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Elena Rivera Author Archive

Email: rivera.elena85@gmail.com  

Elena Rivera is a San Jose State University Library & Information Science graduate student, and an employee with the Los Angeles Public Library. Having a passion for children’s literature, she aspires to be a youth services librarian. She is currently reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.


BiblioTech – An Entirely Bookless Library

A bookless library? A librarian’s worst nightmare? Many years ago, the mere thought of a library without any physical books would’ve been unthinkable, however in this day and age it is actually something quite reasonable and for the Bexar County in Texas, it could soon be a reality.

Does Your OPAC Have Charisma?

It is important to be perceptive of these emerging changes to better understand our patrons and their needs. Library OPACs shouldn’t be used as a last resort for information retrieval, patrons should be able to feel comfortable enough to keep wanting to use them. Libraries have far too much information and resources to be considered a secondary searching option.

Crafting @ the Library (On a Budget)

Budget cuts have affected libraries in many ways across the country, and in terms of children’s events this may result in less materials to work with.  However, a successful children’s program might not necessarily require a plentiful budget, or complicated planning, simply a little creativity and some glue sticks. Fortunately, a challenging financial situation like […]

Do You Remember Your First Library Visit?

A child’s first visit to a library may very well set the tone for the child’s adult relationship with the library.  As public library workers, it is part of our responsibility to foster a positive relationship between patrons and libraries, and all the services they provide. It is not unheard of to see a patron […]