Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham - these crime fiction authors should probably be familiar to any librarian working a reference desk. But if you have little interest yourself in mysteries, suspense or thrillers, or have so many other things you want to read, like me, you might not know the vast universe that is … Continue reading Murder & Mayhem in the Library!
Despite the fact that there were only seven people, I felt last night's "Heritage" themed Poetry Social was another success--filled with great poetry and meaningful conversation. I started the evening by announcing the upcoming events for National Poetry Month, and then passed out little scraps of paper for a writing exercise. I had everyone write … Continue reading Heritage, poetry, and a thank you gift?
My major project for the afternoon was finally setting up my poetry display! Now, I didn't drag any mannequins into the library like I did a couple of years ago. I actually kept it pretty simple.What I'm even more excited about, though, is the series of events that the Lawrence Public Library and the Lawrence … Continue reading Poetry on the Shelf and Off the Page
This morning my supervisor handed me a thick envelope with the library's address scrawled across the lower left hand corner in barely legible print. Inside was a 20 page request, written in the same print, for information on the alleged paranormal activity at the nearby Eldridge Hotel that was recently featured on My Ghost Story … Continue reading Ghosts of Lawrence’s past
Sometimes it's real easy to tell when someone hasn't been to the library in a long time, or has never stepped in the building in the first place. Questions like "Where can I get a library card?" or "Where's nonfiction located?" and even "Where's the restroom?" are key clues, but then there are those that … Continue reading Can you tell me where the books are?
I spent about 20 minutes this evening walking a patron through downloading a book from the State Library of Kansas's new audiobook service, OneClickdigital, to his iPod--a task that isn't quite as easy as the service's name makes it sound. What made it even more complicated was the fact that the reference transaction took place … Continue reading (More than) One click audiobook woes
So I've finally done it. I've bought a Kindle Touch and "joined the dark side," as my cousin put it in a comment on my Facebook timeline when I updated my status, announcing the purchase. Kind of an impulse buy, I waited until after the holidays to make sure no one had gotten one for … Continue reading eFrugality and the "Dark Side"
I've gotten to the point where I wince every time a patron walks up to the desk and asks about free eBooks or audiobooks. Even before the State Library of Kansas's contract ended with OverDrive, explaining how to get the digital content onto a device could get complicated depending on the device in question. Now … Continue reading I’m just a simple librarian in a high tech digital world
After helping my supervisor with training sessions on our new “technology toolboxes” (a collection of eReaders our library was able to purchase with the funds from a grant) and participating in the beta testing for the State Library of Kansas’s new provider for downloadable audiobooks, I have sort of become one of the go-to’s for … Continue reading eBooks and Audiobooks, Oh My!
Hello! And welcome to my blog! My name is William! If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that my bio says I'm a librarian, poet, human being living in Kansas - but since I have more than 140 characters I think I'll take the liberty to extrapolate. I currently work as a Reference Librarian … Continue reading About me and my path to librarianship