Thursday, April 23, 2015

RA for All: Keeping the Shelves In Order (reblogged with comment) via @raforall

RA for All: Keeping the Shelves In Order:   Every other week I volunteer at my daughter's elementary school library. Although I am often consulted on larger issues pertaining to ...


I am reblogging this from a 2010 post from Becky Spratford because it raises ideas which people still need to think about, and take action on.  It highlights the importance of knowing the collection, presenting it well, and roving to provide services. These are all still really important.  Yes, you need to know the tools to use, whether for reference, reader's advisory or however you are helping the client (and Becky has done lots of great work in other blog posts to highlight some readers' advisory tools), but you need to be in your library space to help clients.

This also involves being in the online space - how do you offer assistance there?  Does your website have a pop up inviting clients to chat with you?

How can you provide the same depth and breadth of services online as in library (it is possible, but it requires thought and action). Enough of my rant, I encourage you to read Becky's post.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

my review of Hoopla

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected EmbroideryHoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book exploring how many different people use embroidery in their lives, and the great storytelling potential there is in this.

I was interested in the diversity of the embroiderers. I am going to use that term despite some of the people in the book preferring to use the term 'manbroidery" as it is all embroidery, regardless of who has the needle in their hands.

There are stories of people and stories of place. Some people took it up as a way to pass time in gaol, and there are some wonderful project associated with this, and with providing income after gaol. (The British Library work of art for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta has been partly embroidered by prisoners.). Some of the examples in the book are by individuals, and others are collaborations.

There is also background information for getting started in embroidery and some projects you could consider. Embroidery has a lot of potential for linking to local studies in public libraries, and there would seem to be some great possibilities for collaborative work. I really enjoyed reading this book, and am considering trying some embroidery.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A lovely case of mistaken identity

This tweet
came through my twitter stream, as an alert. It is lovely. They look a great group of people to work with, but it was not me who was visiting.  I am really sympathetic to typos in twitter handles as every conference or so (and it used to be very conference), I would make a typo in someone's twitter handle.  Seeing this photograph, was a lovely lift to my day as it joyful, and I really like that people are being trained to create cartoons (lots more comics).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Hunt Library video wall experience on Storify

This library looks amazing. I keep seeing different photographs of this library and I really like the #myhuntlibrary images. Here are some more great photographs and stories from this library.