My library's leadership team has been talking a lot about equity, diversity and inclusion. With these discussions, I've made it one of my goals this year to lead a closer look at the library's collection to see how well we are meeting the needs and interests of our patrons at the same time as reflecting … Continue reading Taking Action: Collections Diversity & Inclusion
Getting to order for the library's teen collection means I get an early heads up on new releases. It also means my holds list is constantly growing, as I can't help but get in line for the titles that catch my attention. Here's what I'm looking forward to reading in the next few months: Black … Continue reading 5 YA Books on My Holds List
I'm starting 2019 with a fresh new blog and website, and I'm excited to get back in to sharing about my library life! I've migrated all my old content, and I'm hoping to share more about my adventures in Cataloging and Collection Development and all my other side gigs. But first, I thought I'd take … Continue reading New Year, New Website
There's something new for checkout at my library: board games! We recently launched a circulating collection of popular and classic games, a further step in exploring the national "Library of Things" trend by lending more nontraditional items. We've had board games available for in-house use for years now, but letting them leave the library is … Continue reading Board Games and Things
Every so often I tend to reflect on my library journey on this blog -- especially when I'm making a big change or recognizing a work anniversary. Yesterday marked five years since I began as Director of the Oskaloosa Public Library, and today marked two years since I left that position to move back to … Continue reading 5 years ago yesterday to 2 years ago today
If there's one thing librarians love (other than books, of course), it's stealing borrowing ideas from our peers. Last fall, the catalogers and I took a trip over to the Johnson County Library central resource library to learn how they work with SirsiDynix's Symphony. We had just migrated to this new ILS, and were hoping for more … Continue reading Death to the NEW Sticker!
With streaming services like Netflix and Spotify, do people still check out DVDs and CDs from libraries? At the Lawrence Public Library we'd argue YES! -- but that's not to say we haven't noticed a downward trend over the past couple of years.Despite the prevalence of streaming video services, we continue to see strong patron … Continue reading Look, Play, Listen: Promoting Media Collections at LPL