By: meghancnyc

By meghancnyc

That target demographic doesn’t use the public library or see the value of the the library and we’re seeing the repercussions of that right now – to generalize, those Middle Class Males, ages 18 – 35, vote and follow-though on their promises to call politicians or write checks of support. All library users matter, of course, but everyone who uses the public library needs to start *advocating* on behalf of the public library or vilifying “Bros” is just going to be a waste of time. I propose the question is how do we get public library users to care enough to advocate and agitate for libraries, to spend the political capital they *do* have on our behalf?

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Originally published at: Action Librarian

Guilt Cake Master Post

By Kristin


I am the Circulation Department Manager at my library and we get a lot of pages who get new jobs or go to grad school or move or what have you. When they tell me that they’re going to leave, I usually try to make them feel as guilty about it as possible. In a loving way. I recently decided that on their last day, I would get them a going away cake but the cake would have some kind of guilt trip on in it. Here they are so far:

Angelo. He was promoted to branch assistant! Last day: January 23, 2014


Drew. He left us to go to Grad School in Portland, OR! Last day: March 6, 2014


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Originally published at: Action Librarian

Screen Printing!

By sarahjeanne

I’m going to apologize in advance for the quality of the photos on this post—I was working quickly and with hands covered in stuff so I used my phone, and now I’m working on a sloooooow computer and so i’m forgoing editing!

For this project I’m starting with

See? It works, but my attempts that did anything finer than a basic shape didn’t come out very well.

While I was searching our supply closet for tote bags to practice on, I found an entire tub of printing supplies. No one here has any idea where they came from or who bought them, but the tub included a bunch of pre stretched silk hoops! Very similar to these:

I decided to give those a try, and WOAH, way less hassle. A little pricey, but the embroidery hoops were too. I’ll probably let the teens make one of each.

Step 1: decide what you want to make. I made stencils with our diecuts and had some success with those, but of all my practice attempts (4 total), the freehand drawing turned out the best.

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Originally published at: Teenbrarian

And so it begins

By Lisa Rabey

Dear Internet,

I was thankful to have known ahead of time my position was going to be converted from contract to permanent, which was why I sat on the fence about my decision to reapply for so long. The fall out from the revised job description, plus a few other factors, was the tipping point for my final decision. And that was that — I was on the market once again.

It doesn’t feel like four years since I last job hunted, but here we are once again doing the shuck and jive to win the approval so I can feel like a productive (and wanted) member of society. Go team.

Four years ago I thought I was hot shit because I had all this experience stacked behind me from a variety of career fields that translated well into library speak, which was and still remains true. But I was wholly naive about the depth and breadth of the library world. Even though I had worked as a reference librarian throughout my MLIS program, I was woefully unprepared.

Thanks to the insight from working full time in my current position for the last three years, I can now pinpoint all the mistakes [Continue Reading]

Originally published at: Exit, Pursued by a Bear