How To Make Non-Boring Non-Fiction Book Displays

Non-Fiction displays are a crucial part of any public library. End of aisle displays in particular are an important way to draw library wanderers into the stacks. Non-fiction sections have some of the most attractive books in the library: cook books, craft books, travel guides, coffee table books. And some of the most important: how-to… Read More How To Make Non-Boring Non-Fiction Book Displays

Obligatory Post on Neil Gaiman and the Importance of Libraries

“In the last few years, we’ve moved from an information-scarce economy to one driven by an information glut. According to Eric Schmidt of Google, every two days now the human race creates as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation until 2003. That’s about five exobytes of data a day, for those… Read More Obligatory Post on Neil Gaiman and the Importance of Libraries

How does an MLIS transfer to the real world?

“Seriously though. How many MLIS-learned skills do you feel like you’re actually applying in your jobs?” I was recently reconnecting with a couple lovely MLIS (Master of Library and Information Sciences) grads. We were all talking about our shiny new jobs when one of them asked that question. My instinctual response was “Yes, of course I… Read More How does an MLIS transfer to the real world?

What I Loved This Month #4: Sandman, Orphan Black, New Brunswick, and July Talk

It’s been a crazy month, filled with travel, adventures, and of course new music, shows, and books. One of my favourite things about librarianship is the spirit of curiosity. All the librarians (and future librarians) I know are always on the look out for new media to consume and new adventures to experience; and we’re… Read More What I Loved This Month #4: Sandman, Orphan Black, New Brunswick, and July Talk

Information Literacy Lesson: Evaluating Fake News Headlines

As a former student of Rhetoric, and an avid satirical news writer and reader myself, I am fascinated by the information literacy issue surrounding fake news. Fake news aims to achieve three things: to entertain the reader, to provide commentary on a social or political issue, and to force readers to think critically about the… Read More Information Literacy Lesson: Evaluating Fake News Headlines

How Should Libraries Respond to “The Danger of a Single Story?”

“How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children,” says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her powerful Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story.” Adichie grew up in Nigeria, reading mainly stories about white children who ate apples and played in the snow, and believing that literature, by… Read More How Should Libraries Respond to “The Danger of a Single Story?”