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Barbara Alvarez Author Archive
I am Head of Adult Services at Westmont Public Library. I received my Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in May 2012. In my spare time, I love running and traveling.
Library and Information Science is a constantly evolving field with new technology and concepts. That’s incredible and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. But with all of these new concepts, proposals, ideas, and technology, librarians can feel overwhelmed. Freewriting is helping me embrace 21st century librarianship completely with no reservations.
As public librarians, we know that there are many people who simply do not realize the amount of resources that local libraries have available; it’s so important to get the message out to the community. In this post, I am going to share some of the ways that I have been connecting with local job seekers and businesspersons so far.
My colleague Gwyn and I gave a Spark Talk at PLA 2014. Our goal was to show how it is possible to livestream library programs for free. We had to be informative, convincing, and captivating — and present the idea in 300 seconds or less.
A little over a month ago I became the Business Liaison at Barrington Area Library. The previous Business Liaison was amazing at the work that she did and I knew that I had some pretty big shoes to fill…but I was ready to take on the challenge.