Libraries Shall Lead the Way

Tracking Progress, Underlining Potential: Launch of the 2019 Development and Access to Information Report was released in May 2019. This important document stresses that internet access is essential, people need the skills to be able to use it. And it is through Libraries that this skill development can be best grown across the population.



Tips to Answering 5 Common Library Interview Questions

A great starting point for working on those difficult to answer interview questions.

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One request I have received repeatedly to Nailing the Library Interview is answers to interview questions. I put out a lot of resources on questions YOU might be asked on library job interviews, but answers? Not so much.

The reason I have hesitated is that an interview requires you to think on your feet. It’s more of an art than a science. Canned responses won’t often work here. This isn’t like a multiple choice exam with only one correct answer.

However, there are a few common questions you will likely get asked regardless of the job. Below are a few pointers to help craft your responses.

1. Why are you interested in this position? / Why do you want to work here? 

  • The Job Description: You need to mention something related to the job description. Did you read it and think “this is something I can’t pass up!”…

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A well kept secret Library in Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Club Library, Australia – the best kind of secret, visit Library Planet to see what a beautiful library it is.

50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults by Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci

A great addition to any library space

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50+ Fandom Programs

Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Non-fiction, library science

Synopsis: With so many great pieces of media coming out, there must be something we can do to bring them into the library space!  And fear not, these three authors have created programs for all ages about Doctor Who, Star Trek, Harry Potter, and more!

Review: What an incredible resource for teen librarians!  Let me tell you, this book is FILLED with great ideas and directions.  There are programs for Shadow Hunters, Magic: The Gathering, and more–even some nostalgic programs as well, like Star Trek and the Babysitters’ Club.

As usual, these three authors take great care in divulging just how much time it’ll take to prep and enact the program, what needs to be done, and how you might be able to do a cross-over program or market it to a different age group.  This is definitely worth reading if you’re working in a…

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Breastfeeding books to add to the Library collection

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week,

Phoebe Fox compiled a great list of titles to add to the Library collection.

163: Rebecca Vnuk

Do you work in Reader’s Advisory, then listen to this interview and receive some inspiration and ideas for how best to serve your patrons!

Circulating Ideas

Steve chats with Rebecca Vnuk, Executive Director of LibraryReads, about her current favorite reads, what LibraryReads is, and how library staff can get involved.

Rebecca Vnuk is the Executive Director of LibraryReads. She has an MLIS from Dominican University and worked as a public librarian before becoming the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist magazine. Rebecca is the author of three reference books on the topic of Women’s Fiction, as well as a best-selling book on weeding library collections. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2010 and was the 2010 PLA Allie Beth Martin Award Winner for distinguished Readers Advisory Service. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two tween sons (both of whom still love to read, whew!).

This episode of Circulating Ideas is brought to you with support from Becky Spratford and RA for All. Readers’ advisory…

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What Do Gifted Teens Say About Their Struggles?

This post particularly hits home, as my 12 year old expresses their thoughts on starting High School next year. A little part of me hopes that they can find their tribe there at school, that like me, they will find some like-minded folk, who thirty odd years down the track, still keep in contact.

Your Rainforest Mind

photo courtesy of Ben White, Unsplash

The gifted adolescents that I have known grapple with existential depression, anxiety, loneliness, perfectionism, sensitivities, empathy, misdiagnoses, bullying, and serious frustrations with the school system. Here is “one” teen’s voice synthesized from the many that I have met over the years. All people will benefit when we take the time to understand our gifted children.

I’m in counseling because my parents are worried. I don’t have any real friends and I spend a lot of time in my room or on my phone. My grades are dropping. I’m actually failing in a couple classes. They’re afraid I’m depressed, maybe even suicidal. My parents are right to be concerned. I don’t know what’s wrong but I’ve been kind of a mess ever since I can remember. And lately, I’ve been wondering, what’s the point?

I remember being in kindergarten and I tried to talk with…

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