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Congratulations to Madame Storyteller

Congratulations to Marge Loch-Wouters, Resident Madame Storyteller, on being named the Wisconsin Library Association DEMCO Librarian of the Year. I’m incredibly proud to get to work with you and learn from you. I have, of course, since warned her that perhaps if the entire rest of the staff waltzes out the door to lunch together, […]

How to Win Friends and Make Sure Everyone Knows You at Work

At three jobs I’ve made a small but substantial investment in chocolate and hard candy.  At the financial firm it was in a small jar on top of my desk, most recently here it’s in a desk drawer–as small children are likely to walk in and I’d rather they not help themselves. Everyone who works […]

Wee Reads: Week One

One of the things I’ve had parents ask for was something for children who are emerging readers. As I see it, it is not enough to hit the pre-literacy, we really need library programs and services to capture those kids who are just tackling reading on their own. English isn’t an easy language to learn […]

There’s Got to Be More to Youth Services….

Madame Storyteller and I were recently in a discussion about continuing education, particularly as it related to youth services. This was part of a larger discussion with coworkers and someone from our system about what is needed and can be provided in terms of local continuing ed. It allowed/caused me to raise a point that […]

Mixed Management…

Jenica has a very thoughtful post about management, and the general attitude of library professionals towards management and managers. The attitude is skepticism, fear, mistrust, anger, and general frustration and she makes some excellent points about the comments that have been made to her since taking on a directorship for one of the SUNY schools. […]