Inspired Doing: Canadian Support Staff Day 2014

People ask me what I do. I reply, "I work as a library technician at a college." They respond, "But I thought everyone working in a library is a librarian."  I patiently explain it's not the case. We have clerks, those with on-the-job experience, I have a diploma in Library and Information Sciences from Red … Continue reading Inspired Doing: Canadian Support Staff Day 2014

Inspired Thinking: Ken Roberts, Facing the Future

We now realize that knowledge and creativity add economic value. We understand that future jobs will place less value on a strong back and more value on a strong mind. Libraries give us the chance to maintain a literate, creative society. -Ken Roberts, FACING THE FUTURE  A Vision Document for British Columbia’s Public Libraries Last weekend, … Continue reading Inspired Thinking: Ken Roberts, Facing the Future

Canadian Library Month Gets Inspired

It's Canadian Library Month in October. Libraries put on displays and programming to highlight the important role libraries have in society. I changed my header for the blog to reflect this year's theme Libraries Inspire.  The Canadian Library Month website will collect stories about the impact of libraries on people. In an age of information overload, … Continue reading Canadian Library Month Gets Inspired

SlideShare Axes Its Freemium Model, Makes ‘Pro’ Features Like Analytics Free

I have a slideshare account, and mulled over going premium as a way to express content on the blog. This is great news for Librarians, Library Techs, or anyone using this service. Thank you Slideshare!

Manitoba Libraries Conference Recap

The Manitoba Libraries Conference happened last week.  While it ran from May 12-14, I could logistically go for one day.  If you read this blog, and attended other sessions, leave a comment.  If you wrote about a session in your own blog, leave a link and earn yourself a ping, or its equivalent. About That … Continue reading Manitoba Libraries Conference Recap

Spring Blooms and So Do My Allergies (With a Bonus Observations)

"What are you doing here?" asked my co-worker, genuinely concerned with my watery eyes and persistent sniffling. "It's allergies not a cold," I answered. On Friday I noticed the trees begin to bud around Winnipeg.  Unfortunately my allergies decided to bud as well, leaving me with a nose feeling like a wad of cotton balls … Continue reading Spring Blooms and So Do My Allergies (With a Bonus Observations)

Manitoba Libraries Conference 2014: In Pursuit of Unlimited Potential

When not fangirling over something, or someone, I usually read and deepen my knowledge as a library technician.  This year the Manitoba Libraries Conference unveiled its theme of 'Unlimited Potential'.  I actually like that theme.  After hearing all about libraries either dead, or dying, it's time to see what new ways to bring services to … Continue reading Manitoba Libraries Conference 2014: In Pursuit of Unlimited Potential

The Curiosity Business

Today marks Library Support Workers day in Canada.  For those who don't know, it's the third Friday of October usually marked by well-wishes in the library.  (Hopefully, also marked by food as it always goes well with said well wishes.)  For those in need of something official, have a look at CLA President Pilar Martinez's proclamation … Continue reading The Curiosity Business

The Many Lives, and Rumoured Deaths, of the Library

Another day, another libraries-are-dead article making the rounds.  This one comes from Techcrunch, a publication I normally enjoy reading for its thoughtful analysis of technology issues, or the latest gadgets.  This time a writer named MG Siegler wrote the following:A simple link. That’s all it took to unleash a hailstorm of angry emails, messages, tweets, … Continue reading The Many Lives, and Rumoured Deaths, of the Library

"A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a … Continue reading