Posted in American Libraries, Program, Public Libraries Online

Catching Up on Some Professional Reading

stack of professional library journalsWhen I was working in the public library (It’s been five years!), I was a little more on top of reading Library Journal. I’d often use it as a collection development tool. Now that I am working in a library system, I often forget to take a look at the professional journals that are available to me through the public library or online. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” I want to make a more concerted effort to read professional journals in the field of librarianship.

I recently learned that School Library Journal, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Review are available online through BadgerLink. BadgerLink is a online state resource for folks in Wisconsin. Wisconsin library staff, visit Badgerlink and look under Popular Magazines.

Here are some articles of note:

Every Month is Black History Month: Richland Library uses programming and dialogue to engage the African-American community year-round by Quincy Pugh, American Libraries, Mar/Apr 2018

Directed Learning: Cut costs with plan-ahead activities for youth and their caregivers, Abby Johnson, American Libraries, Jan/Feb 2018

Social Justice Symposium for Teens by Erin Hoopes, Philadelphia Institute Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia, Public Libraries Jan/Feb 2018

Self-Directed Learning: Cut costs with plan-ahead activities for youth and their caregivers, Abby Johnson, American Libraries, Jan/Feb 2018

Tech 2 Go by Mikael Jacobsen, Skokie (IL) Public Library, Public Libraries, May/Jun 2017

Mirrors and Windows: Diversity in Children’s Picture Books by Angela Bronson, Kent Branch Library, Toledo Lucas County (OH) Public Library, Public Libraries, Nov/Dec 2016

My apologies for the citation quality above — what is important, in my eyes, is that the links take you to the source of the information.

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Posted in Public Libraries Online, Web Resources

Podcasting

Part of my role as the WAPL-PLA Liaison is to keep up with all things PLA. My boss gets sent a print subscription to Public Libraries, which is a bi-monthly publication. I’ll admit, I rarely look at it because it’s out in our reception area and how often am I waiting out there? Like never. With this new liaison position, I am going to make a greater effort to be mindful of what is happening around me in and because of public libraries.

Laptop computer with a pair of ear buds and eye glasses

One of the first things I came across in the July/August 2017 issue of Public Libraries was an article about podcasting and how libraries across the nation are getting into this. I have heard people talk about listening to podcasts but I  have never actually tuned in. I know, I am a bit behind!!

I took the first step in learning more about podcasting by reading the article in Public Libraries and going to the DeKalb County Public Library web page on Podcasts and watching a brief video on how podcasts work and what it means to subscribe. Next, I am going to pick one of these library podcasts featured in the Public Libraries magazine and I am going to give this podcasting thing a try!

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorite library-related podcasts?