The intent for this blog is for professionals in the library field to share information through electronic networking to make library users' experiences more positive.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Switching library types...

If you  believe  you can transition  right in to a different  library type, good luck with that!  I knew I would have a learning  curve. Things have gone well,  however,  I still have a  few things to  master. I was an academic  librarian  for eight years, had a two month break and began employment  in a public  library  district.  The staff is awesome and is evolving. I have been  here for seven  months  already  and look forward to  staying  a very long time!  Stay tuned for a new post in the very near future!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Checking back in...

Well, it has indeed been a long time since my last post. Where have I been? Lost...lost in everyday successes and challenges. I am so thankful for the visits this blog has received during my absence. I have attempted to post during the silent gap, yet found nothing worthwhile or profound to share. I'm certain in the very near future, that will change. Why? Blogs are sought out, in addition to the other popular social media. Those blogs worthy of reading or visiting, that is. I will not waste your time!

Sharon A. Sample

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Do you feel lost?

If you feel lost and overwhelmed with the amount of information and/or flood of technologies? Go to your closest library and ask for a library staff member who can help you!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Academic librarians as teachers

I often read posts on list serves pertaining to teaching and nontenured librarians' common status as nonteaching faculty. However, we need to keep in mind that regardless of the current status we may be in, we ARE teachers. Whether we instruct information seekers one at a time or in a classroom setting, one-shot session or semester-long course, we ARE teaching. We need to make sure that we are reaching as many as possible and that we are "user friendly."

More than than ever before, librarians are vital. Not everyone lives in or close to a metropolitan area. Therefore, not everyone has exposure to school libraries, school media specialists and/or trained library staff. What happens when these students go to college? There is a growing pool of current research to support the book, How libraries and librarians help: A guide to identifying user-centered outcomes by Joan C. Durrance, http://tinyurl.com/28n6hrh .

We need to step up and prove our existence is a necessity rather than sit back and wait for someone else to do it for us or worse, wait until a Fahrenheit 451 scenario comes to fruition. Come on, let's conduct more observations and publish results to move forward.


Thursday, December 03, 2009

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Friday, July 17, 2009

ALA-Chicago 2009

While many attendees are recuperating from the exhaustive American Library Association's annual conference, which ended a few days ago, the rest of us returned to work.

I will share some of the highlights from my experience for those interested. I invite you to share yours, too.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Facebook: A value-added facet to library experiences

Social networking has been around for a few years, now. Please put the stigma aside and at least research it, or try it before you make your final decision to skip this technology trend. Like it or not, social networking is much more than a fad. MySpace broke the ground for innovative platforms to follow and learn from mistakes and litigation. While Facebook is certainly not the end all, it is my belief, as well as others that there will be similar software to take over when Facebook has reached its exhaustion.

Why is Facebook so appealing? Facebook allows the profile creator to limit the amount of personal information viewers can obtain, and once another person is confirmed as a "friend," the creator can still maintain certain limits through his or her respective settings feature. This ensures a much higher level of security to avoid "spamming" and perhaps even pranks from a naive friend trying to post an unbecoming photograph or video on the creator's page.

As an academic librarian, I see this platform useful to perform outreach to those Internet users beyond email. This is a more personal way to communicate electronically than email and not as intimidating as face-to-face reference interviews for our Net Gen.

There are several of us active librarians moderating our accounts and we have created pages for our libraries, with administrative permission. We have seen success in reaching patrons in regard to library hours, materials, and exhibits as well as promoting other campus events. All of this possible while breaking the ice to gain the confidence of our fluid community members.

Rather than rejecting something new, view it as an opportunity or a vehicle to take advantage of "teachable moments".