Decision Time

January 9, 2015 Leave a comment


I’ve decided that this blog needs to take a break, perhaps permanently.  My other blog, Waking Brain Cells, is much more active and I will continue to post my weekly updates of social media there. 

So please join me at Waking Brain Cells or on one of my social media outposts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr

Thanks for reading!

Categories: Uncategorized

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

December 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

#DarthVader #starwars #reading


Author/Illustrator Cousins Win Canada’s Top Literary Award | School Library Journal #kidlit

Author Kate DiCamillo connects with young readers – The Washington Post #kidlit

Author Sandra Boynton won’t play down to kids | The Columbus Dispatch #kidlit

If You Give A Gay Mouse A Cookie – A Zine That I Wish Had Been Read To Me When I Was A Little Kid #kidlit

Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck & How Studying Science Enriches Art | Brain Pickings #kidlit

Naomi Shihab Nye Talks with Roger – The Horn Book #kidlit

Neil Gaiman recites Jabberwocky – YouTube #kidlit

The Nonfiction Detectives: The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 #kidlit

SLJ’s Top 10 Latino Books of 2014 | School Library Journal #kidlit #weneeddiversebooks

Top 10 fictional feasts in children’s books | The Guardian #kidlit

New Halifax Central Library, Halifax, 2014 by @shlarchitects #LibraryArchitecture #LibraryBuildings #LibraryDesign


Experts demand urgent overhaul of England’s public library service | The Guardian #libraries

Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library | Library as Incubator Project #libraries

How many pizzas can you get for $1.5 billion? #libraries

Libraries Face Off Against Publishers and the European Union at WIPO | Electronic Frontier Foundation #libraries

One of Shakespeare’s Rare First Folios Discovered in French Library — History in the Headlines #libraries

Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations #libraries

WI Libraries: Library of the Month: Cedarburg Public Library #libraries


2014 was a great year for books – and for book covers! Behold these beauties:

AbeBooks’ 50 Most Expensive Sales of 2014 #books #reading


Bestselling Middle Grade and YA Authors Share Must-Read 2014 Picks! #yalit

How To Get Your Teenager To Read For Pleasure| Christine Stock | #yalit

John Green Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Looking for Alaska’ #yalit

Teens prefer the printed page to ebooks | The Guardian #yalit #ebooks

YA Trilogies That Ended in 2014 (That You Should Read in 2015)| EricSmith | #yalit

E-Rate and Copyright

December 18, 2014 Leave a comment


Two important pieces of recent news for libraries to be aware of:

The FCC has concluded its work in modernizing the E-rate process.  Happily, it also came along with a $1.5 billion increase in E-rate funding.  Very nicely, there is also additional flexibility for schools and libraries seeking high-speed broadband. 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has news about libraries around the world coming into conflict with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) about exemptions from copyright given to libraries.  In fact, the Administrator of the Forum directly tied authors living in poverty to exceptions for libraries.  This is certainly something that librarians need to be aware of!

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

December 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:


Characters in children’s books are almost always white, and it’s a big problem – The Washington Post #yalit

‘Harriet the Spy’ Park Hangout Honored as a Literary Landmark #kidlit

How our children’s book about a gay superhero avoided the straightwash | The Guardian #lgbt #kidlit

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers : Code Switch : NPR #kidlit

What are the best children’s books on the true spirit of Christmas? | Children’s books | The Guardian #kidlit

Why Amelia Bedelia Is Literally The Most Terrifying Character Ever – Dorkly Post #kidlit #humor


Rainbow Rowell’s Next Is CARRY ON – EarlyWord – #yalit

ReedPOP & We Need Diverse Books Team Up For BookCon – GalleyCat #yalit

Stacked: "Best of 2014" in YA Fiction List Break Down #yalit

YA Trilogies That Ended in 2014 (That You Should Read in 2015)| EricSmith | #yalit

Solving Problems – Together

December 9, 2014 Leave a comment


Jeffrey Walter, who is the Vice Chairman of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Envoy for Health, Finance and Malaria, has posted a fascinating look at how the world’s largest issues like malaria can be solved if we work as an ensemble.

For me as a librarian, this is not just about solving the world’s major issues, but also how in libraries we can work together to come up with the best solutions for serving our communities.  I think the best management teams do this naturally.  There is room for everyone’s voice to be heard and leaders listen.

Here are some tips from Walter:

  • No single individual, organization, corporation, foundation, or nation can solve the significant problems of the world. So let’s stop looking for heroes to address the important issues of our day.
  • …we need to assemble all these puzzle pieces and empower teams to pull the pieces together. Only a great team of partners is capable of applying problem-solving strategies, combined with the resources, talent, knowledge, and the will required to grow them to scale. ….it is all about the cause and how all of those resources can come together to support it.
  • Ask, early in our planning efforts for any new project, “Who can we collaborate with to improve our odds of success?” Don’t assume that the partnership path is too hard to follow—there are models for collaboration that will smooth the way.

There is much more in his article and it’s definitely worth reading!

Categories: Leadership

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

December 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:



4 new children’s books to stir the holiday spirit – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram #kidlit

Best Picture Books of 2014| Minh Le | #kidlit

David Almond: each story comes with its own kind of fizz, gurgle and energy | The Guardian #kidlit #authors

Jen Robinson’s Book Page: This Holiday Season, 70% of Kids Wants Books That Make Them Laugh, Says Scholastic #kidlit

Terrible Trivium – I See a Book and Get Angry and Write a Thing #kidlit

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide — @100scopenotes #kidlit

What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit? | Children’s books | The Guardian #kidlit


Nature makes all articles free to view : Nature News & Comment #free #econtent


I am Ferguson Public Library Director in Ferguson, MO. AMA! : IAmA #libraries

New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program | LJ INFOdocket #libraries

Night Light at the Bubbler @ Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project #libraries



Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction – Mic #reading


Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2014 | School Library Journal #yalit

Exploring conflict through teen and YA books | The Guardian #yalit

John Corey Whaley’s top 10 coming of age stories | The Guardian #yalit

Stacked: Mental Illness in YA As a Minefield—Explore at Will: Guest Post by Rachel M. Wilson – #yalit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

November 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." Dr Seuss


Being a White Guy in Children’s Books – The Horn Book #kidlit – Be sure to read the comments, lots of wisdom there.

Best Books 2014 | School Library Journal #kidlit #yalit

The Best Horror Stories For Children| Evangeline Lilly | #kidlit

Dav Pilkey: I never hypnotised my principal! That part I made up | The Guardian #kidlit

Handler apologizes again, calls his remark racist | Celebrities | The State #kidlit

Jacqueline Woodson: ‘I don’t want anyone to feel invisible’ | Books | The Guardian #kidlit

Meanwhile In America, Brown Girls Are Still Dreaming #kidlit

New James Patterson Children’s Book Inspires Animated Web Series – GalleyCat #kidlit

Nonfiction conversations: Talking nonfiction picture book biographies with kids | There’s a Book for That #kidlit

Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels can Help Your Kids Love to Read … #ncte14

Year in Architecture 2014: Open to the Elements - The Fort Myers Regional Library and Talking Books Library, Lee County Library System, FL, comprises two buildings and an outdoor plaza. The computer/multimedia area in the northeast corner is wrapped in glass “to announce its presence to those entering downtown.”


"Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever"

BBC News – Scottish Book Trust calls for library card for every child #libraries

CALGARY (AB CA) NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY VIDEO: A Visual Beauty – Read The Fun Calgary New Central Library Facts: …

Dear Library, Forgive Me – BOOK RIOT #libraries

The Ferguson library gives a lesson in community #libraries

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community #libraries #ferguson

A Field Trip to America’s Public Libraries – The Atlantic #libraries

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities | MindShift #libraries

How To Support the Ferguson Library – BOOK RIOT #libraries

Year in Architecture 2014: Open to the Elements - The Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, Howard County Library System, Laurel, MD, focuses on science and technology, as tubular skylights harvest natural light and exterior windows flood the building with light.


The Best Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read| Lauren Sarner | #yalit

Ursula K. Le Guin — "We will need writers who can remember freedom" | LISNews: #yalit

What to read if you don’t like dystopia? | The Guardian #yalit


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