Banned Books Week – Still a Big Deal?
Advocacy & Activism / Big Picture / Education & Curriculum

Banned Books Week – Still a Big Deal?

Last week was Banned Books Week in the library world, celebrating titles such as Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. At my public library, staff posed in front of a poster with their favorite banned book, as a way to show support for … Continue reading

Conferences / Professional Life

What’s a Librarian Doing Here? Or Attending Conferences Out of Discipline.

On Hack Library School, there have been a lot of articles about conferences. These have mainly focused on the advantages of attending local library or archives conferences or the big ‘un, ALA, over the summer. My goal here isn’t to rehash what has already been written but to talk about the possibilities and the fun … Continue reading

Best Practices for Student Organizations
Distance Learning / Education & Curriculum

Best Practices for Student Organizations

Many past Hack Library School posts have highlighted the importance of getting involved in student chapters of professional organizations. And I couldn’t agree more! My time spent in my school’s chapter of the American Library Association has brought me numerous rewards: networking, event planning experience, budgeting experience, leadership, and even a chance to go to … Continue reading