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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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The gift of reflection and the opportunity of failure

Reflection is such a common concept in management and leadership, yet one that few of us practice regularly. Celebrate the successes! Celebrate the wins! Success builds success! We hear those all of the time.  But how to find time for it and actually do it? Is it really that important?  (and what about the not-successes, […]

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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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