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Ask a Librarian: When do you touch a patron’s computer?

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:34:13 +0000

Conversation with my friend Peter (in italics) about teaching technology and when it’s okay or even helpful to touch a patron’s device. Slightly edited. I run a drop-in time weekly during the school year where people can come and ask … Continue reading



Ask a Librarian: New Library Director Advice?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:51:46 +0000

An old one from the inbox about starting as a new, youngish library director in an established library. Here are some quick links and things to think about: 1. How to manage smart people. http://www.scottberkun.com/essays/28-how-to-manage-smart-people/ If your staff is smart, … Continue reading



Ask a Librarian: How do smaller libraries work together to get economies of scale?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:32:34 +0000

Someone I work with at Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab asked me for examples of smaller rural libraries working together to “combine forces” to get more done. I realized that for someone outside the library world, the breakdown of state libraries, … Continue reading



Ask a librarian: My library is requiring proof of citizenship to get a library card. How do I fight back?

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:46:12 +0000

Question from an author who recently learned that her library is requiring proof of citizenship for patrons to get library cards. She wanted to know what she could do about that. I’m sorry the library where you’re from is doing … Continue reading



Ask a librarian: How do I learn tech skills in a fun and interesting way?

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:39:46 +0000

One of the things I do a lot lately is write email to people who ask me librarian-type questions. Sometimes the answers are more widely applicable and I figured I should note them somewhere. This was a reply to a … Continue reading



the system, sort of working

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:35:23 +0000

I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my newsletter lately. You might like to read it but I do still post here from time to time and I keep my talks list and my booklist updated. This week I … Continue reading



librarian diplomacy

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:28:29 +0000

I am, like many librarians, sort of a crabby nitpicker about some things. I think there are optimal ways to do things, particularly with technology. I have, over the past 20+ years of helping people, gotten better at working with … Continue reading



a talk of mine, in comic form

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:07:02 +0000

virtruletka18.ru Never had one of these done for a talk I’ve given before. I did more of a write-up on my experiences giving three talks in a week (every specific thing was great but the overall busyness was a little … Continue reading



2016 in work and money

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:03:18 +0000

This post leaves me dissatisfied with pie chart makers and is as much a note to myself as anyone else who will read it. Last year was a weird year for work. I picked up a bunch of odd consulting … Continue reading



2016 reading list and commentary

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:44:45 +0000

I started 71 books this year and finished 68. I feel good about not finishing those three. I should really not-finish more books to be honest. I try to read most evenings and most mornings with varying success. I also … Continue reading



2016 in libraries

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:54:16 +0000

I’m a firm believer of eating your own dog food. Meaning if you say stuff about libraries (and I do), then make sure you go to them as if going to them was your JOB (and I do). Don’t just … Continue reading



The things I will miss about Open Library

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:25:16 +0000

I put it on my newsletter and up on TILT (my online magazine? Whatever that is) but I left my job at Open Library this week. This is bittersweet since I left because I could not get the hours to … Continue reading



Idea for now: Library Freedom Playbook

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:25:48 +0000

(note: this idea is not mine, I am merely running with it after it was mentioned on a mailing list I am on) In these weird times where people are very unsure who to trust and even less sure how … Continue reading



Upcoming events and reflections on newsletters

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:48:24 +0000

I’ve spread myself a little thin. Which is not at all bad but it’s been an interesting few months to try to sort out what goes where. This blog has been going since April of 1999. Since that time I’ve … Continue reading



the problem with digitally divided government

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:58:26 +0000

[another edited post from a mailing list discussing digitally divided citizens. Some people were reflecting that their elected officials don’t remember being offline. In Vermont we have a different issue] In Vermont where, at least where I live, ​our elected … Continue reading