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Faith Brautigam Author Archive


Email: FBrautigam@khcpl.org   Twitter: @FaithBrautigam

Faith Brautigam is the director of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Kokomo, Indiana. Growing up without ready access to public libraries, she fell in love with them as a college student and has been privileged to spend her career there. A favorite part of her job is building partnerships in the community.


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The Best Meeting Ever

Have you ever asked your colleagues about the best meetings they’ve ever attended? While most of us have probably told war stories about mediocre to downright awful meetings, stopping to think about the very best meetings you’ve attended can be instructive.

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Lessons from Banksy Booked

Haight Street Rat, an oversized piece of street art by the internationally known Banksy, is currently at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Kokomo, Indiana.

Health and Fitness

Summer Wellness Challenge

The challenge is a pilot program; the goal is to see if the library should try something similar on a larger scale to raise wellness awareness and motivation in the community.

Kindness Rocks

Easy. Inexpensive. Trending. Dispenses kindness and inspiration. There’s something that does all of that and is a great fit for the public library?

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ALA’s Awards and Grants Can Give Your Library a Boost

If your library is like mine, your list of expenses is growing while funding is either stagnant or trending down. That’s why we are enthusiastic about any sources of nontraditional revenue, no matter how modest.

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Secrets of Readers’ Advisory — Part Two

Readers’ Advisory Queen Becky Spratford gave us some great advice last month. The conversation continues here.

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Readers’ Advisory Secrets — A Conversation with Becky Spratford

Whether it’s learning to ski or how to sew a straight seam, a great teacher shows contagious enthusiasm while breaking down the skill into manageable pieces. Becky Spratford is no exception.

The #LibrariesResist Movement

The #LibrariesResist movement allows you to be involved in activism in the way that best suits you.

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YA Writer Dishes on Parody Twitter Account

If you wonder how much humor could possibly be centered on the concept of the fabulously good-looking but somewhat maladjusted teen, male protagonist, you clearly need to check out Broody.

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Lessons From A Dog

If I were a better librarian, I think I’d be more like my dog, Chief. Let me qualify that. It’s not that I wish I were obsessed with rabbits or think wistfully of having a tail to wag, but he does have characteristics that could benefit me if I emulated them.

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Cultivating Your Inner Leader

In public libraries, most managers have an impressively broad range of duties. Our training and background may be primarily in some audience or service specialty and our day-to-day responsibilities may still include significant quantities of work related to that area. Whatever our duties, they can leave us little time or energy to develop our supervisory, management, or leadership knowledge and skills.

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Memory Care at Your Library

Chances are good that you personally know someone who has, or at one time had, dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known form of dementia, is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the current number of diagnosed cases, 5.4 million, is projected to triple by mid-century.[1] Not only is this a staggering statistic, but it is sobering to consider the number of spouses and family members who, after the diagnosis, become caregivers.

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Investing in Your Library’s Experience Economy

Do community members rush into your library, grab a few items, and leave, or do they view spending time there as time well spent? The answer to that question may determine whether you are participating in the experience economy, as described by Joe Pine in his and co-author James Gilmore’s now-famous work, “The Experience Economy.”