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Embrace 2.0

If someone came up to me and said:  Hey, we don’t have any money, but we really need to boost the library’s presence and image.  Do you have any ideas?

I would say:







examples of libraries using Twitter: Hennipen County Library, Danbury Library and DC Public Library


examples of libraies using Flickr:   Lester Public Library,  Cape May County Library  and Hennepin County Library

This one thinks libraries need to be where our users are. 


Why not?


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Post Secret

Every Monday I visit the Post Secret website.  I think this is an amazing project.  I have been following it for almost a couple of years.  You never know who is sending in the secrets.  The secrets we are reading could be your mom’s, your flat mates, or even your co-workers.   This week, a post really caught my eye:


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A poll is a poll is a poll

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Digital Signage

I really need to work on my interview skills.  I am always quoted saying the lamest things. 

Education:  The Loneliest Help Desk in Town

How rad would it be to integrate digital signage systems into libraries?  Way finding?  Program marketing?  RSS feeds?  Collection info?  Conference room scheduling?  Patron of the month?  And with digital signage, there is no tape involved; totally bringing sexy back.


Today’s MN Daily Letter to the Editor is in regard to a department’s decision to install digital signage using budgetary funds from a previous fiscal year.  Budgets are not a reflection of the current economy, but what was happening the year before or the year before that.  Not until next year and the year after that will we really feel the effects of the current economic stresses.

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Wild @ the library

yikes!  I worked my first weekend at the library as a librarian.  And it was interesting.  Somehow things did not go swimmingly; however, with my years of experience, I was able to shoot from the hip and no one may have even known there was anything up.  I work for a place that has a lot of really great people and take one for the team over and over again.  I am all about that team.

The MN Zoo held a program at the Northern Suburban Library near I35E.  The kids loved it.  The parents loved it.  It was a pretty big deal.  The kids were able to handle a chinchilla, armadillo, horned lizard and giant millipedes.  The Annie the horned owl was not handled.





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Shelving provided me with insight

Part of the training for my new job is to become familiar with the collection and and layout of the space.  Yesterday while I was shelving Easies (children’s books) I spotted this out of the corner of my eye:


Pretty rad.  I am so  flippin happy and proud that this book is on the shelf in the library I work at.  Which now that I think about it is kind of sad.  What makes me so happy about this?  Maybe its the fact that so many libraries are confronted by homophobes to not have the item in the collection.  blah blah blah Maybe I will start writing children’s books with gay characters, rainbows, parades, flannel, hiking boots, cargo pants, granola, vegetarians, feminists, and hair stylists.  I need an illustrator though for some inspiration.


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First Day @ the Northern Suburban Library Near 35E

I received my Librarian name tag yesterday. I guess it is official. I am a muther effin librarian! Watch out world. I also find in ironic that I received a notice from my bank that my student loan repayment is about to begin. hmmmm.
Here are some facts about my new branch and its surrounding area:
The cities population according to the last census is 14,440. Whitehall is 1, 300. St. Paul is 287,151.
The city is 125 mi south of Duluth. I have only been to Duluth once for 5 minutes to get salted licorice at that candy store near Grandma’s.
The branch has a blue postal box in its parking lot.
Next to that blue postal box is a St. Paul Pi Press newspaper thingy.

I can’t give away too much in this posting, I need to keep you all on edge.

It is very cold inside, which is very good as I like to layer. Very excited about this.

And this is what I saw as I left the branch.

Later in the evening, I had dinner at Sawatdee with my friend Teena.  I ordered a bloody mary along with my Toam Yum.  I told the server I like olives.  Its no secret.  And this is what she brought out to me.  I understand the image quality is not so great, but I think you will get the idea.


yes, there are eight olives in that drink.

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