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Do you work at a small library?

There is a webinar coming up put on by WebJunction called The Power of Small: How Rural Libraries Help Their Communities Thrive. The speaker is Allie Stevens, Director and solo librarian, at Calhoun County Library & Museum in Hamtpon Arkansas. Allie is a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Register for this free webinar on April 18 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT.

Presenter: Allie Stevens

Diary of a PLA Liaison Graphic

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Diary of a PLA Liaison Graphic

I have a new graphic for the blog. I’d like to thank Jill Fuller from the Bridges Library System for creating this graphic. It will be used on the Wisconsin Library Association‘s web site to direct people to this blog, Diary of a Library Liaison.

Posted in Web Resources

Free Webinar: Photography, Storytelling, and Community Connections

  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Stylized images of pair of hands holding a still image camera

Photovoice is a type of participatory research methodology designed to empower participants through photography and the power of storytelling in small group settings. In 2013, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) partnered with a local organization to start collecting stories from refugees and political asylum seekers about their lives in Chicago. Through photovoice, the participants got connected to their new home town by taking pictures of their daily lives, and in small group settings, they got connected to CPL and to others who have also experienced forced migration. Participants gained broader connections to other Chicagoans through the resulting exhibit and its opening event. This webinar will introduce the project and its methodology, and will help attendees begin to design their own photovoice project.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand and define photovoice, a methodology used world-wide to empower and advocate for social change;
  • Increase awareness of potential partnerships with local organizations, particularly those involved in social justice work; and
  • Gain a roadmap for starting a similar project, including steps for recruiting participants, running photovoice sessions, preparing participants for the exhibit opening, and developing and marketing the exhibit.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is open to everyone interested in exploring issues around programming, outreach, and/or community partnerships. It will be particularly relevant to those with an interest in services for marginalized communities or the role of visual art and storytelling in public libraries.



THIS WEBINAR IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACE IS LIMITED. You can register for this webinar until it begins, or until space is no longer available, whichever comes first. Please do not register unless you are sincere about attending the live webinar. Space is limited, and signing up and not attending may deprive someone else of the opportunity. Thank you for your cooperation.

How to Register

REGISTER NOW! On the next screen you’ll click “Register” to continue the online registration process.


Posted in Book Recommendation, Web Resources

Book Buzz

I attended the Book Buzz program on Wednesday morning. This was being offered at the same time as some pre-conference sessions. There were quite a few people in attendance at the Book Buzz program even with the snow storm and others in pre-conference sessions.

Book Buzz: Presented by Book List highlights some of the best upcoming books for adult readers, along with great book group picks.

We got the inside scoop from these publisher representatives:

  • Jen Childs, Penguin Random House
  • Golda Rademacher, W. W. Norton & Company
  • Talia Sherer, Macmillan (booklist handout)
  • Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins (list of books she buzzed about)


  • Bearskin by James McLaughlin
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Untitled by Lou Berney (It’s so new it doesn’t have a title)
  • Left by Mary Hogan
  • Gone So Long by Andre DuBus III
  • My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley (book club pick)
  • Bring Me Back by B.A. Harris
  • Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  • Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (Jessica Sarah
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    From the Library Journal Author Party – “A Place for Us” author Fatima Farheen Mirza (second from the left)

    Parker book club pick)

  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (see picture)
  • Believe Me by JP Delaney
  • Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher

Check out blog. It sounds amazing.

First Look Book Club will send you excerpts from books which gives you just enough to know if you want to keep reading and is also great for reader’s advisory.

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Follow me!

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that I am behind when it comes to sharing via a blog or using an RSS feed to receive information from blogs. I have about five minutes of blogging experience from when my husband and I started a blog to update the world on our beautiful family. I think we posted three times.

Back to this blog, I was super excited when a co-worker mentioned signing up to receive email updates from the blog. Here I thought people had to either remember to come to the blog to check for posts or someone get an RSS feed set up. It turns out there is a teeny-tiny button in the lower right-hand corner that indicates that you can follow this blog. That’s really nice if you spot it. I decided to make it bigger by making a Follow Me! widget in the sidebar to the right. —>

Once you submit your email address to follow the blog, you will receive a confirmation email. You can select your frequency preferences at this time: immediately, once a day, etc. I’m pretty sure you can unsubscribe at any time. If you have questions, you can contact me using the contact form link above.

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wp-ios.pngOf course, there’s an app for this blogging software I am using called WordPress. This will make it super easy for me to post on the fly. If you have any questions about starting a blog, send me a note via the contact form above. So far it has been a pretty easy going experience.

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?