Category Librarians

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What Happens to Library Employees When We Fall Prey to the Competition Fallacy?

First, let me get this out of the way – libraries are not in competition with tech companies such as Google and Amazon.  You only need to look at the search results for “what really happened to dinosaurs?” to know Google isn’t doing the best job answering reference questions. And sure they might not be […]

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 […]

It Takes a Library: It is Time to Change the Tone of the Conversation About the Future of Libraries #ittakesalibrary

Last night Emily Lloyd tweeted Hashtag I’d like to see: #ittakesalibrary. Especially in place of #savelibraries. — Emily Lloyd (@PoesyGalore) June 6, 2013 YES THIS PLEASE! It is past time to change the tone of the conversation around the future of libraries. Nina McHale wrote  I hope that in five years, the person next to […]

Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian?

I recently posted to Facebook Dear ALA, Library Journal, and others: I have an MLS. I paid good money for it. I earned it. I am a librarian. Forever. The fact that I do not currently (nor may ever again) work in a library does not change that fact. Please make room for me on […]

Looks Like Library Science After One Year

Erin and I announced Looks Like Library Science open for submission a little over a year ago on February 13th. This project has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo! If you haven’t submitted a photo – you still can – see instructions at the end. I’ve learned that Tumblr is great […]

You Can Not Do More With Less – Less for Libraries Means Less For Our Communities and They Deserve More

Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing. Two years ago George Needham was a speaker at my library’s staff day. I’m not sure these were his exact words, but it is pretty close and you get the idea. It stuck with me. Libraries and […]

What a Librarian Looks Like Passes 450 Submissions & 25 Countries – You Guys Rock!

It has been just over a month since Erin and I launched This is What a Librarian Looks Like. This is a fun, light-hearted project is a complement to the Library Day in the Life Project with the simple purpose of highlighting librarians with “photos of real librarians in their real lives doing real stuff”. It has been so […]


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