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On orientation attitude: Two stories, a playlist and a top eleven list

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A couple of years back, I posted a little round-up of Orientation inspiration, gathering ideas from a few friends in the field. This year I find myself collecting creative ideas for my School Library Management class from blogs and tweets coming across my network in the form of an Orientation And Getting Ready For Action […]

ISTE Librarians Network Playground and the resources shared

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I arrived from ALA a bit too late to catch the excitement at the ISTE Librarians Playground yesterday, so I asked current and incoming ISTELib Network presidents Sherry Gick and Jonathan Werner to help describe the vibrant scene I caught at the tail end.     As it has been for the last several years, one of […]

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

It’s just the beginning of School Library Month.  Tweet it out! If you happen to be struggling for a few new ways to celebrate, don’t worry.  AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library […]

When Carla met Scott and how they talked leadership with our library school students


This past week I was honored to host a very special Colloquium at Rutgers School of Information and Communication. Tough Times–Troubled Choices gathered together: Scott Bonner, Library Director of the Ferguson, Missouri Public Library and Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Rutgers’ own Nancy […]

Librarians and social capital

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Last week I was honored to address the incoming members of the Rutgers Chapter of the Beta Phi Mu (the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society). I decided to attack the theme of social capital. In preparing the talk, I did a little experiment. My audience was predominantly promising new practitioners.  I wondered if […]

#whylib: sharing our origin stories

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Note/update: the #whylib origin stories are now being collected on this Padlet.  See the embed below.This weekend a new hashtag meme emerged as a result of a little Twitter conversation. Sherry Gick wrote to explain It happened during a casual Saturday morning Twitter convo, but I think it’s amazing!  #WhyLib is the new hashtag to […]

On closing one door and opening another.


Before I get started, I need to tell you that I am both honored and privileged to join the fine faculty at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. But I need to do a little sharing. A couple of weeks ago I said goodbye.  For the second time in my career, I didn’t […]

Librarians unite! Create a Harry Potter Alliance Library Chapter


Mess with libraries and you mess with democracy!  Dumbledore’s Army has got your back.      Andrew Slack. At ALA yesterday, Andrew Slack (activist and kid from the neighborhood) suggested that librarians join forces with the HPA to revolutionize civic engagement by starting chapters in our libraries. Not only did Andrew lend his support to Barb Stripling’s […]

Librarians in the digital age and an infographic round-up

The USC Master of Library and Information Management program recently published, Librarians in the Digital Age,  an infographic that describes what librarians and library services look like today and may serve as motivation for young people to consider library school at USC and beyond. I spoke with Jaclyn Lambert, who worked with the University of Southern […]

YALSA’s Call to Action!


It is a moral imperative for libraries to leverage their skills and resources to effect positive change and better the lives of millions of teens. In turn, libraries will be providing an invaluable service to their community and position themselves as an indispensable community resource. Executive Summary: The Future of Library Services for and with […]