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Can Librarians Crack the Code?

Two recent articles in American Libraries magazine – “Get Cracking on Code” (March/April 2015) and “Learning to Code” (May 2015) caught my attention and got me thinking about how learning to write code could help me in my job as a librarian. After reading these articles and doing some research I discovered that libraries are […]

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A short report from the SCUNC (pronounced “skunk”)

Last month, I attended the ASERL SCUNC, another in my (I hope) streak of small, nimble conferences. I stretched myself at this one — I am not the Scholarly Communications librarian at Georgia Tech (that’s my friend and fellow Lost in the Stacks producer Fred Rascoe) and so I was putting myself in conversation with […]

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Don’t Go It Alone: The Role of Networking in Continuing Education

I am not a natural networker. When people say networking, I get this cold sweat that it means they want me to introduce myself to strangers and force them into small talk so that they can benefit me somewhere down the road. And maybe in some industries that’s how it is, but it has not […]

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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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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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Get out there: Devices & apps to help keep New Year’s resolutions

 As rumors of the Apple Watch continue to bounce around the internet, it might be time to take a look at existing devices or health and fitness apps that work with your phone —  many of which are free! So on that note, let’s check out some technology and perhaps, keep a New Year’s resolution […]

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Continuing Education Resolutions for 2015!

I spend a lot of my professional life touting the benefits of our library system’s free databases to our patrons and the public in general, and while I do actually use many of them myself while manning the reference desk, I have never actually enrolled in an online course through the continuing education databases that […]

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E-Learning & Soft Skills

Are there some things that an online course can’t teach? A lot of the talk around services like GLEAN and Lynda.com focuses on ‘Hard Skills’, which is to say, skills that are easily defined and measurable such as the ability to create a spreadsheet in excel or a webpage in HTML. For me there’s really […]

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Warm Thoughts from HICE

So, I just attended and presented at the Hawaii International Conference On Education (HICE) last week. “What??” you say.  “It was 10 degrees Fahrenheit in west Georgia last week and you were on the beach in Honolulu??” I’m sure that places me very near the bottom of your friend list. However, it was not all […]

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Shaking the Magic 8 Ball – technology trends 2015

My original idea for was to do a little crystal ball gazing, but looking at projected trends for next year, the landscape seems to be more a progression of existing technology rather than new technology.  So maybe it is more akin to shaking the Magic 8 Ball – will it work? How well? How can […]

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