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 [...]

Updated ALA Survival Tips and Packing Suggestions for #ALA2013

About two years ago I gave up on lugging around a big checked 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 to be honest, I liked the challenge. The first few trips were nerve racking but after I got used to it 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 eleven year old roller bag I picked up at Costco as part of a set. I usually still manage Read more [...]

To Import or Not Import: That is the Question. On Importing Facebook and Twitter Comments to Blog Posts

When I published my recommended reading post Sunday reactions to it on Facebook and Twitter brought home an issue I had noticed for a while now - more people responding on Facebook and Twitter and less on the blog. 99.9% of the time I am completely ok with this - I know comments are not a sign of success and I'm happy to have a conversation wherever it happens. But. In the case of the recommended reading list some of the responses were additional book recommendations and I really wanted those on the blog. That way more people could see them, and they'd be preserved on the post rather than floating past on Read more [...]

Recommended Reading for New and Not-So-New Librarians

I came across this post from Carl Grant on Sunday and felt like it was serendipity - the semester is almost over and on Saturday I had posted that it was time start working on my summer reading list. Carl talks about his encounter with a stranger in an airport and using her remark that librarianship is a dying profession as an opportunity to show her the value of libraries and librarians. My impression of the story is that he does it in a personal way - demonstrating how libraries can help HER. Having done this very same thing myself many times I could relate to Carl's story and approach, so Read more [...]

What Can We Learn From Pew’s Changing World of Librarians

Lee Raine's April 24, 2013 presentation to DC/SLA The presentation includes 3 technology revolutions and their impact on libraries: broadband internet access, mobile access, and the digital revolution. Plus some megatakeaways from Pew's research on libraries in the digital age. Some of it is good news and some of it looks like areas of opportunity. 1. People love their libraries even more for what they say about their communities than for how libraries meet personal needs 91% say libraries are important to their communities 76% say libraries are important to them and their families Great Read more [...]

Guide to National Digital Literacy and Digital Divide Initiatives

Earlier this year the Chief Officers of State Library Associations (COSLA) released the "COSLA Guide to National Projects: to Digital literacy, Broadband Adoption,and Digital Inclusion". They have done a great job of bringing together projects that address digital literacy and the digital divide. The report outlines the summary, core objectives, administration information, and project details including target audience milestones and deliverable. If you are interest in national (US) digital literacy and divide efforts it is a great resource. Programs included: ALA's Office for Read more [...]

This Transliterate Life

I delivered this keynote at the All Tech Considered: Navigating through multiliteracies, Houston Community College Faculty Conference on February 2, 2013 This Transliterate Life from Bobbi Newman References Andretta, S. (2009). Transliteracy: Take a walk on the wild side. In World Library and Information Congress: 75 th IFLA Genreal Conference and Assembly, Milan, Italy: 23-27. Ipri, T. (2010) Introducing Transliteracy. College & Research Libraries News, 71(10), 532-567. Karp, J. (2010, Oct 25). What is this buzz word “transliteracy”? (Blog) Newman, B., et al. (2011). Read more [...]