Ask and you shall receive: “Hey girl. I like the library too.”

Two exciting developments this week in the land of Librarians in Pop Culture – I’m really excited about the Library Boing Boing project. With the website redesign deadline looming, I don’t really have time to do much more than sign the petition and follow its development.  But the aspects I’m most excited about are: Help […]

Librarians in Pop Culture

How can Libraries and Librarians get a stronger positive toe hold in Popular American Culture? Unfortunately, even folks who love the library feel that they have to apologize for their love.  This was underlined yesterday when I read a blog post on our local patch, in which a young local wrote, “When my mom poked […]

Short musing on making stuff, or, Thank Goodness I went to Art School

One of the things I learned in grad school was to look at every potentially “produced” sculpture as a draft. This allows me to evaluate what does and does not work, which elements tell the story I’m trying to tell, and which detract from it, or get in the way. And one of the dangers […]

Welcome to the Web Team

There have been a lot of changes at work the last two weeks… I’ve been official moved from Reference to the Web Team. This is HUGE. Except that it really isn’t very different, since I was already doing all the work I’ll be doing as part of the web team. And I’ll still be working […]

Finalized demo video: I am Arlington Public Library – Nico

We’ve reframed the video for Nico’s specialty, which is teen services: Quick slides: In a World full of Questions…. “Where are the vampire books?” “Do you have CliffsNotes for Othello” “When does the new Rick Riordan book come out?” “Do you have practice SAT tests?” “How do I resize a photo I want to print?” […]

Questions Need Information Professionals

2nd draft of the video. It’s been recut in Microsoft Movie Maker, and has a new title and ending. We still need to reshoot the actual footage.

Got Librarians?

This is the first draft for a new series of videos I’m making for my library, called “Got Librarians?”: “Got Librarians? 1st Draft – Sorry I can’t embed it yet. Notes so far: I need to reshoot Nico – we were pressed for time and the framing is bad – and to shoot her around […]

CIL2011: “Community Engagement on a Shoestring”

Also known as our presentation for Computers in Libraries 2011 (download the .pptx if you want to read our text). The fantastic Brian Herzog, aka The Swiss Army Librarian, blogged our session (I wish I’d met him!) and described it thus: Case study of how they went from municipal website to library-specific website with integrated […]

Do We Need a National Library Association Aimed at Advocacy?

**Note: In light of the recent school shooting in Newtown CT, and the National Riffle Association’s role in conversations about American gun legislation, I feel that it is important to restate that this blog post is ONLY a study of the NRA in that it discusses the effectiveness of their communications strategy. In addition, the […]

Computers in Libraries 2011

We’re speaking Monday morning at 11:30 on track B – Improve Your Website Now!