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Moving from Guardian to Guide

A recent Tweet from a librarian acquaintance came off sounding and feeling surprisingly old fashioned as it passed along my screen. Her 140-character message in effect asserted that "all librarians want to get folks into the library." Well, no, not so much. Times and technology have changed.

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Finding Truthiness in Numbers

Stephen Colbert's pointed neologism comes to mind as the US Census Bureau enlists increasingly sophisticated data sorts to give us a deeper view of numbers collected during the last decennial census. Not that the Bureau is asserting opinion as fact, but the fact is, statistics, by nature, can provide insight only on matters we think to ask of them.

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Stressed workplace? Take a walk!

The benefits of regular exercise as a stress reducing or coping activity have been documented in a wide variety of forums from medical journals, to popular self help magazines, and human resources texts.  Walking--one of the simplest, least equipment heavy exercise options--has been touted as having benefits as such exercise, as well as offering potential for socializing while undertaking, seeing the sights in many and varied environments in which it can be undertaken, and requiring little or no post-exercise cleanup.

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Three-Month Makeover: Rehab of a University Library

I’ve worked in a host of library buildings that (oh, let’s be polite) need not just redesign, but some clear thinking around what works for users, staff, and collections in spaces where these three come together. And I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in the planning and project development required in rehabilitating some spaces as well as moving some libraries into newly refurbished quarters (both made-over and newly purpose built).

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Let the Timid Play!

Infopeople’s Technology Petting Zoo addresses curiosity that can be expressed in groups who are given the opportunity to play with new means of working and communicating. It’s a kind of planned play date for staff as well as for the interested community in the contracting library’s location. Play dates are a great way to regulate information flow. Sometimes, however, it’s the spontaneous play moment that can reach the individual.

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Ages and Stages of Readers' Advisory

Infopeople regularly offers courses in developing and conducting readers' advisory services targeting adults. Each time this online course is announced there are questions from potential registrants about whether the course is suitable for those performing advisory work with children and/or teens.

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