Please Help These Iowa Students Get 1.5 Million Postcards

As many of you know I returned to my home state of Iowa a couple of years ago. I love my home state, there are a lot of great things happening here, and I try to support as many as I can. I grew about less than half an hour from Danville, so I'm happy to share this project.  Please consider sending a postcard and let them know you're a librarian (or not) and where you work and live! From the flyer Anne Frank’s Iowa Connection – Few know it but the most famous face in the Holocaust had a pen pal in Danville, Iowa named Juanita Wagner. Anne sent a letter and a postcard from her vast collection Read more [...]

Accufest Keynote On the Future of Libraries

I spoke at the Accufest conference in Heidlerberg Germany this month. It was a wonderful experience.  It is a small conference focused on publishers. I delivered a presentation on libraries (see below) and Cameron Neylon from PLOS delivered a presentation on open access. ACCUFEST is an event organized by ACCUCOMS for publishers. ACCUFEST provides publishers with the latest information on countries, regions, market trends and ACCUCOMS’ services.  In addition, ACCUFEST offers a unique opportunity for publishers to discuss current topics and trends with other industry specialists. My presentation Read more [...]

Marketing Message – Public Libraries Helped 297.6 Million People in 2010

  One of the benefits of traveling is the exposure to new experiences and ideas. On my way back from Germany I filled my water bottle at water fountain that had a spout specifically for water bottles and it had this counter above it. My brain immediately started whirling - why don't libraries do something like this? Not for water bottles of course.  It would be easy to add into displays and convey a great marketing message easily.  It makes library data freely available to patrons (stop hiding it in boring reports to board members) and creates a sticky talking point. A few of the Read more [...]

It Is Banned Books Week – What is Your Favorite Challenged Book?

This week is National Banned Books Week. So what is your favorite challenged book? Looking through the lists I'm hard pressed to pic just one Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Bridge to Terabithia, Go Ask Alice, A Light in the Attic, and so many more. If you're not familiar with Banned Books Week here is some info from ALA  About Banned Books Week Background Information from 2000 to 2009:  Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. 1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material; 1,291 challenges due Read more [...]

A New Twitter Handle

In case you missed the announcement I have changed my Twitter handle from @libarianbyday to @bobbinewman. With my return to school and new adventures in political communication, policy, and of course some of the old - digital literacy, digital divide, broadband, and libraries I have been struggling with what to do about Twitter for some time. Librarianbyday no longer felt right. I haven't worked in a library in over 2 years, though I do still work with libraries. I felt like I needed something that reflected the diversity of all my interests. I considered creating a new account, a separate account Read more [...]

Aspen Institute Announces Dialogue on Public Libraries

A couple of weeks ago The Aspen Institute announced a "working group to shape vision for public libraries." I get pretty excited about groups that are not libraries working on the future of libraries especially policy and research focused groups. I am really looking forward to reading what comes out of this dialogue. If you are not familiar with the The Aspen Institute it is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. This new  multi-year Read more [...]

Recommendations for Digital Literacy Program and Libraries

I am pleased to report that ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force (of which I was a member, it has disbanded) released the final Conclusions and Recommendations for Digital Literacy Programs and Libraries. You can download the full report and read the blog post at Digital Dispatch. I have highlighted some sections I believe are the most important specifically sections related to libraries as powerful partners in their communities, working with others on digital literacy issues and demonstrating the attractiveness of libraries as partners in their communities   the importance of a culture Read more [...]

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 one of us on a flight won't say, "Do we need libraries, since everything is online?" They'll get, instinctively, the inherent value of not just libraries, but LIBRARIANS to society. Let's not wait five years. Let's start working to make that happen today. One of Read more [...]

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 your surveys etc. Thank you. Bobbi, MLS Forever. Then I made this Then someone at ALA sent me a message saying they completely agreed with me and asked me what this meant to me. How does an ALA that supports librarians who do not currently work in libraries look to me. Which I thought was a great response and a completely Read more [...]