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A librarian, writer and educator reflecting on the profession and the tools we use to serve our patrons

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My year in books 2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:50:02 +0000

(image) Reading this year has been so many things for me. An escape. A way to educate myself. A way to see my own struggles in a different way through another’s story. A way to understand the struggles of others. A way to better understand where I came from. This year I think I’ve read more than ...

Saying goodbye to the Library Success Wiki

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:46:26 +0000

(image) In July 2005, on the heels of the successful ALA Annual 2005 Wiki, I developed the Library Success Wiki. Here’s what I said about it then: “I would like this wiki to be a one-stop-shop for inspiration. All over the country, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one ...

The ballad of the sad instruction librarian

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:22:44 +0000

(image) It’s been a busy Fall term so far and I haven’t had much time to spend on Twitter, but I usually check it first thing every morning. When I did one day last week, this thread caught my eye: Sitting in a FB thread of professors complaining (nicely) about unqualified librarians doing shitty instruction sessions. ...

Framework Freakout presentation and Questions Answered

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:00:04 +0000

(image) Last week, I gave an online presentation about the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for the ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee. It was entitled Framework Freakout: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Live with the Framework. Way more people attended than I’d expected (you know how webinars go) and it ended up being ...

The dangers of the backchannel: my observations from the #ACRL2017 hashtag

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:43:21 +0000

(image) When I took my current job at PCC almost three years ago, I gained so many things: work I love, amazing engaged colleagues, a mission I identify with, terrific students, and great faculty collaborators. One of the things I lost was sufficient professional development funding. I haven’t attended an out-of-state conference in almost three years, and while ...

Holding to our values during difficult times

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:40:53 +0000

(image) I write a lot in my American Libraries column about library values, particularly those around access and privacy. My latest column (Jan/Feb 17), which should be out soon online just also came out this morning, is a love letter to critical librarianship in which I share my conviction (shared by many) that libraries are not ...

2016 wasn’t all bad

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:40:17 +0000

(image) As I alluded to in my last post, this year was a difficult one for me personally that ended up turning out for the better. I know that many of us have felt dispirited and beaten down since the election and feel like 2016 was a flaming dumpster fire of a year, so I’ve decided ...

My year in reading 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:58:18 +0000

(image) 2016 has been one hell of a year. It started out for me with optimistic giddiness, then crashed into the land of extreme stress and fear and stayed there rather longer than I would have liked. But what I’d thought was the end of so many good things in my life actually marked the beginning ...