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Why I Do Not Decorate the Library for Christmas

Back in January, I wrote on Leading Tolerance. Leading tolerance is moving beyond the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism and engaging in actions that demonstrate a willingness to coexist with those opinions and behaviors different from one’s own. It does not mean agreement with a differing perspective, but respect for that alternative perspective

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In Theory: Recommended Readings for Librarianship

It’s easy to lose focus on the theoretical principles behind librarianship after completing library school. While most librarians’ foundational resources will likely vary, the importance of professional literature to our field does not change.

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Leaks or Bursts: Managing Feelings in Workplace Communication

In this post (the second in a series) I am focusing on communication via the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most  by Stone, Patton, and Heen. The authors do an incredible job of breaking down the elements of difficult conversations and offer some very practical steps on how to approach all types […]

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Thousands Enjoy Public Library Stories

If you’re looking for a place to read and share great library stories, Gina Sheridan has you covered with her Tumblr, I work at a public library.

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Reading Between the [Head]Lines…or Through the Looking Glass

If you are anything like me you take a look at yourself in the mirror at least once a day. You might check your hair, shave your face. or adjust your tie. Perhaps a feeble attempt to change how people perceive us (maybe a little lipstick would help?). So, what do public libraries do to change people’s perception of them? Our regulars get us, they know us. But what about people who read about us in the mainstream media? How might they perceive public libraries if they knew us only through headlines and news stories?

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Making Sure Help is Helpful

With the increase of internet searches and the dwindling of Reference Librarian positions, have we lost the art of focus?

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Dissecting The Aspen Institute Report

In October, 2014, the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries released their report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. The Dialogue is “a multi-stakeholder forum to explore and champion new thinking on U.S. public libraries.”

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Employment Trends in Public Libraries

With a recent Forbes article citing Library and Information Science as the third worst master’s degree for today’s professionals, the thought of breaking into a library career or even changing jobs can be intimidating.

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GIFs List! Ten Public Librarian Conundrums

Friday Fun! Check out PLOnline’s collection of ‘library problem’ gifs.

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To Join, Or Not To Join

As someone who is, relatively speaking, a newcomer to working in a library, I have vacillated about whether or not I would like to join a proper library association. There are many things to consider.

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The Little Library That Lent a Hand: Ferguson Municipal Public Library

If anyone doubt that libraries respond to their communities in times of emergencies, the Ferguson Municipal Public Library remained the one calming and stable constant in this Missouri town’s tumultuous life as schools, businesses, and other government agencies closed after the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

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Keep on Rocking

There have been a few articles written from a negative perspective lately about so called “rock star librarians.” Most notably these articles appeared in Publishers Weekly and, ironically, Library Journal. Library Journal, it is important to point out, just released their annual ranking of U.S. Libraries, and are gearing up for their annual Movers and […]

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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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What It Means to be a Librarian for the Community

While attending graduate school for library science, I have a distinct memory of not wanting to work in a public library. I had no reason to think this, having never worked in one. So why, after nearly ten years of academic librarianship, am I doing exactly what I thought I never would? I blame my two sons.