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Writing a Great Library Job Ad (Hiring Series #1)

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Ads bring people to your library!

Everyone has seen job ads. You probably have your current job because you followed one back to your employer.

What do you think of when you think job ad?

  • tedious list of requirements (you don’t even meet some of them)
  • no salary given
  • clipped sentences, acronyms that sound like a bad dating app
  • sounds just like every other ad you read

Too often, this is just what library ads are: a dull, colorless list of requirements assembled without a lot of thought about (or knowledge of) a job. People apply, sure. But are they interested in your library? Are they inspired by your job? Or do they just want a job, any job, and yours is no worse than others??

Job ads can be a way to really show off the best in your organization. Instead of that dull list of stuff that people may or may not ever actually do, this is an opportunity to sell your library as a good place to work. (If it’s not a good place to work, that is a different issue; and one you may want to address before hiring anyone else!)

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Recommended App: Duolingo

DuoLingoRecently, the AASL came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning for 2014.  The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

Duolingo is one such app.  The app encourages students to learn another language by rewarding points for correct translations.  The app starts off easy and is simple to use.  AASL provides a tip: use the app along with geography lessons to get students interested in learning another language!

The app is free and is available on iOS and Google Play.  It is recommended for 3rd through 12th graders.  Check out the promotional video:

For more apps, check out our 2014 Recommended App archive!

Recommended App: Monster Physics

moster_physicsRecently, the AASL came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning for 2014. The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

One of those apps, Monster Physics, is a building app that lets students play with monsters to learn physics! By using 68 different parts including wheels, rockets, magnets and more, students learn physics through solving missions and building their own inventions. AASL recommends that Monster Physics can be used to explain basic concepts such as mass, force, friction, acceleration and more.

At .99 the app is only available on iOS and recommended for 3rd through 12th graders. Check out the promotional video:

For more apps, check out our 2014 Recommended App archive!

2013 Best Books: Self Help

Image by Czarina Alegre. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.
Image by Czarina Alegre. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

I believe, one of the greatest abilities humans possess is the aptitude to continue to learn and grow from experiences. As the year comes to an end, and with a new one just beginning, this can be an opportunity to reflect on events from 2013. If you are in the process of searching for helpful resources, for yourself and/or your library, CMLE’s book list this week features the Best Books 2013: Self Help, by Library Journal (December 2013.) For additional books, click on the post from O (Oprah) Winter Reading by Leigh Newman, Don’t Go It Alone: 9 Books That Will Help You Clean Up Your Life.  O’s book list inspires and encourage positive changes both personally and professionally.

Special note: According to Brandon Gaille (November 2013), a small business blogger for entrepreneurs, “The self improvement industry [which includes a variety of market segments] is estimated to be worth $11 billion in the United States alone.” Gaille surmised that the American self help book industry is estimated to be worth $776 million.