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Making it – New technologies & how libraries can use them

In the last few weeks, I’ve attended several conferences, presentations, workshops, some face to face, others virtually — you know, all of that stuff we do to keep up. Here are a few trends and products that I find interesting (and some of which my library will be supporting in their technology lab): Wearables – […]

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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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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 Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The goal is to “Inform the work of developing and/or revising educator preparation standards for the Media Specialist field.” The […]

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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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