To Weed or Not to Weed

When we think about collection development, we tend to focus on the “fun” part – purchasing new books. We spend hours poring over catalogs and bestseller lists, reading reviews and ...

CURATION Smorgasbord!!!

CURATE, when used as a verb, implies action: “To take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit). To pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music ...

Getting the Best Out of Your Staff Training Events

Too often, libraries don’t have time to come together for group training. In an age when both schedules and budgets are tight, getting everyone together for staff development can be ...

Community Spotlight

Introducing Robot Test Kitchen

Robot Test Kitchen started out as a project with ILEAD-USA, an IMLS ...

You are the Captain of your Career Ship

  Careers aren’t as linear as they used to be. We have ...

Collection Development: Not For the Faint of Math

When I tell folks I am a librarian with 15 years of ...

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  Have you heard?  There’s a new app in town for eligible patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).  It’s called the Braille and Audio Reading Download app or the BARD app for short.  It is accessible via iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as well as the web and […]

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Build It Cheap

A few summers ago, a professor emeritus came to the Library to ask if we had space for a class he wanted to teach with several other faculty. The class was called “Your Idea, Your Invention,” and his hope was to launch a multidisciplinary core undergraduate class that would teach basic principles of invention (or […]

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The gift of reflection and the opportunity of failure

Reflection is such a common concept in management and leadership, yet one that few of us practice regularly. Celebrate the successes! Celebrate the wins! Success builds success! We hear those all of the time.  But how to find time for it and actually do it? Is it really that important?  (and what about the not-successes, […]

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Let’s Do This, 2015!

Are you a planner? I am, and every December I go back through my calendar* and goals and to-do lists and decide: was this a good year? Did I do everything I wanted to do? And, if not… why? That last question is always a tough one to answer, because almost always, there’s only one […]

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff…Sort of

As professionals in the field of Librarianship we all know that the past few years have been more challenging for most of us than any other time in recent history. We are constantly asked to do more with less in an effort to prove our existence is relevant, important and dare we say, necessary.  We […]

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Continuing Education For My Fellow Penny Pinchers

That old adage “You get what you pay for” doesn’t apply when it comes to library continuing education. If you know where to look it’s easy to find training and development opportunities that are inexpensive and often free. Yes, FREE!  From one-hour webinars to all-day workshops to library conferences, there is a low-cost or no-cost […]

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How Will They Learn If We Don’t Teach?

We all had our visions of what working in a library would be like. I worked for a bookstore for a number of years, and so I imagined it would be much the same, except that people would be allowed, encouraged even, to return the books they read.  I entertained grandiose notions of literary salons […]

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Perspectives on Organization: Dropping Dewey for a Few Words

We are in the midst of a HUGE Dewey debacle in school library media centers! More and more, school library media specialists are considering the benefits and the damages associated with ditching Dewey and moving to a genre-based organization of their collections. I taught in the P-12 school media centers for nearly 30 years and […]

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Three Reasons You Should Be Learning With Lynda

It’s free! (But just for you) As an active member of GLEAN you can request access to, one of the world’s most popular e-learning websites with over 3,000 video courses, and new courses being added every single week. And you know what’s better than having access to thousands of courses? Getting it for free […]

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Google, My Google

Google, my Google. My dad always told me growing up that “you learn something new every day”—well, as I’ve grown older I definitely believe that to be true.  I think quite a few of you have heard our experience with the Google boxes, the issues and the resolutions to those issues.  We no longer panic […]

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