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How libraries can connect people with services

Some amazing librarian, Katie Johnson, turned storytime into a way to really help low-income families and children get the help they need–medical help, food, education. This is what I love. This is what I believe. It’s a trope: libraries can … Continue reading

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Are public libraries really a “layer of fat” in city budgets?

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by library supporters. Really. But sometimes it’s easy to forget that there really are such things as non-supporters of the library. GASP! Really? Non-supporters? I ran into one on a friend’s Facebook post about library … Continue reading

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You can’t learn library management from a book (and you can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd)

It’s inevitable that we’ll work under managers of varying qualities if we are in the workforce (or volunteer-force) long enough. And once you become a supervisor or manager yourself, sometimes your opinions may change about other managers. Sometimes not. Perhaps … Continue reading

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When you write, hold on tight to your copyrights

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. Always, always, always ask for a copy of the copyright agreement before you write for somebody’s blog. It’s better to say ‘no’ upfront than it is to operate under misunderstandings. I also learned that … Continue reading

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Sharing the “Librarian Job Ad Drinking Game”

This has been floating around on Facebook, and thanks to one of my fellow head editors for INALJ, Sandra Hoyer, I now know who to credit for this awesome game. Mr. Library Dude, you deserve many, many kudos. My favorite … Continue reading

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Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library (ALA2013)

I attended the Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library presentation/discussion during ALA2013, and definitely enjoyed learning more about the special interest group and the idea of setting up a Deaf Cultural Digital Library in every state. Alec McFarlane was an … Continue reading

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ALA Battledecks = library presentations + ‘Whose Line’

“You need to go to Battledecks!” a Facebook acquaintance of mine told me. Battledecks? I’d seen people talk about it on ALA ThinkTank on Facebook, but figured it was something akin to D&D, and way beyond my ken. The definition … Continue reading

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ALA2013: A first-timer’s first impression

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing posts about things I learned during #ALA2013 (formerly #ALA13). I will also set up a book-review tab or a feed from Goodreads (or both), because I SWEAR I will do my … Continue reading

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In downtown Chicago for #ALA13? Take advice from this Chicagoan

Originally published on INALJ on June 24. In downtown Chicago for #ALA13? Take advice from this Chicagoan I moved to downtown Chicago 3 years ago, and since then, I’ve learned a lot about navigating Chicago, and what kind of free … Continue reading

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First Impressions Done Right – DePaul University Library

My father-in-law was very impressed by the DePaul University library, and by extension, DePaul University itself. Customer service is to commend for this. Wait, let me back up and explain. He came to Chicago a couple months ago, one of … Continue reading

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