Category Archives: Library Science

Reader’s Advisory when you can’t afford your own Booklist subscription

When I worked in a public library as a shelver, and later, as a circulation clerk, it was pretty easy to have a general idea of what kind of books we had in a variety of genres to get people … Continue reading

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Is “Just Necessary” a meaningless term in collection development?

I’ve been attending a number of interesting presentations lately, while my library is working on hiring a new librarian. I treat these presentations like a continuation of grad school. I can’t help it, I’m just a perpetual nerd. All of … Continue reading

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Job-hunting and interviewing when you have a disability

Originally posted at INALJ on 3/22/2013. Job hunting is nerve-wracking, but it is even more anxiety-inducing if you have a disability. There’s so many questions involved in addition to the usual ones: When should I disclose my disability? What if … Continue reading

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Librarians: Helping people (we disagree with) find information since 10,000 BC

That’s part of our ethos: helping people find information, even if we disagree with their beliefs or opinions. We can’t help it–we need to help people. Even when we’re off the clock,  on lunch break, or even out and about … Continue reading

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Helping People with Disabilities in the Bookstacks

One thing I have noticed is how few libraries have plans for helping people with disabilities retrieve books from the stacks. What should people with low vision do if they can read a book with assistive technology, but have difficulty … Continue reading

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Stealth Library Jobs

Diving into the thick of job-hunting now that I have my MLIS, I’ve been noticing just how many jobs out there are stealth library jobs. Stealth library jobs are ones where employers don’t say they want a librarian, but everything … Continue reading

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Reaching Deaf and hard of hearing patrons in the library

For those of you who already know me, I’m profoundly deaf and wear a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. For those of you who don’t–now you know! Many don’t, particularly if I wear my hair down. I talk quite … Continue reading

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My cat absolutely hates the printer

I printed out the readings for this class, yesterday. And yes, I kill a lot of trees. But I print duplex, and often multiple pages per page. However, the duplex setting makes my cat, Joe, think it’s an evil cat-eating … Continue reading

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Copyright-free photos for my blogger friends

This is another #hyperlib blog post from here. If you just want instructions and links for finding photos you can use for your class blog, skip down to the end. If you want to hear me discuss copyright, creative commons, … Continue reading

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The Most Polite Cease-and-Desist Letter Ever

I’m going to be dual-posting here and on my brand new class blog as an effort to restart this blog. This post therefore can also be found here. Mashable reported a story about how Jack Daniels sent an author the … Continue reading

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