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Taking the Teen Summer Reading Challenge to Virtual Heights

Teen Summer Challenge began in 2012 when dedicated Pierce County Library System (PCLS, Washington) staff identified the need for an approach to summer reading that moved beyond a traditional one-size-fits-all model to reach and engage diverse teens across the county. Low participation numbers and low engagement prompted staff to think outside the box to provide a meaningful summer reading experience ... Read More »

Libraries & Librarians on Pinterest

By now, nearly everyone knows about Pinterest, a social media tool that has changed the way we collect things online. And we suspect that some of the best boards are from our lovely librarian friends. Because nobody knows collecting and organizing information like librarians. In honor of #alaac14, we submit this list of our favorite literacy and library-oriented boards for ... Read More »

Loving Libraries in Cambodia

Over the past eight months, I’ve learned what it means to love libraries and information in Cambodia. What started as an internship with an NGO intended to last a mere academic quarter turned into three quarters of Directed Fieldwork in the Kingdom of Wonder filled with unexpected and quintessentially amazing opportunities, challenges, and explorations. I will attempt to describe some ... Read More »

Comic Book Librarians

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Giles is the librarian/mentor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in both the television and comic book series. Although portrayed somewhat stereotypically, British and dressed librarian-casual, he is a prime example of “more than meets the eye”, which is a rather positive personality trait in my opinion. Ms. Marvel Here in a one-shot issue of Marvel Comics ... Read More »

Shelfless Acts: I’m a Non-Traditional Librarian

I work in a library without any books.  Yes, that’s right…no books. What we do as librarians is difficult enough to explain to people outside our field as it is (misconceptions about shushing and horn-rimmed glasses abound) but add a non-traditional job description into the mix and most people just can’t contextualize you at all. They short circuit and tune ... Read More »

Librarian on a Mission

For the last several years, many evangelical seminaries (Fuller and NTS come immediately to mind) and their professors have been pumping out books and courses related to the mission of God, the mission of church, missional ministry, etc. The idea that instead of sitting in churches waiting for people to come in, Christians should go out into the world and ... Read More »

Coding Librarians

Over the last few years many librarians have asked themselves, “What programming language should I learn first?” If you’re a librarian (or aspiring librarian) and you haven’t asked, you probably should! What’s at stake? Perhaps your job. Many information science professionals are expected to have some level programming knowledge. And yes, even for some non-technical jobs like librarians, archivists and catalogers. ... Read More »