It feels strange to return to blogging after almost a year away. I have drifted away from it for a number of reasons: changes in my personal life, a job with a different focus, putting my time and focus elsewhere both consciously and unconsciously, and making space for new bloggers. Over the years I have mostly blogged on topics related to the work I was … Continue reading Bringing Wellness into the Library Workplace
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 app? Does this app do something you want or need? … Continue reading SUSPECT – Like CRAAP for Apps
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 reached out to “pick my brain” about a startup idea … Continue reading The Unbearable Male Whiteness of Library Leadership
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 literacy. Over 75% of those seeking health information start a search … Continue reading October is Health Literacy Month, How will your library participate?
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 you who had seen this before but left much of … Continue reading Updated ALA Surival Packing & Survival Tips for #ALAAC2017
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 I am not speaking for Erin in this post or … Continue reading This Is What A Librarian Looks Like
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 readers guidance on a wide range of topics, including Foundations … Continue reading The Book – Protecting Patron Privacy