Make your own READ poster & Superhero

It's Friday, I have to work this weekend, so let's have a little fun. I saw the Read posters popping up all over yesterday, so this morning I grabbed some of my favorite books and got a coworker to snap a photo. Some of the other staff are making their own too, you'll be able to see them over a MRRL's Flickr account. You can make your own here Last night I noticed one of my flickr friends had a superhero on his photostream and a link to where he made it. Since for me "Librarian by Day" is full of superhero implications (Barbara Gordon, anyone?) I had to make one of my own! Make yours Read more [...]

I work with some amazing people!

I know I could be busier but right now it's hard to imagine how. :) Between the regular duties of my work week (including working this weekend) I'm putting finishing touches on the 4 day workshop on Web 2.0 that I'll be teaching next week. Four days is a long time to talk, even for me, even as a cohost. Despite that I have to take some time to acknowledge some amazing coworkers. Our Collection Development Librarian / Reference Manager / Teen Services Manager has started blogging for the Day in the Life Project! She was first introduced to blogging back in Learning 2.0 so she had a blog, Read more [...]

NEKLS Tech Day

Thank you to Brenda, Josh, Erin, Scott, Sharon, Heather, Kate, David and everyone else who welcomed me and, even more important, did not point and laugh when I confessed my clothes closet is organized by a serious system including color, sleeve length, style and whether it was a "work" item.  :)   I saw a lot of great gadgets, attended a session by Royce Kitts & Eric Gustafson on gaming in the library and one with Brenda Hough on Getting the Technology Training.  David Lee King gave a thought provoking presentation on Emerging Trends.    The keynote by Michael Porter was way more Read more [...]

What advice do you have for an aspiring librarian?

Last week as I was writing for the Day in the Life Project I got an email from Shannon asking for professional advice, since I'm not a School Librarian, I feel ill equipped to give it.  Instead I suggested that I post the questions on my blog for other librarians to answer.  I know we're a really great group people that love to give advice!  Shannon said she was up for it, so here is a modified version of her email. Hi my name is Shannon. I got your email from your blog that was listed on the Day in the life of a librarian wiki. I just wanted to know if you could give me some advice on switching Read more [...]

Using a wiki for Reader’s Advisory

One of the first things we started when I came to MRRL was create online Reader's Advisory lists for patrons.  We've used a couple of different services for this in the last 3 years, but they cost money and were controlled by outside vendors.  Earlier this year I was looking for funding to be able to add some new services and it occurred to me that the Library could save money by using a wiki to provide What to Read Next list.  I got the go ahead from the director, we installed Mediawiki and  I've been busy coding.  So I'm pleased to announce the new Reader's Advisory wiki.  It is Read more [...]

Day in the life of a librarian – Summary

As of writing this (10:30 am central time 7/19/08 ) there are over 30 people signed up on the wiki (thank you again Lori for having the smarts to make one!) I hope this can be an ongoing project with new people continuing to sign up and maybe people who participated now can do it again. I've read some really great posts and I'm not even though them all yet.  I do have to point out somone who took a different approach to the Project. One of the other Librarians at MPOW has agreed to do a series of guest posts about her week July 28th - August 1st.  She is our Collection Development Read more [...]

Friday & Saturday – days in the life of a librarian

Friday Technically I'm off because I work this coming weekend.  I cleaned the apartment, cooked, went to the gym.  I also check  all email accounts and see a request from one of the other Librarians, she needs someone to cover the Reference Desk for her Monday, I was planning on taking Monday off, but I tell her if she can't find anyone else I'll do.  I end up doing it for her, which moves my day off to Friday Time to work on presentations!  I'm cohosting a 4 day workshop (pdf) coming up that is hosted by MOREnet & the Missouri State Library teaching Librarians about how they Read more [...]

Thursday part 2 – a day in the life of a libarian

Thursday 7/17/08 7:30 coffee in hand I hit the computer to see what happened while I slept.  I check my email accounts, Twitter, & FriendFeed.  One of my Twitter friends lets me know the Day in the Life project made it into American Libraries Direct. Sweet! But I feel a bit nervous. 8:30 Now I'm just playing around, on the net, checking blogs etc.  I don't have to be to work until 11 today, I work till 9pm tonight. 8:50 Time to get ready for work!  I'll be back when I arrive at the library. 10:40 arrive in the office, check voicemail; I have a message from another librarian Read more [...]