Author Archives: Oleg K.

Summer Reading 2014

Summer went from June 21 to September 21, which was about 13 weeks. During that time, I read or listened to 19 books, which makes almost a book-and-a-half a week. Not a bad reading season. Some great ones too, this … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Librarian by Gloria Rozier

Gloria is a screenwriter who I met at the West Hollywood Library. After a meeting in which we discussed one of her screenplays, she told me a story about her first experience at the library. Because I think her experience … Continue reading

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Spring Reading 2014

Spring in 2014 went from 20 March – 20 June. In that 12 weeks, I read and/or listened to 16 books. A productive season. My favorite books of the Spring were my re-reading of Death Comes to the Archbishop, The … Continue reading

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5 Essential Customer-Service Tips

Some people are great at cuddling up in their cubicle and designing something beautiful, others shine in with numbers and esoteric policies, my thing has always been customer service. Whether as a teenager helping at my local library’s book sale, … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why I Like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Since April 2013 (with a month away due to a neck injury) I have been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at Street Sports in Santa Monica. I came into the school out-of-shape and ready to learn, and so far I am … Continue reading

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Winter Reading 2014

Winter 2014 runs from December 21st to March 19th, just short of 12 weeks. It’s about 4 weeks in and I’ve read seven books so far. With the exception of Resonate and Fool’s Gold, it has thus far been an … Continue reading

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On Solving the Library’s Homeless “Problem”

There have been many articles over the years both in the mainstream press and in academic journals tackling the subject of homelessness in libraries. Having worked in urban libraries for the majority of my library career both as a Page … Continue reading

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Top 3 Presentation Tips (That Aren’t Content-Related)

Some would say that “Content is King” and everything else plays second-fiddle when delivering presentations. I vehemently disagree. As a person with plenty of public speaking experience (I’m a former President of a Toastmaster’s Club), who has seen many great … Continue reading

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Fall Reading 2013

Below are the twelve (or so) books I am looking to read in the twelve and a half weeks between September 22nd – December 20th. It’s going to be approximately a book a week, but I think I can manage … Continue reading

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Remembering Rockstar Librarians Of History

How many librarians of the past can you name? I’m not talking about Casanova or Benjamin Franklin (not a librarian, btw), I’m talking about real actual working librarians — the leaders of library service in your state or country. Sure, … Continue reading

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