LITA AvramCamp, an ALA Annual Precon

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Going to ALA Annual in Chicago? Don’t miss a unique and exciting full day of engagement by attending the LITA AvramCamp, a AdaCamp-inspired event Friday June 23, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Northwestern University, Weiboldt Hall, Chicago, IL Discover ALA Annual Ticketed Events Register for ALA Annual events Women in technology face numerous challenges in […]

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Evaluating Databases: Prioritizing on a Shoestring

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Libraries have limited resources, and the portion afforded to electronic resources requires some savvy prioritization to meet patrons’ needs while sticking to budgets. Allocation of spending is a key issue for many libraries, and database subscriptions can cost thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars. For smaller libraries, it’s possible to spend the electronic resources […]

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To Fidget or Not To Fidget

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At a recent library event, a frantic eighth grader rushed up to me and asked if we could make an announcement because his spinner was missing. To which I said, “Your what?” It’s becoming a challenge to keep up with the latest in the world of fidgets. At the beginning of the school year, slime […]

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Library Blog Basics

I think we can probably agree that libraries are no longer exclusively geographical locations that our users come to: patrons also visit virtually. Many of their tasks at a library’s website are pragmatic — renewing books, checking their records, searching the online catalog and placing holds — but, increasingly, libraries are beginning to think of […]

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#NoFilter: Social Media Planning for the Library

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The #NoFilter series explores some of the challenges and concerns that accompany a library’s use of social media. In my January 2017 post, I discussed the importance of generating thoughtful and diverse social media content in order to attract users and stimulate discussion of the library’s materials and services. Part and parcel of the content […]

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