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About the Authors

Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner are public librarians in Michigan.  We have worked together since 1999.  We both have a passion for books and libraries, so we created this web site to share some of the cool (and, if we’re being honest, not so cool) old books that are gracing library shelves everywhere.

We are available for conference presentations, staff in-services,  and webinars. We can happily discuss collection quality, maintenance, development, policy, and weeding.  Hey – name your topic and we’ll enlighten you with our wisdom!

Click here for FAQs about hiring ALB for your conference.

We are also available for consulting.  We can:

  • Help your library update collection management policies
  • Write collection management plans
  • Write weeding plans
  • Weed and re-organize your collections
  • Select materials for opening day or other special collections
  • Write proposals for new collections
  • Create summer reading programs
  • Train staff to do all of the above

These are just a few examples – let us know what you had in mind for other library work.

Check out our CV below and contact us at submit (at) awfullibrarybooks.net


Presentations on Slideshare

We have presented at quite a few library conferences on a variety of subjects. Check out our Slideshare page to see our presentations.

Speaking Engagements

2016

  • Upcoming: “Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development,” Spring Institute, Michigan Library Association, April 2016
  • Upcoming: “Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development,” Webinar, Northern Waters Library Services, May 2016
  • “Professional Pursuits: Posting, Publishing, and Presenting,” Present Like a Pro, Michigan Library Association, March 2016

2015

  • “Making a Collection Count,” Webinar, South Central Library System, WI, November 2015
  • “Collection Budgets,” Webinar, Elsevier, October 2015
  • “Weed Smart,” Webinar, Public Library Association, October 2015
  • “Making a Collection Count,” Arrowhead Library System, Mountain Iron, MN, May 2015
  • “Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development,” Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI, April 2015
  • “Weed ‘Em and Weep: Hoarding is Not Collection Development,” Webinar, Panhandle Library Access Network, May 2015

2014

  • Out with the Old, In with the New,” Closing keynote, Kansas Library Association annual conference, October 2014
  • “Selection 101” and “Weed ‘Em and Weep,” Library of Michigan Beginning Workshop, Bellaire, MI, May 2014
  • “Weed ‘Em and Weep,” Library Administrator’s Conference of Northern Illinois, April 2014.
  • “Out with the Old, In with the New,” Ohio Library Council Technical Services Retreat, Columbus, OH, April 2014
  • “Making a Collection Count,” Public Library Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 2014

2013

  • “Making a Collection Count” and “Weeding 101,” Dayton Metro Library, October 2013
  • “Making a Collection Count,” University of Umea, Umea, Sweden, October 2013
  • “Making a Collection Count,” County of Los Angeles Public Library Staff Day Closing Session, Pasadena, CA, August 2013.
  • “Out with the Old, In with the New,” and “Making a Collection Count,” Illinois State Library and University of Illinois-Springfield, August 2013.
  • “Out with the Old, In with the New,” Pioneerland Library System, Willmar, MN, June 2013.
  • “Weeding 101” and “Selection 101,” Library of Michigan Beginning Workshop, Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI, May 2013
  • “Thingamabobs and Doodads: Tech Support IS Reference,” Ohio Library Council, Toledo, OH, April 2013.
  • “Making a Collection Count,” Ohio Library Council, Toledo, OH, April 2013.
  • “Out with the Old, In with the New,” SELCO, Rochester, MN, January 2013.

2012

  • “Thingamabobs and Doodads: Tech Support IS Reference,” Internet Librarian International, London, October  2012.
  • “Thingamabobs and Doodads: Tech Support IS Reference,” Michigan Library Association Annual Conference, November 2012.
  • Keynote presentation: “Out With the Old, In With the New,” Arkansas Library Association 2012 conference, October 2012.
  • “Collection Metrics,” Arkansas Library Association 2012 conference, October 2012.
  • “Weeding 101,” Library of Michigan Beginner Workshop, May 2012.
  • “Making a Collection Count,” Library of Michigan Beginner Workshop, May 2012.
  • “Thingamabobs and Doodads,” Library of Michigan Rural Libraries Conference, May 2012.
  • “Non-Fiction Reader Advisory,” Library of Michigan Rural Libraries conference, May 2012.

2011

  • “Making a Collection Count,” Indiana Library Federation, November 2011.
  • “Professional Pursuits: Posting, Publishing, and Presenting,” Michigan Library Association, October 2011.
  • “Out With the Old, In With the New,” Sponsored by Collection HQ andLibrary Journal, October 2011
  • Webinar on weeding, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, October 2011.
  • “Weeding 101,” Michigan Association for Media in Education, October 2011.
  • “Making a Collection Count,” State Library of South Carolina, September 2011.
  • “Promoting Library Services through Adult Summer Reading Programs,” Mid-Michigan Library League, May 2011.

2010

  • “Making a Collection Count,” South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference, Sioux Falls, SD, September 2010.
  • “Weeding 101, or Awful Library Books: Get Them Off Your Shelves,” South Dakota Library Association Annual Conference, Sioux Falls, SD, September 2010.
  • “Thingamabobs and Doodads: Why Tech Support IS Reference,” Long Island Library Resources Council and Suffolk County Library Association, Bellport, New York, July 2010.

2009

  • “Not Just for Kids: Promoting Library Services through Adult Summer Reading Programs,” American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2009.
  • “Thingamabobs and Doodads: Why Tech Support IS Reference,” American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2009.
  • “Making a Collection Count,” Rural Libraries Conference, Traverse City, MI, April 2009.
  • “Teaching Computers to Beginners,” Rural Libraries Conference, Traverse City, MI, April 2009.
Consulting Projects
  • Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner: Gale/Cengage learning, 2010-present. Select and write for Books and Authors database and What Do I Read Next print volumes, as well as the Gale Blog.
  • Mary Kelly: Lyon Township Public Library, 2010. Weeded and re-organized collection and created a collection management plan.
  • Mary Kelly: Spring Arbor University, 2009. Substitute librarian, also weeded collection.

Published Articles and Books

  • In progress: Weeding Manual of the Public Library Association
  • Hibner, H., & Kelly, M. (2013). Making a collection count: A holistic approach to library collection management (Second ed.). Witney, Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.
  • Hibner, H. and Kelly, M. (2008). “Not Just for the Kids: Promoting Library Services through Adult Summer Reading Programs.” Public Libraries, Jul/Aug 2008.
  • Hibner, H. (2007). “Reference on the Edge.” Public Libraries, 46:1, 21-22.
  • Hibner, H. and Kelly, M. (2005) “Teaching Computers to Seniors: What Not to Do.” Public Libraries, May/June 2005, 151-155.
  • Hibner, H. (2005). “The Wireless Librarian: Using Tablet PCs for Ultimate Reference and Customer Service: A Case Study.” Library Hi Tech News, 22:5, 19-22.

Citation

  • McGrath, R.V. (2005) “Real Reader Advisory: New Approaches for Marketing Your Library.” Public Libraries, Jan/Feb 2005, 6.

Articles about Awful Library Books

Interviews with Holly & Mary about Awful Library Books

Archived Webinars