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The Expanding World of 3-D Printing

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am fascinated by—nay, in love with, the concept of 3-D printing technology.  My first exposure to the world of 3-D printing was last year at a Tech Boot Camp sponsored by the Georgia Public Library Service where I had the opportunity to watch a Maker Bot create several […]

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The Incredible Fullness of Library Holidays

A lot of people don’t understand what I mean by the term “library holidays,” but I promise that you know what I’m talking about. These are the special initiatives that different library advocacy and professional groups come up with each year in order to raise awareness or provide a spotlight on specific kinds of services. […]

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Library Blogs to Follow

While looking for inspiration for my GLEAN post this month I started perusing the interwebs for what other interesting tidbits fellow library bloggers were writing about. As always there is much to do and not a lot of time in which to do it, and in the crush of all that I am currently involved […]

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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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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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Lost in [Cyber] Space…

It has been said that our opinions of others are formed within the first few seconds of meeting them. For example, take librarians… I look at one dressed in their interesting clothing with hair exploding, glasses crooked, and inquisitive eyes and think, hmmm, that must be an academic librarian. I look at another dressed in […]

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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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With a little help from our friends: Facebook boosts in public libraries

It’s a terrible feeling when no one shows up to your programs. After you’ve put in tons of hours of time and effort, bought supplies, set up the room, and opened the doors only to find no one there. It happens to most people every now and then. Most recently, it happened at our first […]

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How Do We Turn All Library Lovers Into Library Users?

I recently came across a quote from a blog post by the Annoyed Librarian in Library Journal that gave me pause and made me stop and think for a second. “What people like about libraries is all the stuff they think libraries do, like providing books and educational opportunities and stuff like that. Even if […]

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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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