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Jennifer Hooker was born in California’s Bay Area and grew up in the area’s many libraries. She is currently a Library Science graduate student at SJSU. She lives with her girlfriend and two dogs in Santa Cruz, CA. Jennifer is currently reading Essex County by Jeff Lemire.


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The Puzzling Prize for Loyal Librarians

At the end of January, during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference, it was announced that popular children’s novelist Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) started his own prize to honor “librarians who have faced adversity.” Librarians must be nominated before May 1st and winners will be announced at ALA Annual in June.

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A Quick Look at CLA Conference

It’s been a few weeks since the California Library Association (CLA) conference  (November 3-5, 2013) and I’ve finally managed to turn my notes into a blog post.

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Kickstarting Projects at the Library

Back in April, I stumbled across an article about a library in Illinois that was trying to crowdfund enough money to purchase a 9 foot tall statue of The Incredible Hulk for their branch. Comic books and libraries, what’s not to love?

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Libraries in Lock-Up

Many prisons, if not all, have some form of a library whether it is fixed or roaming. Some are closets filled to the ceiling with books; some are bookmobiles that make weekly or monthly stops. Others have full-fledged law libraries with their own librarians. No matter what the library itself looks like, it is their sheer existence that is so meaningful. Librarians have been working to increase the number and effectiveness of prison library programs so that prisoners can make the most of their time in lock-up and have a chance at gaining and retaining their freedom. Here are a few programs from libraries around the country:

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Library Aides Love the Library

What is a library aide? What do they do? What kinds of people are they? Are they really necessary? Yes. Always and forever, yes. Typically, a library aide is a low-rung worker who does physical, menial tasks like shelving, checking in, shelf-reading, and the like. While the exact title and definition changes from system-to-system and branch-to-branch, the heart of the library aide always remains the same. Most of us, myself included, are aides because first and foremost we love the library.

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ALA Conferences: Some Tips for Newbies

If you’ve never attended an American Library Association conference but look into it once in awhile, let me be the first to tell you that if the opportunity strikes, take it. My first conference (ALA Annual Conference, 2012, in Anaheim, California) taught me a lot that I will never forget. If you’ve never attended an […]

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Make Your Library A Safe Space

The idea of the library is constantly evolving. In ancient times royalty held libraries and librarians in the highest regard. Kings and generals sought wisdom from the keepers of knowledge. Nowadays, libraries are free for all who wish to enter, but what can we offer besides a stiff finger pointed toward the fiction section?

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Not Your Grandpa’s Comic Books

Comics have come a long way since Superman made his first appearance in 1938. No longer are the days of “biff,” “pow,” and “bam” ending the treacherous reign of some half-wit excuse for a villain. The future of comics and graphic novels is here and now and they deserve a spot in your library.

Safety First. (And Second. And Third.)

Hurricane Sandy reminds libraries to prepare for possible emergencies in order to be of the best possible service in the event of an occurrence.