The Answer To “Who Are You Empowering?” Better Be “Our Patrons”

Hugh Rundle's new article "Who Are you Empowering?" over at In The Library With a Lead Pipe caught my attention this week, so much so that I commented on it twice and finally decided to write this post. First, I wasn't present for Joe Murphy's closing keynote address, but if it was as Rundle describes it, I agree with Rundle's reaction. The techno lust displayed by many in library land is a bit ridiculous. And, frankly, I generally find those, even librarians, predicting THE FUTURE, laughable. I also agree with the comment made by StevenB about the perception of the term "gap filler". The Read more [...]

Summer Reading List 2014 – What Are You Reading This Summer?

I opted to create my reading list for this summer on Pinterest. I like being able to see the covers and I think I'm more likely to add in start and finish dates as comments. I didn't do a very good job of editing my post last year to add that information. I also didn't stick to my list, but that's summer reading for you! What's on your summer reading list?   Fiction The White Queen: A Novel (The Cousins' War 1)5/27 The Red Queen: A Novel (The Cousin's War 2) 5/20 The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel (The Cousins’ War 3)6/4 The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War)6/14 The Read more [...]

Escape the Silo – Iowa ACRL keynote

This morning I got to deliver the keynote at Iowa Association of Research and College Libraries. I got to talk about silos and echo chambers and change some of my favorite topics! Escape The Silo: Why and How to Escape Your Professional Silo - ILA/ACRL keynote from Bobbi Newman References and Recommended Reading Bundred, S. (2006). Solutions to silos: joining up knowledge. Public Money and Management, 26(2), 125-130. Duhigg, C. (2012). The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Gilbert, E.; Bergstrom, T.; Karahalios, K. (2009) Blogs are Echo Chambers: Read more [...]

Conference & Travel Packing & Survival Tips

Almost 3 years ago I gave up checking bag and started traveling with only a carry on. I was tired of paying the extra baggage fees, waiting for my bag at the carousel, and it felt like a challenge. After a few trips I got used to it and I never looked back! I don’t even have one of those fancy new carry-ons with the spinning wheels and a bagillion pockets that make it expand so much it barely fits in the overhead bin. My primary carry on is an 13 year old roller bag I picked up at Cosco as part of a set. I usually still manage to bring several pairs of shoes though I stick to comfortable ones Read more [...]

Colorado Here I Come!

Last week I passed my thesis defense! (Probably the one and only time I'll use a .gif on this blog, but it had to be done! ;-) ) I have already posted about this on Twitter and Facebook and many people asked me - what next? Now that everything is final I am happy to announce I'll be attending the University of Colorado Boulder to purse at Ph.D. in Communication. I plan to continue my current research on political communication, new media, technology, and policy. There are many reasons I chose CU Boulder, but the one that library readers might consider the most interesting is the Read more [...]

Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support

Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released their latest report on the role of libraries in the digital age. I have loved being involved with this project and was excited for this latest report to go live. I was also nervous. Along with the typology of library users Pew was releasing data about library usage and reported perception of the role and importance of libraries, including the percentage of user in each group that has a library card. I know librarians love this statistic and they use it in their reports to library boards and in national data to show support of libraries. Read more [...]

New Tumblr Blog – Librarian by Day Notebook

For a while now I have been struggling with an issue - how and where should I post stories, news, and information relevant to libraries and the issues that are important to me (digital literacy, digital divide, technology policy, etc)? I am trying to focus more on conversation and less on link sharing on my Twitter account. I have done a good job of cutting back on the link sharing, but not so well with the conversation aspect. I don't want to share links on this blog without adding my own commentary and thoughts to posts. I tried using Facebook but with the newsfeed algorithm and other issues Read more [...]

1262 Photos, 36 Countries, and Two Years Later – This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

Today is the 2 year anniversary of the launch of This is What a Librarian Looks Like! Submissions have slowed down after the last year but we still added over 500 new photos! That's right! There are 1,294 photos from 36 different countries! We have have over 70,000 followers on Tumbrl!  What I've learned: Tumblr is great for submission, but terrible for indexing, searching, or just data period. Librarians rock! They are fire dancers, fire breathers, runners, swimmers, bicyclists, zombies, fairies, roller derby divas, football players, foodies, skiers, beer lovers, whiskery and gin Read more [...]

Disruption as Opportunity #OLASC14

On January 30, 2014 I delivered the Ontario College and University Library Association Spotlight speaker address at Ontario Library Association Superconference, Toronto Canada. As usual my slides are not intended to stand alone but I am posting them at the request of attendees and to provide easy to access to my references/recommended reading list. Enjoy! Disruption as Opportunity - Spotlight Speaker from Bobbi Newman References/Recommended Reading List Berry, J. M. (1984). The Interest Group Society. Boston: Little, Brown. Blanchard, K. H., & Bowles, S. M. (1993). Raving Fans: Read more [...]