This is What a Librarian Looks Like – 3 Years and Counting

The three year anniversary of This is What a Librarian Looks Like came and went in February. I love this project! It's not about shoes, or fashion, or books, but about librarians showing the world what they love and what makes them tick. That sometimes includes shoes, and fashion, and books, but sometimes not. We have fire dancers, fire breathers, runners, swimmers, bicyclists, scuba divers, sky divers, zombies, fairies, roller derby divas, football players, foodies, skiers, beer lovers, whiskey and gin drinkers. Librarians come from all over the world, in all shapes, sizes, ages, races, and Read more [...]

FCC 2015 Broadband Progress Report Compared to 2012

The FCC released it's 2015 Broadband Progress Report in February. I was please to see that the benchmark speeds for broadband were reclassified from 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps speeds (which were ridiculous) to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. This of course changed how broadband availability and adoption is calculate. I put together a visual comparison of progress from their previous report from 2012.   It doesn't look good, I don't know what the progress would look like if they had maintained the 4/1 speeds, but a safe guess is much better. While the change in speed requirements Read more [...]

New Project! I Freaking Love Libraries!

I am so excited to finally announce I Freaking Love Libraries! This idea has been in the works for over a year. What: A new site to celebrate the awesomeness is that is libraries in all forms. Where: On Tumblr, or Twitter, or Facebook. Get updates delivered via RSS or email Who: Anyone who has something awesome about libraries to share - an image, a news story a quote, data, facts, research, whatever, head over to the submissions page and share something. Your hosts are Bobbi Newman, Dan Messer, and Michael Sauers. We will be approving submissions and creating posts. A HUGE Thank Read more [...]

Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

I had the honor of delivering the keynote at the Lexington County Public Library this week. 10/18/2014 update: I was very impressed with the administration and staff at the library. There were so many great things about this trip but I want to point out two. First, each branch provided a passive programming idea that was on display throughout staff day, you can see the photos on Flickr. Second, I especially enjoyed how much they got into the Star Wars theme for their staff day event, having a fun theme really brought everything together! Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries Read more [...]

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 media studies. 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 [...]