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Librarian’s Choice

This is Mary and Holly’s catch-all category. Here we feature posts about librarians and libraries as well as just some cool stuff we find.

NLW 2017 – Lively Libraries

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250 tested ideas for lively libraries or GO, PEP, and POP!
Baeckler and Larson


Submitter: Not only is this book ancient, but it was also still on the shelf.  We are a small, rural public library.

Holly: The sample suggestion card (first image below) is fantastic. At first I thought an actual patron wrote in the book and the staff responded, but it’s just a sample (the authors’ names are in the response). Some of the ideas in the book aren’t bad. Others, like “Acquaint yourself with …various printing machines: ditto, mimeograph, electric mimeo an dstencil maker, offset press.” are horribly outdated.

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Natl Lib Wk 2017- Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship

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ALB Celebrates National Library Week 2017 with  some library themed choices.

Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship
Josey and Peeples

Submitter: It always exciting to see librarian career guides at my local public library. I am always talking up our career to people who would make great librarians. So it’s good to have books that better help people understand what we do. Sadly, this is not one of them. All this represents is why it’s important to weed your career section. I am attaching the punch card I found in the back of the book. Those were all removed in the 1990’s, so it’s pretty cool to see. Who remembers those!?

Holly: Fantastic book for the 70s, and worth updating if possible to reflect diversity in librarianship. This belongs in a library that collects on the history of librarianship. It cites the 1970 census, for goodness’ sake. That was FOUR censuses ago!



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Librarians Ruin Everything!

As Holly and I prepare for ALB’s “best of” list for 2016, I have decided to tell everyone just how powerful a librarian I am.  Holly is too.  Evidently, I have the power to ruin all sorts of things in our daily lives and wreak havoc everywhere.  Here are some of the wonderful /evil things I have perpetrated among during my reign of terror in library service.

EVIL Disclaimer

Although I may have appeared to have abused my powerful library skills, I am in fact, really not that bad. I really don’t want to RUIN everything.  I have really tried to keep my evil powers in check.

  • I have been told it is my fault because the Farmer’s Almanac did not say it would rain on their precious daughter’s wedding day.
  • I have also been requested to predict the weather over a year in advance more times than I can count. In one instance, it was implied that I would be “reported” to a local Detroit TV weatherman.
  • I have ruined a family event as a meeting room was not available on a particular date. According to the patron, this disappointment will kill all the elderly relatives that were attending.
  • I have been accused of corrupting the youth by offering programming that celebrated a satanic holiday (aka Halloween), accused of hating America because I didn’t have a 4th of July event, and discriminating against gifted kids because our Summer Reading program didn’t have a special, separate program for gifted toddlers.
  • Evidently, I am also responsible for breaking Google and the Internet. Evidently our library is “too cheap to pay for the good Google and Internet.”
  • I have also ruined the reading experience:  because our library chose to use receipts instead of stamping the books.
  • I have ruined the entire library: because we have too much “liberal clap trap” and/or too much “conservative crap”
  • I also ruined a used book sale at the library because I insisted that the volunteers take down a sign that said “Black People Books”.
  • Ruining summer reading by not having a competitive reading contest, because how will we know who the “best” reader is?
  • Ruining a vacation, because I should have told them that it might snow. In January. In Michigan.

I know that everyone out there in library land is also pretty good at ruining everyone’s life and/or day as we all continue to fight the good fight in service and literacy. We are with you!

Peace, Love, and Stable Library Funding in 2017


Mary and Holly