Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!
I still don’t start classes for another month, so I’ve been spending a lot of time clicking links and reading anything and everything that catches my eye about libraries in between finishing up last minute paperwork, staring bright-eyed at my new day planner, and working reference desks. If you’re not already following the Hogwarts UX Librarian on Twitter, it definitely brings the laughs. Jessica Olin wrote a great post on her blog Letters to a Young Librarian about being more than your job, which I think will be important to remember especially as classes are starting up again – we are more than just students as well. I’m also obsessed with this project from EveryLibrary’s Artist-in-Residence, Steve Kemple. Every time the International Space Station passes over your library, high five a co-worker, document it, and tweet it. If you’re lucky enough to work hours when this happens you should really do it and link me so that I can live vicariously through you.
I’m in the middle of training for my new job this year, as a library supervisor for the residence hall library system on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Our supervisor training has lined up with resident assistant (RA) training so we’ve had the opportunity to get to know the RAs we’ll (hopefully) see in our libraries throughout the school year. A big theme in housing this year is social justice. My boss directed me to a racial microagression interdisciplinary research project the university conducted. The report pulls from so many survey answers and these sound bites really shed light on the ways in which small interactions can have big impacts (in negative and positive ways). I found reading this report very beneficial and will definitely frame how I go about my librarianship in the residence hall libraries this year.
Another aspect of my training has been learning some collection development policies and places to look for book reviews. I really like Foreword Reviews, and found this interview about librarian Alice Roy fascinating.