Online databases are an important part of libraries, but a lot of patrons don't know what they are or that they're even there. Databases have been intimidating in the past, with scholarly-looking homepages and complicated search engines. Now, many of these databases are becoming more user-friendly. Unfortunately, that doesn't help if users aren't getting to … Continue reading QR Codes for Online Databases
When I found out that my husband had gotten into law school in Minneapolis, I started doing research on the libraries in the Twin Cities. I found a picture of the central library in downtown Minneapolis. I had never seen a library like it in person and I was so excited that not only was … Continue reading Minneapolis Central Library
The Handmaid's Tale audiobook by Margaret Atwood is narrated by Claire Danes. I requested it after noticing that a patron at my library had requested it. Claire Danes is a wonderful narrator and the book is beautifully written. The Woman in the Window audiobook by A.J. Finn is narrated by Ann Marie Lee. The narration is … Continue reading What I Checked Out in July
After reading your article that was published on the Forbes website yesterday about why Amazon should replace public libraries, I have a recommendation for you. Visit your public library. If you did, you would see how much we still offer. While you're there, start a conversation with the circulation staff. Take into account though that … Continue reading Dear Panos Mourdoukoutas
A few weeks ago, I ran a Virtual Reality program at a community center near my library. It was a really great experience and I loved being able to introduce VR to a new audience. I used Oculus Rift on an Alienware laptop. While the program ran smoothly, I ran into a personal issue. This … Continue reading Makeup for VR
I was first introduced to hotspots in 2015 when I was working in a small rural library outside of Las Vegas, NV. The library district was working on renovating all eleven of the rural branches. Before we could renovate, the director that oversaw the rural libraries had everyone go through every crevice and throw out … Continue reading Wi-Fi Hotspots
A few months ago, my branch manager approached me about building a kit that would be shared among the libraries in Washington County, Minnesota. She introduced me to these little robots called Bee-Bots. These tiny adorable machines are designed to teach computer programming to young children. It immediately reminded me of a tabletop game called Robo … Continue reading Bee-Bots
Our social media specialist is running a campaign on the library's various social media pages, introducing patrons to library employees. This was shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.