Benson Memorial Library, Libraries, Library Director, Management, Tales From The Library Trenches

Tales From The Library Trenches

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I’m really happy to be writing a four part series for Information Today titled Tales From The Library Trenches. Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing stories and ideas about movin’ on up in the library world and becoming a director. I also got a chance to talk to some great folks along the way (Laura Koenig, Kenley Neufeld, and Jack Martin to name a few) and hear their amazing stories as well. I hope y’all get to check it out and enjoy it.

If you haven’t already, you should head over to InfoToday.com and take a look at some of the great stuff they’re sharing.

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to their most awesome and excellent newspaper Information Today right here. They make a nice newspaper about important stuff and I enjoy reading it. In fact, I took the picture above while I sat in my hammock on a nice spring day reading the latest issue.

Enjoy!

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Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga, TN, Great People, Libraries

GREAT PEOPLE: Lee Hope

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I wanted to take a moment to talk about Lee Hope, the Children’s Services Coordinator at the Chattanooga Public Library.  Since I arrived in April 2013, I’ve got a chance to work very closely with Lee on a number of projects involving kids, tweens, and teens in Chattanooga….and it has been an awesome experience, one that deserves sharing.

Lee worked her way up in the Chattanooga Public Library, starting as a shelver, becoming a kid’s librarian, and now as the Youth Services Coordinator.  She’s been with the library for over twenty years and has done great things for her community.  It’s been super awesome to work with her. She’s been a great manager and mentor, being there when I needed guidance but also listening to my ideas and letting me implement them.  There’s a great balance between the two of us and how we work.  We trust each other, we listen to each others ideas, and we question each other.

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We call each other Goose and Maverick, a nod to the film Top Gun.  In our eyes, we’ve gotta have that balance.  Sure, (SPOILER ALERT) Goose dies in Top Gun, but that’s not the point.  The point is that Goose and Maverick work together.  They trust each other. Plus, it’s just really fun to be constantly making Top Gun references through the work day.

Lee’s mentorship means a lot to me. She helps me see the whole picture and has taught me how to collect my thoughts, create a plan, and put that plan into action. That’s huge. Her teachings have really helped me grow.

Now that I’m Coordinator of Teen Services for the Chattanooga Public Library, I get to work even closer with Lee. We’ve got one big project that’s almost ready to share. I can’t wait to put it out there in the world.

Thank you Lee for everything!

Libraries, MAKE!, Presentations

School Library Journal Think Tank: Makerspaces and Makerculture

I’m leading a group chat about Makerspaces and Makerculture for the School Library Journal Think Tank that is happening today in Nashville, TN. I’ve collected all of the notes from our discussion and I’m sharing them here.  Thanks to the great participation from everyone involved!

I’ve embedded the Google Doc below, but if you can’t access this you can click here to read it

Chattanooga Public Library, Libraries, Technology, Teens

The 2nd Floor Commercial

There are so many awesome people who visit The 2nd Floor.  One of those awesome people that I’ve been lucky to meet during my time here in Chattanooga is the awesome Zachary Cross.

I asked him if he’d be interested in making a commercial for The 2nd Floor after I saw some of the awesome work he whipped up at one of our MAKEANOOGA TEENS events back in late 2013.

Check out more of Zachary’s video work here

Thanks for the awesome commercial Zachary!

Chattanooga Public Library, DEV DEV: Summer of Code 2013, Libraries

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I’m so happy to share this video with you. It was produced by Colt Helton during our DEV DEV Demo Day which occurred on The 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library on Friday August 2, 2013.

I’ve said a lot about DEV DEV over the past month but I’m gonna say it again: it was an amazing experience not only for the teens, our partners, and the library but for the community.  Many thanks from the bottom of my heart go out to every single person involved in this program. This program was the single greatest experience of my library career.

DEV DEV: Summer of Code 2013, Libraries

DEV DEV THE MOVIE

In July 2013,  fifty teens gathered on the 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Downtown Library to learn all about HTML, CSS, Python, and robotics.  This is their story. 

For more information, please visit DEV DEV: <summer of code/>

Libraries, Presentations, Technology, Video Games

Bibliothekartag in Hamburg, Germany: May 20-25 2012

I’m very happy to announce that I have been invited to speak at the Bibliothekartag Library Conference in Hamburg, Germany later this month.

I’m excited because the  Bibliothekartag is the biggest library-conference in Germany andEurope.  Every year more than 4000 librarians from Germany, Austria and Switzerland join together to talk about the future of libraries.  I can’t wait to meet some new folks and talk about libraries.

You can find more information about the conference here: http://www.bibliothekartag2012.de/

I will be in Hamburg from May 21th to the 25th to attend and present at the conference.  During my time there, I will be presenting on the following topics:

  •  Help unveil the German/American Gaming Library/Museum/Archive League, which was developed in collaboration with Eli Neiburger and Christoph Deeg.
  • Present on the topic of gaming in libraries and share my experiences with implementing video game programs and collections with German librarians.
  • Participate in a workshop for librarians on how we can possibly  change the management structure of libraries in the future (for more information, please see these two posts: http://goo.gl/DI0cc and http://goo.gl/Cxpqv)
  • And finally, of course, enjoying some video games with librarians from Europe!

Thank you very much to my trip sponsors and Christoph Deeg of the Zukunftswerkstatt Gaming Roadshow