The RUSA Publishing Toolkit, a new professional tool designed to assist librarians who offer publishing services, collects links to (mostly) free online resources that cover how to offer education and instruction, content development and editorial, design and production, and marketing and dissemination services.
Loren Klein Author Archive
Loren works as Head Library Assistant in a small, suburban public library in New Jersey. They are professionally interested in technology, marketing, and web design, and personally interested in science fiction, space exploration, and medicine.
The EL program seeks to develop leadership skills in new professionals. Each year, fifty library school students and professionals working in the field for fewer than five years are chosen to participate in leadership seminars, networking events, and work groups that span the Midwinter and Annual meetings. These activities lend insight into the structure and workings of ALA and offer a fast track to serving on committees within the organization. Truly the heart of the program is the work teams formed to complete projects devised by the divisions. Catering to a variety of interests, these projects allow participants to develop new skills and contribute to the profession on a meaningful way.
Providing equal access to all library patrons is an essential component of every library’s mandate. In fact, the ALA Mission Statement asserts that librarians must “ensure access to information for all.” With that in mind, the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion hosted a workshop at ALA Midwinter on how librarians can become more aware of and even work against systemic racism: “If I Hadn’t Believed It, I Wouldn’t Have Seen It: Exploring Systemic Racism and Its Implications for Our Lives and Work.”
There’s an explosion of library related art happening in Toronto. Local artists, inspired by the now 100 branch library system, created love letters to the library through art. Then, via the power of social media, the library took notice. Two projects that are getting international attention are the Toronto Library Passport and an adult coloring book featuring library buildings called All The Libraries Toronto.
Adult coloring is an inexpensive and easy program to host. The budget is scalable, the materials reusable, and word of mouth enthusiasm is easily generated with this on-trend program idea.
The traditional approach to reader’s advisory interviews presupposes that the patron is already a reader. However, when a patron doesn’t know, or can’t describe, what they like, try this unconventional question: what is your favorite TV show?
What would you do if an employee requested to use a service animal at work? The Manatee County Public Library System in Florida learned firsthand how to handle the situation when long time library staffer Terri Simon requested to bring her service dog, Mister, to work. Simon, who has a hearing impairment, relies on Mister to alert her to sounds of which she would otherwise be unaware. At work, this means notification beeps from the computer, patrons speaking to her when her back is turned, and other important sounds. These noises prompt Mister to rub against Simon’s leg to indicate there is something that needs her attention. Simon knew a service dog would improve her work performance, but it also brought novel challenges for the library.
Webinars are a convenient, often free way to engage in professional development. Here are five sources for free webinars designed to help you learn about emerging trends and acquire new skills.
What can libraries learn about customer service and reader’s advisory from record stores? Enhance the library experience through a passionate, knowledgeable staff and a creative, playful approach to reader’s advisory.
There’s big news for tiny libraries. LibraryThing, the social book cataloging site, announced the launch of a new OPAC called TinyCat. Designed for small collections of less than 10,000 items, TinyCat is perfect for cataloging and circulating the collections of religious institutions, schools, community centers, and academic departments. Built on the user-friendly LibraryThing backend, TinyCat is a low cost, low skill way to offer library-like services.
Contests in the library can be an easy, high return way to collect anecdotes about library use from the community. This information can be used to influence decision-makers by putting a relatable face on usage data.