A Love Letter From Neil Gaiman

A Love Letter From Neil Gaiman

What follows is a letter that would make even the staunchest skeptic believe in libraries. Thank you, Neil Gaiman, for your unwavering support and unparalleled mastery of the human language. It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, … Continue reading

I’d Rather Be Reading

I’d Rather Be Reading

My sense of adventure is… a bit tame. I realize that. I’m a book nerd, through and through, and most days I’m pretty content to stay inside wrapped up with the latest best-selling novel. But when I spot a travel blog or Facebook post extolling the virtues of seeing the world, I get wrapped up in … Continue reading

How to Give a Great Presentation

How to Give a Great Presentation

Use Great Fonts Creating a slideshow? Don’t let fonts be an afterthought. Digital Inspiration gives us an amazing guide on the best fonts for PowerPoint presentations. If you’re nervous about installing new fonts – don’t worry, it’s fairly easy and completely worth the trouble. (By the way, Font Squirrel is great for free fonts.) Follow the 10/20/30 Rule The 10/20/30 rule … Continue reading

What is a Library?

What is a Library?

If you missed out on the presentation I gave at CLA, never fear! I’ve summarized it here, for your perusing pleasure. So. What is a library? How can we define a library space? I came to the conclusion that a library can be whatever we want it to be, but it helps if we are guided … Continue reading

Libraries Let You Express Yourself

Libraries Let You Express Yourself

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: libraries are magical. Not only do they hold the key to any and all information, not only do they allow you to speak your mind, they also permit you to be who you are – whatever that means for you. If you would like to feel … Continue reading

So Sue Me! Librarians Have Power

So Sue Me! Librarians Have Power

Librarians are superheroes within the world of information, and they have great power. They typically wield it for good, not evil. But like all superheroes they will have their enemies. And today, the librarian’s enemy is suing them in court. First, Edwin Mellen Press began by suing a McMaster University Librarian, David Askey. And now, … Continue reading

What Happens When You Stop Buying Books?

What Happens When You Stop Buying Books?

Books are cheap, right? Most paperbacks can be picked up for around $10, which is not going to put a major dent in the budget. However, if you’re an avid reader like I am, the money you spend on books can really add up. So I decided to experiment. I have been compiling a “To Read” list … Continue reading

Five Books That Changed My Mind

Five Books That Changed My Mind

Books that challenge your way of thinking or open you to new ideas make for very wonderful reading. Below are five books that radically changed the way I think – for the better. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Highschool can be very much about fitting in. For me, this book cemented the idea that being yourself (and being … Continue reading