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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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To Weed or Not to Weed

When we think about collection development, we tend to focus on the “fun” part – purchasing new books. We spend hours poring over catalogs and bestseller lists, reading reviews and chapter samples. Then, there is the magical moment when you open crates and find stacks of newly processed items, all shiny and ready for their […]

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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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All A-BARD!

  Have you heard?  There’s a new app in town for eligible patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).  It’s called the Braille and Audio Reading Download app or the BARD app for short.  It is accessible via iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as well as the web and […]

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Studio classroom, with work-tables and Z-Racks arranged together.

Build It Cheap

A few summers ago, a professor emeritus came to the Library to ask if we had space for a class he wanted to teach with several other faculty. The class was called “Your Idea, Your Invention,” and his hope was to launch a multidisciplinary core undergraduate class that would teach basic principles of invention (or […]

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Getting the Best Out of Your Staff Training Events

Too often, libraries don’t have time to come together for group training. In an age when both schedules and budgets are tight, getting everyone together for staff development can be tough. But squeezing out that time can be important. Face-to-face group training can be a positive experience that increases the staff’s skills while fostering a […]

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