Tag Archives: library life

It Takes a Village

I recently wrote a grant application (my first one!) for the “Best Small Library in America” award, given out by the Library Journal. As I was listing all the things that made our library great, I realized it was not any one person that made us amazing — it was a team effort. Each of […]

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Curl Up With a Good…Ebook!

Last month I wrote about e-readers and buying vs. checking out eBooks. While doing some related research, I gained a new appreciation for the vast amount of information available on eBooks and libraries. So this month I’m sharing some of what I discovered about eBooks, along with a few useful articles and blogs that might […]

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E-books: Amazon vs. OverDrive

Last year I received my first e-book reader, a Kindle Fire, as a birthday gift. I had long promised myself that I would never own an e-reader. I have nothing against technological advancement and the so-called progress of our digital world, but I like my books—real books with coffee-stained pages and glossy covers.  However, I […]

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In Your Dreams

What do you do when your dreams come true? Since my last blog post, I have become an “accidental librarian”. For those not familiar with the term, an accidental librarian is someone without a Masters degree who is hired as a frontline librarian or Branch manager. Pamela MacKellar does an excellent job writing about this […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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