Monthly Archives: December 2009

15 posts

TTW Mailbox: New Site for American Libraries

Hello, Michael— American Libraries is rolling out a newly redesigned website, tentatively scheduled to appear January 4. The site, which is live now but still carrying the “beta” label, is at We encourage you to take a look and update your bookmarks and any links to us in your blogs and websites. The AL Online RSS feed will relocate to Making the switch to a new domain could be tricky—we could risk losing readers who are used to our old domain (of course, redirects will be in place, but it’s still going to be a bit confusing), so we wanted […]

Young Librarians Book Club

From Carrie Straka is a 32 year old Adult Services Librarian at Vernon Area Public Library District in Lincolnshire, IL. She can be found on Twitter, or you can read her blog at I’ve been searching for a book club for a long time. Since I haven’t been able to find one,I decided to establish a new book club for young librarians. The club will give young librarians a chance to connect and gain experience with book clubs. Here are my goals for the Young Librarians Book Club: Rotating Leadership: Different discussion leaders at each meeting will give everyone […]

An Unformed Thought

A few weeks ago the director of my library asked me to design and produce a website for a small community group, the  North Shore Business Development Foundation (NSBDF).  I was happy to be given the opportunity (I start getting the shakes if I don’t get to design a website ever-so-ofter). I had about a week to look over their logo, handouts, mission and vision statements, previous event flyers, etc. and around 7 more days to actually build the website. Time was short because of an upcoming program which the group wanted to use to make attendees aware of the […]

See you at Oak Park Public Library Staff Day!

I have one more local speaking engagement before Holiday Break – and it’s going to be fun! Next Friday, I’ll be joining my Dominican colleagues Dr. Karen Brown and Dr. Kate Marek for a staff institute with the staff of the Oak Park Public Library. We’ve designed an interactive 4+ hour workshop around transforming library service, emerging trends and dealing with change/transition. I am especially excited to see my colleagues present their “Drop Your Tools” material. If you’re an OPPL staff member and you read TTW, please say HI. And a shout out to the good folks at OPPL for […]