E-books: Amazon vs. OverDrive

Last year I received my first e-book reader, a Kindle Fire, as a birthday gift. I had long promised myself that I would never own an e-reader. I have nothing ...

In Your Dreams

What do you do when your dreams come true? Since my last blog post, I have become an “accidental librarian”. For those not familiar with the term, an accidental librarian ...

What Makes a Super Hero?

I am excited tonight, even though it is a rainy night in Georgia! I have the distinct opportunity this week to participate in the Media Specialist Task Force for the ...

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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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On the Radio and Other Audio

For me, this week is all about audio. I’m doing phone and in-studio interviews at WREK Atlanta along with a ton of editing; Lost in the Stacks this week is all about preserving college radio recordings; I’m running a podcasting workshop tonight; Circulating Ideas is in the last couple days of its Kickstarter campaign to […]

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The Expanding World of 3-D Printing

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am fascinated by—nay, in love with, the concept of 3-D printing technology.  My first exposure to the world of 3-D printing was last year at a Tech Boot Camp sponsored by the Georgia Public Library Service where I had the opportunity to watch a Maker Bot create several […]

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The Incredible Fullness of Library Holidays

A lot of people don’t understand what I mean by the term “library holidays,” but I promise that you know what I’m talking about. These are the special initiatives that different library advocacy and professional groups come up with each year in order to raise awareness or provide a spotlight on specific kinds of services. […]

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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 much to do and not a lot of time in which to do it, and in the crush of all that I am currently involved […]

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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 these are really simple (Snaggy, a screencapture editing tool) and some are more complex (Audacity, an audio editor) but all of are useful! Teaching & […]

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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 provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because […]

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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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