Cool and Unusual Libraries Around the World

Calling all bibliophiles! If you’re reading this blog, it’s likely you have a strong affinity for libraries. Are you the kind of person who travels somewhere and just has to stop into the local library to see how their children/teen/reference department looks? Then this month’s post is for you.

Summer Reading Programs – What Works?

As we get ever-closer to summer recess, it’s time for my annual post about summer reading programs at public libraries. Summertime marks a respite for school librarians and the peak season for public librarians. As mentioned in my 2016 post , the three-month interim between academic sessions affords public librarians the opportunity to maintain literary engagement with […]

3 Current Library Tech Trends

If you’ve done any job-hunting recently, you have probably noticed that any and every library position lists tech competencies under ‘qualifications.’ From school media specialists to public librarians to instructional support specialists, our craft entails a working knowledge of tech trends and systems. It is our responsibility as library professionals (and often a component of […]

Library Marketing and Outreach

Hello readers! Regardless of what type of library in which you are currently working or hope to be employed, one of the crucial skills of a modern librarian is marketing. As much as we fervent librarians would like to believe that if only we offer programming that is exciting and innovative we will attract the […]

Why join a library association?

Hello Readers, If you’ve been reading this blog you are now aware of the many different forms of librarianship and the overall skills required for each specialty. Just as there are a plethora of focuses in librarianship, there are also library associations which coincide with them all over the world. This month, I’m here to […]

Pottermania!

It would be remiss of me as a librarian to fail to mention the current resurgence of ‘Pottermania.’ Just as a refresher, the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in July of 2007 – nearly 10 years ago. The excitement that accompanied each of Rowling’s […]

Back to Print?

  We live in an age of limitless distraction. Our attention spans are shorter for a lot of reasons – such as the impact of social media on how we connect with others, the way we consume media (especially news) and our overall reliance on various devices (phantom vibration syndrome has happened to me!). It […]

Librarian Salaries – Who Makes the Most?

So you’re considering librarianship but you’re on the fence about which field you’d like to enter. Who knew there were so many options when it comes to being a librarian? There are public librarians, school librarians, archivists, law librarians, museum librarians, college librarians,…the list goes on. While all of these different focuses fall under the […]

3 Library Trends Worth Noticing

As you navigate through library school or start off your career, there are various trends emerging at libraries across the country that are worth acknowledging. Whether tech-oriented or community-friendly, these trends ensure that public libraries remain relevant. They are also prevalent in school and university libraries as well. No longer just about reading or research, […]

Important Book Awards

There are certain awards and honors given to pivotal books each year by the American Library Association. Public librarians as well as school librarians should be conscious of these awards and make an effort to read as many of the listed selections as possible.