a lot of my professional life touting the benefits of ...

Letting Your Library Speak for You (Part 1)

One of the most magical characteristics of a library is the stories ...

Warm Thoughts from HICE

So, I just attended and presented at the Hawaii International Conference On ...

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Lost in [Cyber] Space…

It has been said that our opinions of others are formed within the first few seconds of meeting them. For example, take librarians… I look at one dressed in their interesting clothing with hair exploding, glasses crooked, and inquisitive eyes and think, hmmm, that must be an academic librarian. I look at another dressed in […]

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A Lean, Mean Conference Machine

I almost titled this entry “Why I Am Not Going To ACRL This Year” but then I realized that my point was not that I wasn’t going to ACRL despite having enjoyed several ACRLs in the past and wanting an excuse to go to Portland, and I have no beef with ACRL that would last for […]

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With a little help from our friends: Facebook boosts in public libraries

It’s a terrible feeling when no one shows up to your programs. After you’ve put in tons of hours of time and effort, bought supplies, set up the room, and opened the doors only to find no one there. It happens to most people every now and then. Most recently, it happened at our first […]

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How Do We Turn All Library Lovers Into Library Users?

I recently came across a quote from a blog post by the Annoyed Librarian in Library Journal that gave me pause and made me stop and think for a second. “What people like about libraries is all the stuff they think libraries do, like providing books and educational opportunities and stuff like that. Even if […]

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Building a Personal Learning Network – 10 resources to add to your professional development toolbox

There is a wealth of resources to learn and grow professionally. In addition to GLEAN’s offerings which Julia summarized so nicely in an earlier post, there are a many resources and opportunities to expand your knowledge. Next month, I’ll focus on tools to organize learning and actually build your personal learning network (PLN). For now, let’s […]

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Letting Your Library Speak for You – Part 2

We all want our libraries to draw people in. We want to develop friendly, inviting atmospheres that encourage conversation, but the ultimate goal is to recommend books and drive circulation. Some days it’s easy to put the right book in each patron’s hands; on other days, it’s all you can do say hello, much less […]

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In the Eyes of the Children…

I LOVE working with the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl! What’s that, the HRRB, you say? The HRRB is, simply, confirmation that many, many students in Georgia P-12 schools love to read. They love to read to the point of passion, commitment, and COMPETITION! A dream began in 1985 when Mrs. Helen Ruffin served on the […]

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Is it a Library if it has no books?

By now we’ve probably all heard of Florida Polytechnic University’s Bookless Library. Florida State University’s latest campus hopes to form part of a new Silicon Valley East between Tampa and Orlando by producing a new generation of highly educated STEM graduates. Part of the plan is to immerse students in an environment laden with the […]

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Not Everyone Thinks Well Of Us

I have been enjoying a professional renaissance for the past couple years, finding new joy in libraries and my identity as a librarian. Certainly, I had to get real low before I could be lifted up but the rise has been lovely. In a recession, libraries are especially valued. The materiality of our collections are […]

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Look and Feel: A Picture Says It All

I work in a large, far-flung regional public library system, but if there is one thing that almost every employee knows about me is that I hate clip-art. I hate it with the heat of a dying star. I hate it with the intensity of a black hole. It brings back my old stress eye […]

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