Category Archives: Public Libraries

Celebrating Earth Day

Recently, I hosted a library program at which we took old t shirts and re-purposed them into useful tote bags. In celebration of Earth Day, I thought this would be a great way for people to take an old t-shirt … Continue reading

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Summer is in full swing

Those hazy lazy days of summer are nonexistent for public librarians working with teens. I began my career as a librarian working in teen services at a small community branch library. How quickly I forgot how crazy it is to host … Continue reading

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20somethings are coming back to libraries

Too often people between the ages of 19 and 30 have been left out of many programs in public libraries. A few years ago, The East Baton Rouge Library wanted to change that. As a cooperative effort between reference and … Continue reading

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LLA 2014 Conference in Lafayette

I made my way to Lafayette for the annual conference for the Louisiana Library Association. The keynote speaker for the opening session was library consultant Pat Wagner (no relation) spoke on the future of libraries. I had a nice conversation … Continue reading

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New job, new city

Well I  have officially relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to be the new Teen Services Librarian at a branch in downtown Baton Rouge. The last month has certainly been an adventure. I had to quickly move over 800 miles. I could not have done … Continue reading

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Statistics are even harder to come by for public libraries

Finding statistics is something librarians have always been asked. In recent months, it has become even more difficult with the cessation of the Statistical Abstract of the United States. This publication has long been the “go -to” resource for librarians … Continue reading

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Is it Really Ours?: Ownership and digital content

Ownership in the digital age is fleeting. Libraries are in quite a conundrum when it comes to digital content. We want to be able to provide access to digital content like downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, but do not have the infrastructure to … Continue reading

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Library Day in the Life Project: Round 8

This post is a part of the semi-annual Library Day in the Life Project coordinated by Bobbi Newman AKA Librarian by Day. I think this may be my third time participating but this is round 8 for the entire project. … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Reference Librarian

I can’t count how many times I have been told that “reference is dead.” I suppose in a sense this statement has a kernel of truth. I think that the services that a reference librarian provides is changing very rapidly. … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy and public libraries

Digital literacy, transliteracy, tech savvy..No matter what you cal it, understanding technology is absolutely essential in today’s world. Many services that used to be handled over the phone or in person are now almost exclusively online. Now, you need certain … Continue reading

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