Professional organizations, School Libraries

A tale of two divisions

There's a lot of talk about replacing qualified librarians with volunteers or paraprofessional staff.  In part this is due to budget cuts, in part it's due to a lack of understanding about what libraries can and should be, and in part it's just silliness.  Silliness that affects people's lives and livelihoods, but silliness nonetheless.  It's… Continue reading A tale of two divisions

Musings, Professional organizations, School Libraries

We need to do better

As I prepare for ALA's Midwinter Meeting, I've been reading my e-mails and checking twitter links for documents and information I need to pay attention to in order to be an informed member of ALA.  Two proposals/petitions on the site, promoted through various e-lists, have caught my attention. One asks for a reexamination of… Continue reading We need to do better

Books, Conferences, Professional organizations

Behind the locked door, part four – nearing the end

Our selection year is over - the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults award covers books published between Nov. 1 and Oct. 31, so anything published after October 31, 2012 is eligible for the 2014 award but not the one to be awarded in a few short weeks. Since my last post, I and… Continue reading Behind the locked door, part four – nearing the end

Conferences, Musings, Professional organizations, Work Stuff

Finding the Sweet Spot – professional learning

As the year draws to a close many of us spend time evaluating what and how we're doing. For me, it's also a time to think about my professional development and what my Return on Investment is for each method. There are a ton of library-related conferences out there for us to attend: EduCon, ALA… Continue reading Finding the Sweet Spot – professional learning

Collection Development, Conferences, Professional organizations, School Libraries, Techno Geekiness

Thoughts from #ALA12 – learning sessions

With all my meetings, the time that I had to take advantage of the learning opportunities was slim.  That didn't mean that I didn't try my best to take advantage of what was there, though. First, of course, was the session I did with the wonderful Ellysa Cahoy.  We explored "Online Personal Archiving", talking about… Continue reading Thoughts from #ALA12 – learning sessions