Category Archives: Libraries

Teen Scavenger Hunts

Somehow in the less than a year I’ve been the Teen Librarian at the JMRL Central Library I have become the resident Scavenger Hunt Expert. It certainly was never one of my professional goals. But scavenger hunts are fun ways … Continue reading

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Goodreads: The Good And The Bad

I’ve been a stubborn user of LibraryThing for a number of years and have been resisting the move to Goodreads. I liked the cataloging options at LibraryThing. But I realized that the people, including other YA librarians, were on Goodreads. … Continue reading

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Measuring Success

The last 5 months have been nothing if not challenging! Looking back, I almost feel the same emotion I felt after completing the hiking trail in this picture – amazement that I’ve succeeded as well as I have. There have … Continue reading

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Barriers to Government Services

For most people who are comfortable using a computer, the shift to accessing government services online can actually be a convenience. You can update your resume on USAjobs or change your address on your driver’s license at 10 pm in … Continue reading

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Where Are We Going, And How Will We Know When We Get There?

As I’ve started my new job, one of my first major tasks was planning programs for the Fall. Programs are a large part of what we do. But I think sometimes we get into a rut. Or we have ideas … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

New beginnings can be both exciting and scary. In the last few weeks, I’ve embarked on a major new beginning – a new job in a new city. Summer always seems to fly by. But with all of that excitement, … Continue reading

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That Might Just Be Opportunity in Disguise

I was recently selected for a professional position that fell through after I had already resigned from my previous job. The reasons aren’t important. But the process forced me to re-evaluate my approach to librarianship and professional development. After briefly … Continue reading

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STEM Programming in Libraries

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Programs are a hot topic these days. There is a real push to offer more science and technology types of programs and events. It’s a trend in education and among non-profit organizations for children. But … Continue reading

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My Digital Book Shelves

Book lovers have several options for tracking what they’ve read and their reactions to books. Perhaps the best known is Goodreads. But for the past several years, I have been using LibraryThing. LibraryThing goes beyond just talking about and rating … Continue reading

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New Year’s Reflections

It’s that time again. Time to reflect on the past year and look ahead, setting goals for the new year. Upon review, my progress with last year’s resolutions was mixed. Rather than bemoan what didn’t happen, I’d prefer to focus … Continue reading

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