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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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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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In the Eyes of the Children…

I LOVE working with the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl! What’s that, the HRRB, you say? The HRRB is, simply, confirmation that many, many students in Georgia P-12 schools love to read. They love to read to the point of passion, commitment, and COMPETITION! A dream began in 1985 when Mrs. Helen Ruffin served on the […]

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Is it a Library if it has no books?

By now we’ve probably all heard of Florida Polytechnic University’s Bookless Library. Florida State University’s latest campus hopes to form part of a new Silicon Valley East between Tampa and Orlando by producing a new generation of highly educated STEM graduates. Part of the plan is to immerse students in an environment laden with the […]

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Not Everyone Thinks Well Of Us

I have been enjoying a professional renaissance for the past couple years, finding new joy in libraries and my identity as a librarian. Certainly, I had to get real low before I could be lifted up but the rise has been lovely. In a recession, libraries are especially valued. The materiality of our collections are […]

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Look and Feel: A Picture Says It All

I work in a large, far-flung regional public library system, but if there is one thing that almost every employee knows about me is that I hate clip-art. I hate it with the heat of a dying star. I hate it with the intensity of a black hole. It brings back my old stress eye […]

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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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