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 [...]

Tips, Must Haves, and Where to Eat and Drink for #alamw14

Unfortunately I won't be in Philly but I've updated my suggestions for those who are going. First, I don't check a bag when I travel, I haven't for years, so many of my suggestions are based on maximizing the space I do have. I usually still manage to bring several pairs of shoes though I stick to comfortable ones for big conferences like ALA. These are the things I can NOT live without at conferences External battery for your mobile and/or tablet- I cannot express enough love for this device. Seriously go buy one right now! Even if you ignore all the rest of my advice!  It’s Read more [...]

New Pew Report on the Value of Public Libraries in Communities

This morning Pew Internet & American Life released the latest report on libraries in the digital age. "How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities" reports on the value of libraries services to their community. The vast majority of Americans ages 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities: 95% of Americans ages 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed; 95% say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy Read more [...]

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 [...]