Rethinking What We Do: Everything!

Tweet Over the past several weeks the YALSAblog has run a series of posts on rethinking how we do and what we do in libraries for teens. There have been posts on everything from library card policies to programming to professional development to social media policies. There’s a lot to rethink. And, actually, YALSA has … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Everything!

Rethinking What We Do: Professional Development for School Librarians

Tweet At the beginning of every school year, some school librarians inevitably grouse about sitting through whole-faculty professional development because they have to get the library — both patron records and the collection — ready to circulate. They often say their needs differ from those of classroom teachers, and their professional learning should reflect that. … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Professional Development for School Librarians

Rethinking What We Do: Professional Development

Tweet It’s not a new premise that you can take part in professional development on your own time and at a computer. But, have you thought about the ways you can take part in professional development not just to learn new things but to expand your professional learning network (PLN) and learn from colleagues about … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Professional Development

Rethinking what we do: Programs

Tweet “Cancel all your programs on Friday night, and spend some time just hanging out.” I uttered it to a small group of librarians, and they looked at me like I was crazy.’  We were at Sunrise session at Computers in Libraries.’  It was an interesting presentation innovation, and we were practicing the art of … Continue reading Rethinking what we do: Programs

Rethinking What We Do: College Transitions

Tweet In our second week of school, we had our first 2013 graduate return from college to visit. She had popped in on her way from work — she is working a morning shift at fast food and taking 15 semester hours at the community college — and as she looked around our temporary space, … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: College Transitions

Rethinking What We Do: Social Media Policies

Tweet Techbrarian Confession Time: I really, really, really want to try Google Glass. Back in February, when they were choosing betas to “give” them to (read: offering folks with a compelling enough reason the chance to fork over $1,500), I threw my ring into the hat and prayed my mother would never find out I … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Social Media Policies

Rethinking What We Do: Rated M for Mature

Tweet I am writing this article as an open letter. We are censoring what video games we provide people, but we are not stopping their consumption. We are shooting ourselves in the foot to avoid an argument, and it will hurt. Plus we are compromising our own integrity to avoid an argument. It is time … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Rated M for Mature

Rethinking What We Do: Public Library Teen Web Pages

Tweet A few years ago a colleague emailed me and asked about what his public library should do on their re-designed/re-developed website for its teen presence. I said, “don’t have one.” Well, what I really said is “if you have teen pages on your site then focus them on the adults in teen lives and … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Public Library Teen Web Pages

Rethinking What We Do: Fines

Tweet “If you didn’t have library fines, no one would return anything,” I said this, to myself and others, time and again, over the course of the decade when I worked at a school with library fines. Worst of all, I had to receipt every five cents. I didn’t feel our fine structure was unreasonable. … Continue reading Rethinking What We Do: Fines