Just for Fun: Sassy, Funny, and Silly Librarian Calendars

Wowza! Have you noticed the uptick in the number of librarian calendars of late? Librarians have likely always struggled with their “image”… however, articles like the recent Personal Branding for Librarians from ALA, and What a Librarian Looks Like from the Huffington Post blog point towards the fact that the image struggle still continues… maybe even more so!

So, what’s a librarian to do, you ask? Increasingly, the answer seems to be …. create a librarian calendar! (Okay, so maybe the real reason is to raise money, but it’s really all about the image, right?!)

Here are a few of my favorites! 

Zombies in the Library

2013 Tattooed Youth Librarians of Massachusetts

Cat Librarian Calendar 2013 (may not actually “help” our cause!)

And… we can’t forget 2012’s Men of the Stacks

Have you ran across any fun librarian calendars or sites? Share here!

Academic Librarians — Register for Ebooks and Academics: Video Presentations and Discussion

Register today for Ebooks and Academics: Video Presentations and Discussion!

Academic Librarians from all Colleges in Central MN

St. Cloud State University New Welcome Center (easy parking)

Friday, November 30, 9:00AM-12:30 PM

Academic librarians, please join your colleagues from around the region for this local event with outstanding national content!! Attendees may include personnel from: College of St. Bens/Johns, Rasmussen College, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, SCSU, Cambridge Campus of ARCC, and Pine Technical College. Recently, CMLE staff participated in the virtual SEFLIN eBook conference called eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future, and paid for group access to the recordings of the five national presenters.  We selected the messages of national ebook experts, Sue Polanka and Chad Mairn, as being of most interest to you for this first event.  Besides listening to their best thinking on ebooks, we would like to offer this opportunity to network informally and discuss local ebook developments and ideas too. CMLE is hosting and arranging this free event.

Come ready to listen, engage, and discuss!! Light refreshments will be served.


9:00-9:15              Introductions & logistics

9:15 – 10:15        Sue Polanka (Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State Universities Libraries)– eBook Licensing and Access: Now and in the Future

This session will analyze barriers to ebook lending models currently available for libraries including licensing, packaging, DRM, use models, and pricing. Trends in the publishing industry such as self-publishing, enhanced ebooks and digital textbooks, which may impact libraries, will be highlighted, demonstrating new opportunities for the future.

10:15-10:45         Group Discussion

10:45 – 11:00      Break

11:00 – 12:00      Chad Mairn (Information Services Librarian and adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College & Chief Technology Officer, Novare Library Services) – Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks

New examples of electronic reading material — e-books, e-magazines, e-textbooks — are appearing every day as well as devices and software to read them on. Accessing, transferring, and interacting with electronic text via Nooks, Kindles, and other e-reading devices, however, can be complicated. Join Chad Mairn as he offers tips and tricks for library staff to help their patrons use their e-reading devices to their full potential. This session will include information on: dedicated and non-dedicated e-readers, new and innovative e-reading devices and software, current and upcoming e-formats, digital Rights Management, privacy issues, and emerging technologies impacting reading in a digital age.

12:00 – 12:30      Group Discussion

Not enough discussion time? Consider walking to Bo Diddleys, Pacific Wok, Noodles & Company, or Chipotle for lunch on your own and continued conversation/debate with colleagues.

Registration is requested. Deadline is end of day on Wednesday, November 28. Register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EbooksAcademics

Kate Bessey will be contacting all registrants by Thursday, November 29 with directions and parking instructions.

We hope you’ll join us! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

P.S. Not to worry, similar events will be held in the near future for our other library types as well! Be on the look out!

Learnist: Like Pinterest only Different?

We can tell from our blog stats that many of you either already love or have an interest in Pinterest. Learnist is a website (app) that is similar to Pinterest and is designed for educators. Read about how English teacher Hauna Zaich uses Learnist in her eight and tenth grade classes. Zaich says, “This year, I wanted to incorporate elements of a flipped classroom into my teaching, and I found that Learnist was a great tool for that. In the classroom, I’ve used Learnist as a practical option for my lessons, and students were receptive to the Learnboards I created to teach grammar. (Here are two that I used to help teach tenth graders about passive and active voice and verb tense and verb agreement.) I think my students found the mix of reading, examples, videos and online practice activities to be helpful.” Read the full article at Edutopia.org/Hauna Zaich’s blog (11/12)

14 Ways Public Libraries Are Good for the Country

An oldie but a goodie, this information has been offered before in other venues. It resides on the iLoveLibraries.org site (an initiative of the American Library Association). This little list is a great source to review so you have a solid set of talking points as we move into new relationships with legislators. You always need to have your “elevator speech” ready!

It is sometimes harder (takes more time too) to explain and speak to the virtues and issues of special, school, and academic libraries, because without a full explanation about funding streams and mission, it is easy jump to a conclusion of redundancy. But most legislators fully understand public libraries, a well-loved, well understood concept. The concise little list of 14 is available at http://tinyurl.com/8ryvrfx 

*The list linked to in this post originally appeared in the Librarians Books of Lists (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2010).

Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps

Are you feeling a bit discouraged, negative, or hopeless in your work? It happens to the best of us from time to time, so don’t be too hard on yourself, but also take action! If you have adopted a passive “whatever” attitude, take action now. Stephen Abram’s blog post on this subject is exactly what we all need to refocus and revisit our passion. You’ve heard the saying, “teach like your hair is on fire?” Librarians are teachers, coaches, advisors, mentors…the list goes on! Can you even imagine how we could change the world if we approached our work with the passion we had when we started our careers? You are in for a treat…read Stephen’s blog post at http://tinyurl.com/b224qdj  and engage in librarianship again like your hair is on fire!

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