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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 […]

Tackling the questions in 2014

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I love Jennifer LaGarde’s idea of beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions. Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.) The lovely part about this whole social media thing is that we can attack […]

I am a {social} librarian

In case you missed it when it was posted in August, here’s a cool infographic published by the folks at Elsevier, that describes the way I see my position. The original post explained: Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric […]

The view from my circ desk vs. stories of heartbreaking inequity

It’s the close of the school day. I am sitting at the circ desk looking out at our library where our kids have access to more than 85 computers and assorted devices and tools for reading, research and creation. I am thinking about the great week we had: scanning curation sites for breaking news, honing filtered searches […]