“New Librarianship”

I just started a conversation with David Lankes and the rest of the nationwide iLead USA David Lankesteam, on the “New Librarianship.”  What? Couldn’t we have said that 2,000 years ago or at least last century, when we started talking about 21st Century Librarianship, now over 13 years old?? Of course we could have. But did we?

What is New Librarianship? David may say, read the book. But I would say, it is about figuring out what it is that makes us a librarian and using that in meaningful ways to connect with communities, to connect with conversations, to connect the dots and help make knowledge accessible to all. The whole point is to raise consciousness, human awareness, that there is something else out there that’s bigger than oneself. There are ideas, there are concepts, there are ideologies that unless explored remain in a box.

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Earth Day Book Talk: “A Sand County Almanac”

earthday

When: April 22, 2013, 11 a.m. MDT

Book Talk

Public Discussions of the Influential Books of our Time

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Sand County Almanac Book Talk
[44:48 audio recording of this program with host Ray Matthews]

Some (somewhat random) Earth Day reflections
[listener video by Colleen Eggett]

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”

So begins A Sand County Almanac from the writer that many describe as the father of the modern environmental movement. Aldo Leopold’s land ethic was simply, “When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

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Headset/ microphone not working for online learning?

We have been doing a bunch of training lately using Adobe Connect. A main problem has been headsets/microphones not working. Here are some possible fixes, brought to you from people all over the USA, not just me, so thanks everyone for sharing.

As one of my colleagues said, “There are no problems, only situations.”  So in the spirit of that, here are some solutions for those buggy headset/microphone situations.

Fix 1: (easy) Make sure your headset/mic is plugged into the computer before logging into the classroom—or if you forgot, completely log out of the classroom, then re-enter it.  If that doesn’t work, reboot the computer with the headset/mic plugged in before restarting the computer.

Fix 2: Be sure to run the audio setup wizard upon entering the room. It is in Recording drop down on the top left of the screen. Sometimes people just click “next” “next” “next” without actually doing what the screen is asking them to do. Please read the screens and actually try adjusting settings if things aren’t working.

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The ARSL conference was really an “eye-opener” for me

I was able to attend the ARSL conference for the very first time this year with the help of the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant.   I would like to give a big thank you to the Utah State Library for awarding me this honor.

The conference was really an “eye-opener” for me.  I was able to connect with other librarians dealing with issues similar to mine.  I attending many classes that gave me information I felt would benefit my library and our patrons.  I enjoyed the ideas and camaraderie with the other librarians.
I found that the classes were tailored specifically for small libraries on a budget and the ideas received from ALL of the classes I was able to attend were things I could actually implement reasonably quickly.  I didn’t feel like I was gathering bits & pieces of a class and trying to tailor it my own library.
I did learn that we have not had enough staff training on safety.  I attended a class called “The Black Belt Librarian” and was amazed that I hadn’t thought about more training on this subject!  I realized that even though we are small and a bit off the beaten track, we should think of training on all levels so that we are always prepared no matter what.

I am grateful that I was given this opportunity to attend this conference and am planning on adding it to my budget to attend in the future.  For any of the small libraries in Utah, THIS is the conference to attend!

Michele Graves
Director, Eagle Mountain Public Library

Top 3 trends in public libraries today

There’s always so much to think about in public libraries today, but if I could consider the top three trends, I would say:

1. Collaboration is huge. We are busy meeting the public’s information needs in different, more dynamic, more effective ways now, and it’s all about collaboration. Ask yourself, what does the fire department and the library have in common? Then decide: both are involved in public awareness of fire prevention. Then decide together on a booth, a display, a night where the fire chief comes and speaks at the library, on safety in the home, or whatever else may come into play. People can have fun with this one, it can be sort of like solving a riddle. Better yet, use your long range plan to decide with whom to collaborate (first choice, actually).

2. We are retooling our library spaces to be much more customer oriented. We enjoy style, adequate space for people to meet or work or just relax, ample lighting, views of the outdoors, maybe even something to nibble on while we’re there. Though I only have a couple of grievances with Melvil Dewey, he is now old school in favor of bisac (bookstore model) cataloging.

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