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Daniel Berra Author Archive

Email: DanielB@pflugervilletx.gov  

Daniel Berra has held leadership roles in libraries for the last 15 years, including the last 5 as the assistant director of the Pflugerville (TX) Public Library. He oversees the programming librarians, the library’s electronic resources, cultivates support for small business and job seekers and leads the library’s efforts related to local history. He holds a B.A. in Geography and a Master of Science in Information Studies, both from the University of Texas at Austin. When not at the library you might find him bird-watching and taking photographs.

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The Return to Public Spaces: Alleviating Anxiety for Staff, Patrons, and Yourself

All of us have different feelings related to the end of the pandemic and a return to normal life. As keepers of a public space, librarians are wise to bear this in mind when thinking about our library guests, staff, and ourselves.

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Amazon, E-books, Copyright, and Libraries

Amazon refuses to allow libraries to purchase copies of the e-books they publish. That means more than 10,000 e-books and tens of thousands of audiobooks are simply not available to our patrons.

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The Dr. Seuss Opportunity

Controversy surrounding Dr. Seuss is not new. In recent years, more scrutiny has been placed on the depictions of Seuss characters in regards to ethnicity and race. The decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to end publishing of six titles reignited discussions.

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Ensuring Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Diversity. Inclusion. Equity. These are all fundamental aspects of librarianship, coded in our professional organizations and informing all of our actions from collection development to services to programming. We are uniquely positioned given these professional ethics to contribute at a higher level.