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Barbara Alvarez Author Archive


Email: BAlvarez@balibrary.org   Twitter: @the_barbrarian

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.


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Code at Your Library

35,375,362 have tried Hour of Code. Learn how to bring it to your library.

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Free(write) Your Mind

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.

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Community Connections

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.

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Fast Five: My Experience as a Spark Talks Presenter

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.

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Getting Down to Business

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.