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Things have been very busy here in Fort Worth and I haven’t updated since I started. Thought I’d start with a recent article that was published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Enjoy! E-readers, millennials haven’t spelled doom for libraries, new Fort Worth director says
The library is the ultimate civic commons; a place where all are welcomed to gather. That said, if you spend long enough working in a public library, you are bound to hear complaints about the homeless. These are not new. Communities have been complaining about homeless in the library as long as there have beenContinue reading “Who should be in the library?”
I believe in the power of reading to transform a life. This transformation can come from many different types of books and sometimes from books that many people might consider trash or unworthy of being read. There is a long history in public libraries of librarians trying to keep commonplace fiction off the shelves soContinue reading “Give ’em What They Want!”
While our real estate agent tries to sell our house, Ry and I are spending the weekend with the dogs in Berkeley Springs, WV. I visited the state-run spa this morning for a hot springs soak and massage. I love the idea of a service like this being run by a government entity. Afterwards, IContinue reading “Berkeley Springs, West Virginia”
I’m thrilled to announce that I have accepted the position of Library Director at the Fort Worth Public Library in Texas. I wasn’t looking to leave D.C. but I was enchanted by the people of Fort Worth and the opportunities for growth and change at the library system. My last day at DC Public LibraryContinue reading “New adventure”
One extremely important thing I’ve learned since starting to teach Public Libraries at Catholic University is that there is nothing new in public libraries. Everything we do now, every controversy, every success, and every scandal has happened before sometime in this nation’s history. And while the internet is new, fear of change is not. InContinue reading “Value and Worth”
Last week, I was fortunate to speak to educational publishers and wholesalers at the Educational Book and Media Association conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was on a panel with Kent Oliver, Director of the Nashville Public Library, Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian of Delaware and the panel was moderated by Rebecca Miller, Editorial DirectorContinue reading “Educational Book and Media Association Conference”