Why Librarians Don’t Want to Buy Your Self-Published Book

When a self-published author contacts someone in the collection development department at my library, we let out a collective groan. Inevitably, our answer to the request to add their book to our collection will feel personal, which is awkward. It will definitely mean more work for us no matter what, and for¬†acquisitions and cataloging staff… Continue reading Why Librarians Don’t Want to Buy Your Self-Published Book

Tips for Balancing Work + Life and Choosing Professional Commitments Wisely

It started slowly. When I made this crazy, life-changing decision to become a librarian, I dipped my toe in the waters of professional service by blogging for YALSA’s The Hub. I’ve written 36 posts for The Hub since October of 2012 and I’m still writing for them now. It’s been such a great way to… Continue reading Tips for Balancing Work + Life and Choosing Professional Commitments Wisely

Social Media & Libraries: Facebook (Part 2)

Recently, someone asked this Libraries and Social Media Facebook Group if anyone from Lawrence Public Library would like to share how we operate our Facebook page. In the first installment of this series, I wrote about how we approach social media and what our routine entailed, but now I’d like to share some concrete ideas… Continue reading Social Media & Libraries: Facebook (Part 2)

Libraries & Social Media: Facebook (Part 1)

If you do social media for your library and are not a member of this Facebook group,¬†you better correct that. It’s a great place to share ideas and articles and discuss social media in libraries. I try to check in regularly, even though I am more of a twitter and tumblr user personally. A few… Continue reading Libraries & Social Media: Facebook (Part 1)

Social Media and Libraries: The Case of the Overdue Library Book

I’ve been wanting to write about several aspects of social media in libraries, but all these posts are still sitting in my drafts folder. I’m interested in the subject and always looking to learn more about how libraries can use social media to meet the information needs of patrons, market their service, and embed themselves… Continue reading Social Media and Libraries: The Case of the Overdue Library Book