Monthly Archives: June 2013


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Make sure you check out Library’s 3-D printer spits out all kinds of fun and learning over at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  I’ve been talking with Saxonburg Area Library Director Erin Wincek about 3D printing over the past few months and I am in love with the things she’s doing […]

Heard Off the Street: Library’s 3-D printer spits out all ...


Everyone – just got clarification: Vote for Cassidy’s super cool video about the Little Free Library at Spider Lake by liking or pinning it on this page: http://pinterest.com/ltlfreelibrary/film-festival/ Please forgive the shameless plug but I am knocked out by Cassidy’s work on this video! He taught himself iMovie and engaged […]

Little Free Library Contest – Please Consider Voting






The Smile Politely blog has posted Freedom of Information Act documents related to the Urbana free Library weeding kerfuffle. http://www.smilepolitely.com/splog/foia_documents_from_ufl_staff/ A snippet: “She also reminded me that our mission was no longer lifelong learning.”  I am having trouble processing such a statement.  What will happen next? Also, see: http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/voices_from_urbana_city_council/  

#bookgate FOIA Documents: The Mission of Libraries?


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  Note: This post has been updated with Carol’s updated percentages!     Please follow LIS professor Carol Tilley for more on what’s been weeded at The Urbana Free Library! https://twitter.com/CarolGSLIS Follow #bookgate too! Barbara Fister writes about the kerfuffle at Insider Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com//blogs/library-babel-fish/throwing-books-each-other

Because those ideas are out of date? #bookgate



This blows my mind! http://www.smilepolitely.com/culture/do_you_ever_read_any_of_the_books_you_weed/ Both UFL staff and the public (who were alarmed at the rapidly emptying shelves) spoke out, but the weeding continued until a library board meeting (and Mayor Laurel Prussing) was called. JP Goguen, a university library employee, was at the meeting, recorded it, and sent […]

Weeding Kerfuffle at Urbana Free Library


Yesterday I was reading Breaking Up With Libraries by Nina McHale. I had a few thoughts. First and foremost, I was bummed that our profession was losing such an amazing and talented person. Nina has done amazing work for libraries and she will be sorely missed in this field. Secondly, […]

Hire awesome people, make rad stuff (by TTW Contributor Justin ...



Johnson County Library contracted the services of Mindmixer for their strategic plan in March of 2013 and by April 9, 2013; the www.jocolibraryconversation.com site was live and active with input from members of the community.  The goal was to expand the number of Johnson County citizens the library would be […]

Johnson County PL MindMixer: Engaging the Community for our Strategic ...


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 Instead of siphoning teens off into different rooms (and locking away noisy activities), the space is airy and completely open. The openness means, among other things, that it only takes one or two librarians to monitor the entire space. Rice says his team renovated the floor on the cheap, using […]

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter (by TTW Contributor ...