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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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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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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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Why Libraries Are Punk Rock

Forget mohawks, safety pins, and British accents. Let’s take Ian MacKaye’s definition of punk. (If you don’t know why you should trust Mr. MacKaye’s definition of punk, here’s how he started Dischord and this is a recent ode to his band Fugazi.) “Since I think of punk as the free space, which means a place where new ideas […]

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Reader’s Advisory in a Pinch

“I’m looking for a good book. Can you find me something…NOW?!” More and more often we frontline librarians are dealing with patrons who want whatever it is they are looking for “right now.” Reference interview? Only if you can do it in 1.5 seconds. In this age of immediate accessibility to information it helps to have tools […]

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Why You Need to Attend a Virtual Conference

Would you like to attend a virtual conference but are afraid that you would miss the camaraderie of a face-to-face (F2F) conference? Are you secretly curious about virtual conferences but feel like they just don’t count because they are…well, virtual? Does the thought of attending a virtual conference make you cringe? Whether you are curious […]

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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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