Category Libraries

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 […]

A List of Female Technology Experts in Libraries

    Last month I saw this A List of Female Technology Policy Experts making the rounds on Twitter. Which was inspired by this tweet: If you’re writing about gov hacking and only citing men– PSA: @evacide, @granick, @Riana_Crypto, @Susan_Hennessey all worth talking to. — Amie Stepanovich (@astepanovich) August 23, 2016 I immediately thought back […]

Joining the Team at the University of Iowa Libraries and the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted a position at the University of Iowa. I will be the Community Outreach Librarian from the Great Midwest Region of the National Network of Medical Libraries. I will be developing and promoting outreach and education within communities in the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of […]

The Problems with the LITA Top Tech Trends Panels

I didn’t make it to ALA’s Midwinter this year, and, truth be told, I haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening there. But yesterday morning as I was going through my post-workout post-shower routine someone sent me a private message about the LITA Top Tech Trends panel. I went to Twitter to check out the […]

What Happens to Library Employees When We Fall Prey to the Competition Fallacy?

First, let me get this out of the way – libraries are not in competition with tech companies such as Google and Amazon.  You only need to look at the search results for “what really happened to dinosaurs?” to know Google isn’t doing the best job answering reference questions. And sure they might not be […]