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The General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. Public Libraries

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European-Union (EU) wide regulation that unifies European data privacy laws and also codifies the personal data protection rights of residents. It was enacted to provide European citizens with full control over the data that is collected and stored about them.

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In Practice: Civility

In other blog posts I have expressed my beliefs that especially in today’s world, civility is imperative.  I have also expressed a belief that librarians have a responsibility to lead tolerance.  In response to these expressed beliefs some have challenged civility is a silencing tool of oppression and that tolerance is an unacceptable dodge of acceptance.  I believe these responses indicate experiences in which civility or tolerance have not been practiced.

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New Job? New Library? What Do You Wish You Knew?

Reading a job description and researching a library doesn’t tell you everything you need to know when you begin a first job. What do you wish you knew?

Indie Book Review

Cubsessions: Famous Fans of Chicago’s North Side Baseball Team & Their Stories of Pain, Loyalty, Hope and (Finally) Joy

It is perhaps the biggest sports story in American history: The Chicago Cubs. After 108 years without a championship and decades as our pop culture symbol of futility, the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. From the many years of frustration to the joy of finally winning it all, there are many remarkable stories of Cubs fandom.

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A Threat to Democracy: The End of Net Neutrality

The end of net neutrality is a threat to our democracy, even if the signs are not yet clear.

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Libraries Are For Everyone

The library is a cornerstone and sustainer of democracy.

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We Are Never Not Changing

As soon as we give up on change, we run the risk of falling behind. Therefore, instead of change management we should embrace change readiness.

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Recipe Club: The Most Delicious Library Group

Once a month, twice a month, or weekly, you can have a group that loves to talk about food! What could be better?

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Sacramento Library Workers Learn Mental Health First Aid

Sacramento library employees are going through training courses to be able to properly provide assistance to customers who are suffering from a mental illness.

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Digital Literacy Support in Libraries: More than Just Your Computer Classes

Digital literacy initiatives within local libraries are imperative to helping our patrons create and upload resumes, sign up and use email to communicate with friends and family, download an app to get a ride to the airport, create and edit a presentation to share at work, search for a new doctor online, create a movie to complete a school project, communicate with a computer technician when their device has issues, and so much more.

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Shifting Expectations for Staff in a 21st Century Library

To stay competitive in the today’s attention economy, it’s imperative that we pay attention.   

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Importance of a Collection’s Inclusivity

Wanting to have certain items labeled in a manner that excludes them from the importance of the overall collection is marginalizing, at best, and, more likely the case, insidious, at worst.

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The Dangers of Micromanagement

If you’ve worked in a library for any considerable amount of time, chances are you’ve experienced micromanagement on some level.

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People Don’t Care About Privacy 

When user data is king, libraries get left behind.

ALA Spectrum Scholars-Dispatches from PLA 2018

The Youth Opportunity Design Approach (YODA)

Did the word “YODA” catch your eye too?  Anything involving a little green, gruff voiced Star Wars icon would get anyone’s attention, right?  Well that and anything involving “Youth” jumps out at me too.  I attended PLA’s “The Youth Opportunity Design Approach” and got more than I anticipated!