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I just tell those patrons that nonfiction and graphic novels encourage reading, too. We all have different interests.
I made up little Fine Forgiveness cards as little prizes at today’s Chamber of Commerce lunch. Who is known for “founding” public libraries, what is our top borrowed eBook, and something about the Dewey Decimal System.
I got to speak for 30 minutes about libraries - our past, roots, false assumptions about libraries and communities, technology and our future. We’re so bad at marketing I’m always sad that no one knows about all the awesome things we offer! I thought it was important to lay the cards on the table and addressed the question,”what do we need libraries for if we have ebooks and google?” I shared lots of statistics about current usage and how we’re opening up communications for future planning. We even got a handful of members sign up for library cards!
I love talking to community groups. One member approached me afterward to suggest we do some outreach at his athletic clubs to let their members know about downloadable audiobooks (heck yeah!) & another asked when we’d start doing technology programming for adults (soon!).
I’ll never turn down a chance to talk about the library!
The best community engagement often happens outside the library!
I love this idea! It might make a nice little prize for winter reading for adults.
"When no one’s around I take my shoes off under the desk."
Hmm. I don’t even wait until nobody is around. As long as I’m in the staff room or behind the circ desk, I slip them off frequently and slide them back on to help patrons find things.
Today around noon, a man I didn’t recognize came into the library with several huge platters of food from a local restaurant.
"I thought I’d cater your staff’s lunch today!" he said, placing them on the counter. "You all helped me apply for a job last year…
The gratitude that people show makes the crap so worth it! We help people. Sometimes they feel entitled, but sometimes they’re grateful.
Heading into Thanksgiving week, I can’t forget to be grateful for being securely employed in a professional librarian job. It’s not where I thought I’d be when I started library school, but I must be grateful for the experience and knowledge I’m gaining every day.
In some ways I’ve made this…
"My MLIS program is being moved all online. I feel like I am being cheated out of my education."
Online learning isn’t for everyone, but it is not a lesser form of education. I was only able to earn my degree thanks to the program being offered online. I took 100% of my classes online and used what I learned while volunteering in a library. There was absolutely no way I could have attended classes on campus while working full time and being a single parent. As a non traditional graduate student, I knew that quitting my job to attend school and paying a babysitter wasn’t an option. I had to work harder to interact with my classmates, but since I also had a busy life outside of school, I didn’t need the social aspect of education. I wanted to learn and the on,one program filled that need.
i’m mad that people don’t seem to realize that in lots of cases in small towns, the public library is also a community center. we have programs for all ages, have movie nights, have themed events, and serve as meeting spots. children come into the library. public libraries are…
I couldn’t have said it better, myself!
And as such, a place for discursive conversation. Wherever did the notion of a silent library come from? People don’t share ideas without speech.
While teaching a smartphones class today, I mentioned that Pandora is a great app for listening to your own personal radio station. I used Maroon 5 as an example for getting a station of primarily their music. One of the elderly ladies declared that she already listens to it all the time on her iPhone. Another quickly downloaded the app and asked me, “How do I get Adam Levine on here?”