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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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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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Remember Why We Love Libraries

If someone asked you why you love libraries, how would you answer? For those of us working in the library field, the answer is probably very specific and personal to our own library experiences. What I love most about libraries is hard to put into words—it’s not just that libraries are keepers of knowledge or […]

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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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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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New Year, New Possibilities

Having just recently stepped over the threshold into a new year, I started thinking of all the possibilities a new year can bring and I can’t help but get a little excited.  A lot of people make resolutions and try to better themselves in a myriad of ways—losing weight, quit smoking, try something new, visiting […]

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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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Book Groupies

Book Groupies Tammy Gerson   So, you just learned that you’ll be facilitating a book group at your library! “What?” you say. “I have to read and talk about a book?” Some of us have felt the dread that comes along with facilitating a book discussion group. I still recall the feeling when I cautiously […]

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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 or website content…”  Considering the origin, the term “curate” dates back to 1300-50 from Middle English. The act of curating as well as the term, […]

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