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.

Posted in Public Libraries Online, Web Resources


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?