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 [...]

On Lean In – Did Sandberg Forget that Some Women (and Men) are Childless?

This is meant not as a harsh criticism but rather a gentle reminder to Sheryl Sandberg. I enjoyed Lean In and I agree with, and relate to, a great deal of what Sandberg says. Sheryl – there are women in the workplace, and at home, who do not have children for one reason or another and we would like a seat at your table. I almost didn’t read Lean In. When it came out I was finishing up the semester and I read some of the critiques of it. But I must have placed a hold at the public library and my turn on the list came around right as the semester ended so I thought why not? I really enjoyed Read more [...]

My 2013 Summer Reading Books List

My reading list for the summer of 2013, there are over 30 books on this list. It is unlikely I will read them all. It is likely I will read books that are not on this list. Some of these books I have already read, or read portions of, but would like to reread all or part of. The books are no particular order. Some of them are related to my library interests, some are related to my political science interests, some to my communications interests, and some are just general interest. Enjoy :-) Brown, Brene I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Read more [...]