New Year, New Website

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

5 years ago yesterday to 2 years ago today

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

Death to the NEW Sticker!

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┬áJohnson County Library┬ácentral 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!

Look, Play, Listen: Promoting Media Collections at LPL

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

Three Things I’ve Stolen from the Grocery Store

Original image was originally posted to Flickr by SeattleMunicipal Archives under the terms of the cc-by-2.0In order to make ends meet, I recently served a brief stint as a cashier at a national grocery chain. Before I could even touch a register, I had to spend six grueling, consecutive hours watching training videos and another … Continue reading Three Things I’ve Stolen from the Grocery Store

Passive Program: Coloring Pages for Adults

With the recent popularity of adult coloring books that many libraries are taking advantage of for programs, I decided to cash in at my library as well. I had considered purchasing copies of the books that are available, but then was concerned they would come back...well, colored.To see if there's actually an interest in my … Continue reading Passive Program: Coloring Pages for Adults