Millennials and Reading–Who Knew?

Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are those born roughly during the early 1980s to the early 2000s. They are digital natives, who grew up surrounded by much of the technology that people like me (baby boomers) have encountered, learned and adapted to during our lives: digital clocks, computers, cell phones. . . . Continue reading

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When to Step Back

view from the back seatThere are times when, as a leader, you do have to step back; to “take a back seat,” as it were.  5 Reasons Why Leaders Must Sometimes Take a Backseat shares some thoughts on when and why you might want/need to do that.

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Not Everybody Can Be a Boss

Not everybody is cut out to be the boss. . .  Well, that should be obvious, shouldn’t it? But maybe it’s not. Lots of people are happy to be “worker bees” and have no intentions of ever being an administrator. But lots of others just “assume” one day they’ll rise to be a library director, or at some other level of administration. And that’s OK. But Continue reading

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“Just Happy to Be a Nominee”

That’s what celebrities say when they’re nominated for an award. And it is an honor. When I think about the amazing movies and people nominated for the most recent Academy Awards, I’m reminded how sad it is that only one can win in each category. I loved some of the nominees who did not win. It’s kind of like applying for a job—you can be a most amazing candidate, but there can always be someone who is just a little bit better suited, for whatever reason, and they “win” the job and you lose. That’s life I guess. Continue reading

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Spring Spruce-Up

tulipsSpring has sprung. At least, the first day of spring is “officially” here, according to the calendar.  In Wisconsin, that means slightly warmer temps. . . on some days. On another day, we might get snow! (But I digress.) But we do forge ahead and do “spring things” anyway. For example, on Saturday, our condo association is having a block clean up. We’ll walk around our neighborhood and pick up trash, stray branches, leaves, and the like.

The advent of spring is a good time to take a look around your library and see what needs sprucing up. Continue reading

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

“We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each others children.”

nowarThis quote (one of my favorites) from former President Jimmy Carter, sums up my feelings about war and violence.  People say things like “there have always been wars,” and “there are ‘good’ wars and bad wars, and good wars can’t be avoided.”  Continue reading

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A Wall is Just a Wall

Today’s Blogging 101 assignment: “Publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt.” What? Huh? What’s a blogging prompt? Apparently, just a question someone asks, that you then use to “prompt” you, to inspire you, to write a blog post.  “Writing prompts can be a blogger’s best friend: when inspiration is low and fresh ideas few, responding to someone else’s question can do get you out of a slump. There’s no need to treat them as requirement, though; prompts work best when you personalize them to fit your interests and perspective.”  Continue reading

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The Future of Libraries

I attended a webcast on March 12 on the “Future of Libraries.”  Speakers were from a variety of settings: public library, academic library, public library consortium, and an independent library web developer.  When we talk about the future of libraries, lots of things might be mentioned. But here are some points I made note of: Continue reading

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Be Part of the Community

I’ve written before of the importance of the library to the community, and the need for libraries to position themselves as essential services.   Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to write a post that builds on one of the blog posts I commented on this week, and I am choosing one of the blog posts I mentioned yesterday, the one on libraries and community engagement. Continue reading

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Exploring My “Neighborhood”

Today’s assignment in the Blogging 101 course I’m taking is to “be a good neighbor” by exploring some other blogs in the WordPress Reader, and to comment on some blogs I haven’t commented on before. During my exploring earlier this week and today, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of what I found with you: Continue reading

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