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Rebecca Cruz Author Archive

Email: rcruz@ppld.org  

Becca Cruz manages the Creative Computer Commons in Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO. She received her master’s degree from the University of Missouri. Becca is currently reading Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers.


A Mini Maker Faire at the Library

The Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire was held on October 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 6,000 people in attendance, it was a great way to introduce people to a new library, its makerspaces, and the maker culture as a whole. Plans are currently in progress for the second annual faire.

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The Legend Behind the Library Myths

If you’ve worked in a library, even for just a few days, it’s likely you’ve heard some of the misconceptions people have about what we do.

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3D Printing: New Horizons

3D printing has opened up a whole new world, and a whole new can of worms.

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Bringing the Smithsonian to Your Patrons

One of the most interesting museum experiences out there is the Smithsonian. However, many people may not have the opportunity to travel and see everything. Now, the American Library Association has teamed up with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to offer a traveling exhibit, Exploring Human Origins, based on the Hall of Human Origins.

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Language Learning @ Your Library

In today’s world, we’re adopting an increasingly global outlook. Whether we’re traveling abroad for vacation or business, immigrating, or simply interested in expanding our personal knowledge, the desire to learn a different language is prevalent. Many people turn to their libraries for resources to do so.

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Planning a New Building

For those of us in public libraries, our primary goal is to provide our patrons with excellent service. Sometimes this means opening a new location or providing new services to keep up with the pace of our world. When you’re spending a good deal of taxpayer money on a large investment like a new facility, you want to make sure you do extensive planning to ensure the best possible results.

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Crowdfunding: A New Fundraising Option for Libraries

Librarians are no strangers to asking for assistance through donations. We’re also always watching trends and using them to best meet patron need, and crowdfunding is no exception.

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“Making” a Policy

Working on developing makerspaces and the accompanying policies can seem like a hydra. Every time you answer a question, two new ones come up. Providing a special experience for your patrons, however, is worth the effort.


Implementing Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Libraries are in the business of providing resources and programming for everyone. Holding programs for children with autism fits perfectly in our model and is a great way to reach out to a population that might not have been served as much in the past.

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Be Prepared with a Challenged Materials Policy

If you work in a library for long, you’re almost guaranteed to have some kind of conversation with a patron about a material they were less than thrilled with. If the patron is upset about the item, you need to have a collection development policy you can refer to so that you can discuss how materials are selected. When the patron wants to take their complaint about an item further, a policy for handling challenged materials is necessary.

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New Pens are for More than Just Writing

With innovations flooding our world, keeping up can be incredibly difficult. When you’re pondering the latest and greatest, pens may not be the first thing that comes to mind. For most of us, it’s a simple writing utensil. These days, though, pens are doing more than taking notes during a meeting.

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Infographics: Share Your Story in Pictures

Telling your story to the people in your community and beyond is incredibly important. To get your point across, your information needs to be concise, interesting to read, and eye catching. For some pieces, an infographic can be the perfect method to disseminate what you want people to know, especially if it’s done correctly.

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Taking the Library Outdoors

Most people do not connect the library with outdoor recreation. While we often hear how everyone likes to read outside, the library tends to be thought of mainly as an indoor activity. We promote many things at the library, and outdoor recreation can be just another aspect of helping to enrich our community. A few years ago consultants who were working with us at the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in Colorado, pointed out that we weren’t addressing the popularity of the variety of outside activities that our community enjoys.


Programming for Urban Homesteaders

In a world of smartphones, 3D printers, and wifi, sometimes it’s nice to get back to the basics. More and more people are focusing on maintaining a sustainable lifestyle, and the library can help to provide information for how to do just that.

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Job Help @ The Library

The job search process is rough. While some talk is going around about small improvement, the economy hasn’t picked up a lot of steam. Online application and resume help questions don’t seem to be likely to disappear anytime soon.