SpiderScribe: A Creative Take on Online Mind Mapping

Do you need a place to organize ideas or information related to a certain topic?  Want a place to collaborate on a project with a classmate or colleague?  Need to brainstorm ideas for an important meeting?  Like to arrange information visually?  Then SpiderScribe might be the tool for you. SpiderScribe is an online mind-mapping tool.  … Continued


Need a Book Recommendation? Ask One of these Sites

So I read a lot.  Like, multiple books in a weekend a lot.  And one of the problems with reading a lot is that I am constantly in need of new things to read. Like most voracious readers, I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read, browse … Continued


12 Things You Can Get at Libraries (Other Than Books)

When most people think of libraries, the first thing that comes to mind is books.  People have associated libraries with books and reading for so long that they often do not think that the library could serve any other purpose than providing people with books (and help with the occasional research question).  As technology has … Continued


Save the School Librarians

In recent years, librarians have quietly been disappearing from public schools.  While issues with teachers feature prominently in the news, we don’t often hear about what goes on in school libraries.  It may not be as well known, then, that librarian positions have been cut in schools across the country. In 2011, the Wichita school … Continued


Holiday Greetings in the Digital Age

I’m a bit of a sucker for snail mail.  Growing up, the holiday season was one of my favorite times of year. I loved opening up all the holiday cards as they arrived from friends and family around the country, and watching my mom write out cards to our relatives and acquaintances.  I couldn’t wait … Continued


5 Ways to Take Advantage of Libraries During the Holidays

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season is in full swing.  The weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays can be full of good people, good food, and goodwill.  Unfortunately, they can also be frenzied and stressful, as people rush to buy gifts, deck the halls with Pinterest-worthy decorations, and have as … Continued


5 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Library

Like Mia Breitkopf, I also had the opportunity to attend the 2012 NYLA Conference from November 8-10.  While there, I was able to attend a session on using social media as a reference tool, presented by several employees of the New York Public Library (NYPL).  Here are some of their tips for using social media in … Continued


5 Apps to Improve Your Library Experience

When you’re a student, you develop a great appreciation for free stuff.  Since libraries are filled with books, movies, and music that can be borrowed for free, they’re a goldmine for students and the rest of the community. But let’s face it: we live busy lives. Between work, class, studying, socializing, and other day-to-day life … Continued


The Digital Bookmobile: A New Twist on a Library Classic

Over the weekend of October 12-14, I was lucky enough to attend the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee. As I was approaching War Memorial Plaza on Saturday morning, I couldn’t help but notice this huge truck taking up almost an entire city block. A digital bookmobile? I was intrigued, so I decided to … Continued


Banned Books Week: Still Relevant After All These Years?

Between 2001 and 2005, several communities in the United States held gatherings to burn Harry Potter books. In 2010, tremendously popular teen books Twilight and The Hunger Games were both on the list of the top ten challenged books for that year. In 2011, there were 326 reported book challenges, according to the Office for … Continued