Author Archives: Bobbi Newman

SUSPECT – Like CRAAP for Apps

  I’ve been working on the section on mobile apps in Stand Up for Health, and I decided app evaluation needs an acronym like CRAAP and I came up with SUSPECT. If you’re considering other health-related mobile apps, it’s important to SUSPECT or ask the following questions Seeking – Why are you searching for an […]

The Unbearable Male Whiteness of Library Leadership

This post has been percolating in my mind for a while now. Probably since before I wrote that post about the LITA Top Tech Trends panels back in 2016.  A couple of things happened around the time of ALA MidWinter, that finally made me put fingers to a keyboard. A white male colleague and friend […]

October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?

Pew recently reported that health information is the second most searched online topic (1). Public libraries are on the frontlines of health information needs of their communities. Public libraries are often the only access to computers and/or broadband in their communities and are a trusted institution (2).  Technology and media literacy are important aspects of health […]

Updated ALA Surival Packing & Survival Tips for #ALAAC2017

After seeing a couple of tweets of an older version of this from 2013, I decided it’s time to update my 2014 post.  I travel quite a bit for work now, and I’ve picked up some new items and refined older practices. I put NEW next to new items or new models for those of […]

This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

A little over 5 years ago Erin and I launched This is What a Librarian Looks Like. Recently a book came out with the same name and a very similar format. Erin and I are no way involved with that book. I’m acknowledging Erin because it was a joint venture but I want to be clear that […]

The Book – Protecting Patron Privacy

I am so excited to announce that Protecting Patron Privacy: LITA Guide edited by me and Bonnie Tijerina is out! Description: Although privacy is one of the core tenets of librarianship, technology changes have made it increasingly difficult for libraries to ensure the privacy of their patrons in the 21st-century library.  This authoritative LITA Guide offers […]

The best way to start writing about libraries and health is just to begin

I haven’t blogged in so long that just the idea of writing something felt overwhelming. But the best way to start is to begin. Last July I shared that I had taken a position at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region office at the University of Iowa. I’ve spent the last 6 […]