October 8th, 2013 Brian Herzog
There's a new Tumblr in town - Librarian Shaming. If you're a librarian and would like to confess your inappropriate library behavior, this is the place to come clean:
This Tumblr idea started with librarians at the Parker Memorial Library in Dracut, MA, a couple towns over from Chelmsford. Their director sent out a general email announcing it last week, and I intended to talk about it this week, but in putting it off, I got scooped by LISNews, the New Yorker blog and the UK's Daily Mail, not to mention lots of other blogs and tweets out there.
It's fun to read through, and certainly I'm sure everyone who works in a library has something they can contribute. Luckily, Librarian Shaming has a handy submission form!
I like this as much as I liked @YourALAsecrets - which is to say, a lot.
August 8th, 2013 Brian Herzog
I saw this photo and immediately though, "hey, that's what it's like to be a male librarian":
Of course it's not entirely true - I always see other guys at library conferences and things (especially tech-oriented library conferences). And I know I enjoy my job as much as any princess with a balloon. But it is not at all uncommon for me to go to meetings with reference librarians in the region and be the only guy in the room.
In fact, I thought that would be a good title for my memoirs: The Only Guy in the Room.
For a bit more on librarian gender stereotypes, check out Mr. Library Dude's post on Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians. The whole thing is funny, but the male fashion choices minifig especially made me laugh. However, I'm still unrepresented there: I don't drink coffee.
June 5th, 2012 Brian Herzog
Today is the last day to nominate your favorite library blog for an award! Read all about this year's contest in Salem's Library Blog Center or simply make a nomination by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use Salem's Library Blog Directory to search for or browse library blogs by focus, type, or audience.
2012 nominees will be announced on Friday, June 8th. Also be sure to check out last year's winners (full disclosure, I won in the public library category).
February 22nd, 2012 Brian Herzog
A coworker sent this to me - I've been enjoying these on failblog, but I hadn't seen this one yet:
Here are a few others:
More about these at KnowYourMeme.com. Thanks Sharon.
January 10th, 2012 Brian Herzog
The beginning of the year is apparently my favorite time for good causes - although this is one I've mentioned before.
Last year, Unshelved Answers, a Q&A site for librarians, went offline. A replacement was proposed on Stack Exchange, but to move forward it needs 894 people to support the idea.
I used Unshelved Answers a lot, to both ask questions and share knowledge (sometimes that I had to find out the hard way). If you're interested in a professional open forum (essentially, a reference desk for librarians) to communicate with each other and share tips and tricks and best practices, take a look at the proposal and consider clicking the Commit! button. Thanks.
July 2nd, 2011 Brian Herzog
Instead of a reference question I've answered this week, I wanted to bring attention to a resource for librarians to ask questions.
In April, the very useful Unshelved Answers went off-line - it was a forum that let librarians ask professional questions of other librarians. I used it frequently, both asking and answering, and was sad when this resource went away.
But recent tweets from @codinghorror and @jessamyn reminded me of an effort to start up a replacement Libraries forum - I say "effort," because it'll take your help to make it happen.
The new home will be at stackexchange.com, which requires a critical mass of people to "commit" to a new forum before it is activated. As I write this, we've got 316 of the 894 needed committers, so we still need more librarians to get involved. But don't let the word "commit" scare you - you're not dedicating your life to anything, just showing that you support the idea of the forum and will use it (at your own level of involvement).
The idea behind this Libraries forum, and Unshelved Answers before it, is to create a "reference desk for librarians" - but the official proposal description reads:
Proposed Q&A site for librarians and library professionals where they can share their expertise about libraries and everything in them.
In other words, this will be a place where we can ask questions about working in a library, seek help on reference questions, find out how other libraries are handling a particular issue, and, yes, whether or not we need more signs in the library (no).
And who better to ask than other librarians?
So please, take a minute, visit the new Librarians forum proposal page and click the green Commit! button - together we can make this happen, and together we can help each other make libraries better. Thanks.