Idea Share, Libraries, Management

Libraries Who Don’t Charge Overdue Fines: A Storify Tweet Collection



CLICK HERE to read the full Storify Tweet collection.

Be inspired and make a change in your community for the good of the world. It all starts somewhere.

Idea Share, Libraries, Presentations, Travel

Thank You Texas Library Association

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I want to take a moment to thank the Texas Library Association for bringing me to their 2014 State Conference.  Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time in San Antonio (an amazing city) with some of the best librarians in the world.  We shared and learned together and it was a great week.

I also want to take a moment to point out just how amazing the Texas Library Association is to their guests.  From the moment when I agreed to present at this conference to right now as I sit waiting for my cab to the airport, the Texas Library Association has done everything to make sure that I had an enjoyable and exciting visit.  Every step of the way was paved with professionalism.  Well done, TXLA, and I hope many other conferences follow your model of excellence when planning their own.

To everyone that I met in San Antonio….it was so great to see you, catch up, and share ideas!

Idea Share, Libraries, Presentations, Teens, Travel


Poke3I need your help!  I’m giving three keynote speeches in the next few months and I want to fill my presentations with awesome images of awesome kids/tween/teen library happenings, events, maker things, day to day interactions and more.

Care to share?  I hope you will!

If you’re up for sharing, here’s what you need to do:

  • Email your images to justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com
  • Include your name/twitter username/website
  • Give me a brief description of what’s going on in the photo so I can talk about it.
  • Include “Justin! Use these images in your presentation to share the greatness of working with kids/tweens/teens!”

I’ll be speaking in North Carolina, Texas, Alberta, and Baltimore over the next few months and I want to show them that Youth Services Librarians are doing some of the best work in libraries today.

Thank you so much!

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Self pick up hold self at the Burlingame Public Library


I’m a bit tired of hearing debates as to whether or not libraries should have self pickup shelves for holds. I say yes! Go for it! Now!

I stopped by the Burlingame Public Library today an saw that they were doing this already…and what a fab system to make the items accessible AND maintain privacy!

Idea Share, Libraries, Presentations, Video Games

Video Gaming in Libraries 101: Maine Library Association

Many thanks to everyone who attended my presentation Video Gaming in Libraries 101: ONE YEAR LATER at the Maine Library Association Conference today.  You’ll find my slides above, and as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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LIBRARY IDEA SHARE: Video Game Collections

By clicking this link, you will be taken to a full list of the always growing collection of video games at the Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine.

Feel free to email me with any questions that you have about this list.

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Video Game Collection: Portland (ME) Public Library by Justin Hoenke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  Based on a work at

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LIBRARY IDEA SHARE: Teen Tales Workshop

Here’s access to the files that I have for the Teen Tales Workshop which I created with author Keri Mikulski in 2009 at the Cape May County Library.

Feel free to email me with any questions that you have about this program.

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Teen Tales Workshop by Teen Tales Workshop is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at

Here are the slides and video from our presentation at NJLA 2011