Category Archives: Professional Development

Get Outside Your Bubble

We all live in our bubbles, I think. But now, more than ever, it’s important to get push your boundaries, and get outside your bubble. The Library Bubble: Why It’s Important and Why We Need to Burst It by Jennifer … Continue reading

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Back in the Swing


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The season’s first snowfall has had an interesting effect on me.  It has caused me to make lists and set priorities.     List of Top Things To Do Now:   Finish teaching two online courses Work on my volunteer … Continue reading

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Social Media to Your Rescue!

I heard a great presentation by two young librarians, Anna Haase Krueger (Ramsey County, MN) and Sara Bryce (LaCrosse, WI), recently. It was not about using social media to connect with your customers or promote your library, but about how … Continue reading

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Holistic Staff Training

The post The Whole Library Approach (American Libraries, June 2013), focuses on the importance of all staff members, not just those in the Children’s Department, being able to serve children.  By extension, staff should be able to fill in for … Continue reading


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Don’t Just Drift!

Sometimes in our lives it is OK, maybe even wise to just float.  Kick back, let the current take you wherever it will.  But usually this does not work in our professional lives.  Success doesn’t just “happen,” and organizations, including … Continue reading

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Content Overload

Content overload.  Here’s a topic we’re familiar with as librarians.  There is simply TOO MUCH STUFF out there, and libraries can’t possibly buy it all or make it all available.  There is also simply TOO MUCH STUFF for us to … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with Professional Tools

So, in case any readers of this blog don’t know it, being a librarian, and being a library director—heck, just working at a library, is hard work.  (Contrary to what you may have read.) It is hard to keep up … Continue reading

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