Five Things I Learned From My First ALA Annual Meeting

  • saying hello to every single librarian you meet is a really good thing
  • listening, laughing, carrying books and drinking hurricanes go together
  • your blistered feet don’t hurt when you get caught in a summer thunderstorm
  • illustrators give amazing speeches (Erin Stead…) that make you weep
  • transliteracy programming is critical to the relevancy of librarianship in the 21st century
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LibraryThing

I am new to LibraryThing and am now exploring its possibilities. Like ScribD and GoodReads, LibraryThing is an online community centered around people sharing information about what they are reading, what they have read and what they hope to read in the future. These free sites provide users with the opportunity to share personal reviews, engage in active debate and locate new recommendations. LibraryThing does an especially nice job of situating texts within the context of their production and reception. One of the unique aspects of LibraryThing and what makes it so compelling to librarians and librarians-in-training is its focus on cataloging and general organization of book-like things.

National Digital Library for the United States

Inspired by Robert Darnton’s call for a national digital library for the United States which he begins to map out in a 2010 blog post for the New York Review of Books, I can see this library as resource for a network of academic institutions as well as civic ones. Small town public libraries connected to University collections, urban school libraries connected to museum libraries, and all of these libraries connected to a nexus of new media outlets facilitating a 21st web of connections, conversations and new forms of accountability.

Hello world!

Welcome to my website.

Trained as a feminist cultural studies scholar, with a background in composition and creative writing, I am in the process of making a professional transition into the field of public librarianship for children and youth. I am passionate about re-thinking libraries as participatory spaces for communal collaboration, engagement and innovation especially through the use of digital technologies and various literacy practices.  Like journalists, information and library professionals are now being challenged to re-think their role as expert knowledge providers and asked instead to rethink of their roles and responsibilities in terms of an engaged, accountable, participant-guide.

I believe public and academic librarians have an exciting opportunity to work in direct connection with journalists, authors, artists, educators, public officials and citizens to deconstruct the “the apostle of culture” (Garrison) and reimagine contemporary library resources, services so that they continue to feel both relevant and transformationational addressing the needs of a wider range of disparate community members.