Category Archives: Librarianship

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How to Promote Library Events

One of the most difficult parts of the job for many librarians is to draw an audience for the programs they offer at their libraries. They seem to do everything right: schedule the program well in advance, create fifty copies … Continue reading

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On Commitment in Librarianship

On Friday, June 17th, my job at the Lancaster Regional Library is coming to an end. This has caused me to spend some time lately thinking about my first year and three months as a professional librarian. Though my hour-long … Continue reading

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ALA Election Participation Survey – Results

[Quick Hits — This is a fairly long post. If you’re pressed for time: Skim the intro, take in the percentages of questions one and two, read question three, skim conclusion. Download .pdf of whole post for later.] Introduction A … Continue reading

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Public Libraries Make People’s Lives Better

Despite the obvious mission of public libraries, the unmeasured and often unmentioned return-on-investment with regards to them is the effect they have on the quality-of-life of the population which they serve. Individual and group happiness are only recently becoming viewed … Continue reading

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Phil Shapiro on Creative Libraries – A Partial Bibliography

In his post, Is It Time To Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries And Make “TechShops”? over at Make, Philip Torrone wrote about making libraries more useful by transforming them into “…factories that help make people who want to learn and … Continue reading

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How to Begin Your Research

[a printable .pdf of this article is available here] As a librarian working in an area surrounded by educational institutions of all levels, I am often approached by students looking for help in beginning their research. It is surprising to … Continue reading

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My Dream Job: Special Projects Librarian

I enjoy the holiday season because of the lively mood, cheerful colors, and the chance to hug people wearing sweaters. What I don’t care much for anymore is gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving cards with a personal … Continue reading

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What We Know: Advocating the Tangible Knowledge of Librarians

In between reading The Oxford Guide to Library Research (discovered via and the The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating, I am reminded that, as a profession, librarians do have a body of tangible knowledge that is unique to … Continue reading

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Starting and Running a Fantastic Writers’ Group

This was first posted on the County of Los Angeles Public Library Staff Blog in September 2010. There are a number of programs that have become standards for libraries; concerts, book clubs, story times, afternoon movies are all relatively easy … Continue reading

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The Future of Collection Development

1 – A few days ago, a high school student and his mother came to the reference desk in need of research assistance for an important paper on a semi-famous literary figure. Without thinking twice, I began to show them … Continue reading

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