February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2012

Helicopter Librarian: Expect the Unexpected | Backtalk

I recently read an interesting article titled Make Room for Daddy…And Mommy: Helicopter Parents Are Here, which states, “Helicopter Parents hover over their children interceding as soon as the child faces an unpleasant situation or uncertainty. The parents are ‘over-involved’ in their child’s life.” Although Helicopter Parents can be viewed negatively, not every characteristic is […]

Wyatt’s World | Reading To Remember: Neil Armstrong

A pioneering astronaut remembered

Tumblrarian 101: Tumblr for Libraries and Librarians

For libraries, Tumblr is a free marketing tool—and depending on how much effort you want to put into crafting code or purchasing a theme, your Tumblr blog can look as professional as a your library’s website.

There are some specific steps you can take to attract an engaged readership (i.e. followers). It can be a slow first few months as you accumulate an audience and discover where you fit into the community, but the investment is worth it. Here’s a few guidelines to consider.

ProQuest Launches Graduate Education Program For Library Schools

ProQuest has announced the launch of Graduate Education Program (GEP), a new service that combines several of its popular development programs for library schools into a single resource. GEP includes programs from ProQuest and business units such as Dialog, and offers a single point of access to teaching tools, training and development opportunities, and awards and internships within a free social networking site called “Discover More Corps.”

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 8/24/12

Kenning Arlitsch, Associate Dean for Information Technology Services, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and a 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, has been selected as the new Dean, Montana State University Library, Bozeman, beginning October 15. […]

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 08/24/12

Big doings in Denver, with the August 11 grand opening of the Sam Gary Branch Library in the Stapleton Town Center. The 28,000 square foot facility cost $11.6 million, funded through the Better Denver Bond measure approved in 2007. The building houses a collection of more than 100,000 books and media and 50 public access computers. […]

Detroit Library Executive Director Mondowney Reinstated

Jo Anne Mondowney, the executive director of the Detroit Public Library, has been reinstated to her position, according to The Detroit News. Her existing contract expired today, and the new deal will involve a month-to-month contract until a longer-term deal can be arranged. Mondowney’s lawyer, Hideaki Sano, told The Detroit News that Mondowney is interested in returning to the position.

Our Favorite Tumblrs: LJ and SLJ’s Tumblrs-in-Chief Share Choice Follows with a Library/Literary Flair

So many fun Tumblrs out there, not the least of which—dare we say—are our own. House Tumblrs-in-chief, Chelsey Philpot, associate editor, SLJ Book Review, and Molly McArdle, assistant editor, LJ Book Review, share a few of their favorite sites.

Locals Create ‘People’s Library’ During Seattle Public Library Closure

Just because citywide budget cuts have forced the Seattle Public Library to close its doors for a week starting Monday, doesn’t mean kids will be left without good books or fun things to do during that time. A group is organizing a “People’s Library” in the Central District—and it needs children and YA titles.

Robkin Resigns From Bibliotheca, Coalla To Replace

Library technology solutions provider Bibliotheca has announced that Al Coalla, formerly North American sales director, will assume the role of president of the company’s North American divisions beginning October 1. Coalla will be responsible for Bibliotheca’s operations throughout the Americas region, taking the reins from Shai Robkin, who has requested to step down from his position, according to the announcement.