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Let’s Do This, 2015!

Are you a planner? I am, and every December I go back through my calendar* and goals and to-do lists and decide: was this a good year? Did I do everything I wanted to do? And, if not… why? That last question is always a tough one to answer, because almost always, there’s only one […]

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff…Sort of

As professionals in the field of Librarianship we all know that the past few years have been more challenging for most of us than any other time in recent history. We are constantly asked to do more with less in an effort to prove our existence is relevant, important and dare we say, necessary.  We […]

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Continuing Education For My Fellow Penny Pinchers

That old adage “You get what you pay for” doesn’t apply when it comes to library continuing education. If you know where to look it’s easy to find training and development opportunities that are inexpensive and often free. Yes, FREE!  From one-hour webinars to all-day workshops to library conferences, there is a low-cost or no-cost […]

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How Will They Learn If We Don’t Teach?

We all had our visions of what working in a library would be like. I worked for a bookstore for a number of years, and so I imagined it would be much the same, except that people would be allowed, encouraged even, to return the books they read.  I entertained grandiose notions of literary salons […]

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Perspectives on Organization: Dropping Dewey for a Few Words

We are in the midst of a HUGE Dewey debacle in school library media centers! More and more, school library media specialists are considering the benefits and the damages associated with ditching Dewey and moving to a genre-based organization of their collections. I taught in the P-12 school media centers for nearly 30 years and […]

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Introducing Robot Test Kitchen

Robot Test Kitchen started out as a project with ILEAD-USA, an IMLS grant based leadership project developed and run by the Illinois State Library. Jay Turner came to our last ILEAD-USA week and learned about Robot Test Kitchen. He asked us to share it with you. Our team, consisting of five Youth Services librarians from […]

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Three Reasons You Should Be Learning With Lynda

It’s free! (But just for you) As an active member of GLEAN you can request access to Lynda.com, one of the world’s most popular e-learning websites with over 3,000 video courses, and new courses being added every single week. And you know what’s better than having access to thousands of courses? Getting it for free […]

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Google, My Google

Google, my Google. My dad always told me growing up that “you learn something new every day”—well, as I’ve grown older I definitely believe that to be true.  I think quite a few of you have heard our experience with the Google boxes, the issues and the resolutions to those issues.  We no longer panic […]

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You are the Captain of your Career Ship

  Careers aren’t as linear as they used to be. We have to be very determined about our careers, always taking inventory of our present state as well as having goals for the future. We have to take ownership of our career success. Our managers and organizational leaders all play a role, but ultimately we […]

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A Meta Research Question

A phrase that’s making me crazy at work is “virtual browsing.” We know we need to have it (our books are going into high-density storage as part of a massive renovation and renewal) but it has become clear over the past few months that we need to figure out what “virtual browsing” actually means. Is […]

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