Bookish Adventures in Seattle

What does a bookworm do with a ton of free time in a big city (aside from reading, that is)? This week I've tagged along with my husband while he attends and speaks at SharePoint Fest in Seattle, Washington. As the conference takes up most of the morning and afternoon, I've been left to wander … Continue reading Bookish Adventures in Seattle

Poetry on the Move

We're trying something crazy and new at my library: we've broken poetry books out of the 800's nonfiction! Is that crazy? Is it new? Well, when asked in an informal Facebook poll on the Library Think Tank group, 114 people responded that at their libraries, poetry is still in nonfiction. Two said they have a … Continue reading Poetry on the Move

Echo and The Traveling Cat Chronicles

I recently celebrated my cat’s 20th birthday. Echo is a grey and caramel colored tabby that I’ve literally had since the day she was born. I love to tell the story. On April 20, 1999, I came home from school to find her mother birthing kittens under a picnic table on the porch in front … Continue reading Echo and The Traveling Cat Chronicles

When I First Fell in Love with Reading

Do you remember when you first fell in love with reading? I mean the first time you truly, deeply felt that the world was not right unless you had a book in your hands? For me, I didn’t experience this kind of love until high school. My grandmother was an avid fan of Jill Churchill, … Continue reading When I First Fell in Love with Reading

One World, Many Languages

When he accepted the Oscar for Foreign Language Film for Roma, Alfonso Cuaron said that he grew up watching foreign language films like Citizen Kane and Jaws and The Godfather. Since the creation of this category in 1956, it's been pretty clear that the Academy Awards is "America first" or "English first." Though Alfonso's comments may … Continue reading One World, Many Languages

Project: Improving Access and Representation in Our Media Collection

Over the past several months, the catalogers and I have been working on a large relabeling project in our DVD collection. Previously, DVD feature films were processed with a genre label at the top of the spine and an alpha sticker at the bottom, based on the first letter of the first word of the … Continue reading Project: Improving Access and Representation in Our Media Collection

My Go-to Library Tweets

About eight years ago, I was asked to help run my library's Twitter account. We didn't have designated marketing staff, we were just starting to build our presence on social media, and I had no idea where to start. Thankfully I was working with a brilliant fellow librarian turned marketing guru who taught me a … Continue reading My Go-to Library Tweets