Archive for June, 2012

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

June 29, 2012 1 comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:


Amazon picks its top 10 books of 2012 so far | Shelf Life |


Authors Guild Sees Return of Predatory Pricing if DoJ Deal Stands #ebooks

California libraries close to ebooks deal with self-pub site Smashwords — paidContent #ebooks #libraries

French Bookstores Are Still Prospering #ebooks

IMLS Announces Grant to Identify Library E-Book Strategies #ebooks#libraries

Libraries Cut E-Book Deal With Penguin #libraries


All Hat, No Cattle: A Call for Libraries to Transform Before It’s Too Late — The Digital Shift #libraries

Digitization 101: Every librarian is a technologist #libraries

Forbes Notwithstanding, Librarians Value their MLIS

Libraries See Budgets Drop: ALA Report – GalleyCat #libraries

Louisiana Eliminates State Library Funding #libraries

Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries #libraries

To Shorter University, Georgia Don’t Fire Gay Tenured Librarian!: …

U.S. Public Libraries Weather the Storm:

"We should emphasize that libraries are not frills." – Time #libraries


Four Ways to Find More Time | Psychology Today

Leading at All Levels | American Libraries Magazine #libraries

Master the Art of Delegation by Avoiding These 5 Mistakes | The QuickBase Blog

"Nilofer Merchant says“There are 2 ways of holding an idea. One is with a closed fist. The other is with an open hand."


6 Pinterest Tips From Power Users

Facebook Hides Your Email Address Leaving Only Visible. Undo This Poppycock Now

The Library Marketing Toolkit: Pinterest 101: A Primer for Libraries

Pinterest : Revolutionizing The Way Libraries Are Used

June 27, 2012 Leave a comment

zoom it is a service that will take any high resolution photograph and make it much more interactive online.  You can zoom closer, toggle it to full screen, and really explore the image much more fully. 

You can look at the images they have up or you can post your own.  It then gives you a short URL for you to share your image easily with others. 

This is a quick, easy way to take advantage of the quality of your images.

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Pew Internet Study–Libraries, Patrons and E-Books

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Perfectly timed with ALA Annual, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has released the results of its Libraries, Patrons and E-Books study.  Their website offers the complete report, the questionnaire itself, and a summary of the findings. 

Here are some of the findings:

12% of e-book readers borrowed an e-book from the library in the last year.  However, 62% of people said that they didn’t know that libraries offered e-books. 

Wow, we have our work cut out for ourselves!  As long as I have worked in public libraries, I am always amazed at the difference between what the public thinks we do and what we actually offer. 

The survey also has some very good news for libraries:

Library card holders own and use more digital devices than non-card holders.   They also read more books.   58% of Americans have library cards.  I’d love that to be higher. 

The number that really got my librarian heart pumping was that 69% of Americans say that the library is important to them and their family.  See that number?  It’s higher than the number of card holders. 

So, we have to promote our new services more effectively, but we also have a lot to be proud of.  The message of our value is out there and strong. 

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This Week’s Tweets and Pins

June 22, 2012 1 comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:


All Hat, No Cattle: A Call for Libraries to Transform Before It’s Too Late — The Digital Shift #libraries

Are You Listening? | Infoblog #libraries #management

Chicago Building Its First Joint High School/Public Library from the Ground Up #libraries

French Bookstores Are Still Prospering #ebooks

IdeaBox from the Oak Park Public Library « Tame The Web #libraries

Let Them Lend Cake Pans #libraries

Libraries Cut E-Book Deal With Penguin #libraries

Libraries See Budgets Drop: ALA Report – GalleyCat #libraries

Molly Raphael: Publishers Long Overdue in Offering Libraries eBook Titles #libraries #ebooks

Salem Library Blog Awards #libraries #blogging

Slaying a Sacred Cow with a Deck of Cards | Library by Design #libraries



Google+ Is Finally Coming To Flipboard – Business Insider

How 30 Days Without Social Media Changed My Life

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Dear Traditionally Published Writer | The Art & Craft of Writing Creatively #writing

LJ Library of the Year

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

san diego county libraryLibrary Journal has announced that San Diego County is their Library of the Year.  Take some time to take a look at the article that explains their win.  It’s definitely worth a read.

For me, as a library manager and leader, I took great satisfaction in seeing the way that their director Jose Aponte faced budget cuts and the results of him standing by his staff:

The use of SDCL has exploded despite budget cuts of 30 percent over the past three years. The staff of 290 have been energized by a management team and style under Aponte that empowers them to take risks, come up with new ideas, and offer levels of service that meet people’s needs and solve their problems. Aponte’s decision to manage the budget cuts through staff attrition and reductions in other resources, rather than layoffs, has paid off in creativity and teamwork.

You can see that it all comes down to Aponte’s inclusive approach:

“We believe staff should be able to serve anywhere, anytime in the library system,” Aponte says. That has translated to encouraging staff to pitch in where they can and to risk initiating programs and services without fear of disapproval if they don’t always work out. The SDCL director believes good relations with the staff and unions are “paramount to success.”

There are many more factors to his success, including technology and life-changing programs done in collaboration with organizations.  But for me, it is the inclusive, open and risk-welcoming approach that makes all of it possible.

Looking for Leadership?

June 19, 2012 4 comments

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As a library leader, I find management blogs to be some of the most helpful blogs around.  There are blogs that offer scenarios and advice that are especially fun to read, others have articles that get your brain clicking in a new way, and still others get you to try something new.

The management blogs that I follow are not specifically for libraries.  Management blogs for libraries are tough to find (though if you have some to recommend, I’d love to see them.)  Instead these are general management blogs, many for business.  So take that slant for granted.  I always think that what pertains to business management can easily be changed slightly and applied to government or non-profit management too.

Here are my favorite management blogs.  I’d love to hear if you have others that I should try too!

All Things Workplace: Steve Roesler shares tips about management of personnel that will have you coaching, encouraging and leading confidently in no time.

Ask a Manager: This Q&A blog answers reader questions about hiring, interviewing, firing and much more.  Look at the comments for additional takes on the questions.

Coaching Tip:  John G. Agno’s blog tackles the importance of coaching and trying to define leadership.

Evil HR Lady: This is a Q&A blog that answers reader questions about issues in the workplace.  The questions are often difficult and convoluted, which makes it all the more fun to read and learn from.

Fistful of Talent: This blog takes on HR, recruiting, leadership, performance issues, and much more.  Don’t miss the Bad HR section.

Great Leadership: Dan McCarthy’s blog helps you focus on leadership development for both yourself and your staff.

Leading Blog: From LeadershipNow, this blog offers advice for leaders that is gleaned from famous leaders.  They also tend to have lists of other articles you may have missed.

Three Star Leadership:  This blog offers tips of the day for bosses at any level, ideas for things to read as a leader, and developing the skills that it takes to be a leader.

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This Week’s Tweets and Pins

June 15, 2012 1 comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:


Is Productivity Killing Your Creativity?


Denver library’s struggles speak volumes about finding e-books to loan – The Denver Post #ebooks #libraries

The biggest threat to publishing isn’t Amazon; it’s Angry Birds (why publishers should invest in libraries) #libraries


BEA 2012: Libraries Still Draw the Short Stick #ebooks

Don’t Write Off ALA’s Work on Digital Literacy and the FCC Before Reading This | Librarian by Day #libraries#literacy

No. 1 Worst Master’s Degree For Jobs: Library and Information Science – Jacquelyn Smith – Forbes #librarians

Phil Bradley’s weblog: Awe inspiring library initiative #libraries

Public access technology for libraries: Library Edge – benchmarks for public technology services in libraries

Ray Bradbury on Writing Fahrenheit 451 in a Library #libraries


Ira Glass on Storytelling on Vimeo –


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