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It Takes a Village

I recently wrote a grant application (my first one!) for the “Best Small Library in America” award, given out by the Library Journal. As I was listing all the things that made our library great, I realized it was not any one person that made us amazing — it was a team effort. Each of […]

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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 is someone without a Masters degree who is hired as a frontline librarian or Branch manager. Pamela MacKellar does an excellent job writing about this […]

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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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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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Letting Your Library Speak for You (Part 1)

One of the most magical characteristics of a library is the stories it contains. Stories are everywhere, from the books on the shelves to the event flyers in the vestibule. Every element of a library should strive to tell a story. If a library is very fortunate, then it gets an über-creative employee who constantly […]

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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 chapter samples. Then, there is the magical moment when you open crates and find stacks of newly processed items, all shiny and ready for their […]

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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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