first conclusions

…to the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County (NJ) Library System.



WZBNTV. (2011, December 16). Lawrence Library turns 50 12 16 11 [Video file]. Retrieved from

Steve Thomas, via his Circulating Ideas podcast, interviewed some of Library Journal’s 2012 Movers & Shakers. If you haven’t given it a listen, give it a go! The interviews are a great way to augment the Library Journal profiles; and in my opinion, the interviews really bring each recipient’s award to life. Each interview has it’s own special feel, especially as each librarian discusses his/her respective project(s), experience, and initiative. Their ambition and creativity are contagious. The interviews are broken into two parts:

Part 1 –>

  • Renee Grassi, Youth Services Librarian, Deerfield (IL) Public Library
  • Jennifer LaGarde, Teacher-Librarian, Myrtle Grove Middle School, NC
  • Stephen X. Flynn, Emerging Technologies Librarian, College of Wooster Libraries, OH
  • Jordana Vincent, Collection Development Librarian, Douglas County (CO) Libraries
  • Leah White, Reader Services Librarian, Northbrook (IL) Public Library

Part 2 (just released today) –>

  • Sam Chada, Emerging Technology Librarian, Sandusky Library, OH
  • Brett Bonfield, Director, Collingswood (NJ) Public Library
  • Michelle Chronister, Program Analyst, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, DC
  • Joshua Finnell, Humanities Librarian, Denison University, OH; Visiting Lecturer, School and Media Library Certification Program, McNeese State University, LA
  • Kristin Fontichiaro,Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The folks at the Lawrence (KS) Public Library are marketing themselves in some amazingly fun, informative ways. Recently posted on the library’s Facebook Page is this tongue-in-cheek promo about covering books, which made me laugh out loud.  More importantly, it drew me into their library, its offerings, and its services.

Their Facebook Page is interactive and engaging. Patrons are posting questions and comments to the Page, and the Library continually adds questions to its Page to hear what their patrons/community have to say. Lawrence Public Library, you are doing it right!

Copyright, especially in regards to fair use, has been plaguing my brain as of late, especially as we (librarians, students, Joe Schmoe on the Street, etc.) try to wrap our heads around it. This video is appropriate for my recent thoughts. And I thank Colin Grey for such a great historical overview of the copyright monster.



Grey, C. (2011, August 23). Copyright: Forever less one day [Video file]. Retrieved from

Green Earth Book AwardRecently announced were the 2012 Green Earth Book Awards!  The Newton Marasco Foundation and Salisbury University in Maryland created the Green Earth Book Award to honor books that “inspire a child to grow a deeper appreciation, respect and responsibility for his or her natural environment.” The Green Earth Book Award is awarded in five categories, and this year’s winners are as follows (no title was selected for the Young Adult Fiction category):

Picture Book: Arthur Turns Green, written and illustrated by Marc Brown

Children’s Fiction: Wild Wings, written by Gill Lewis and illustrated by Yuta Onoda

Young Adult Non-Fiction: Gaia Warriors written by Nicola Davies with an Afterword by James Lovelock

Children’s Non-Fiction: The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families, written by Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth and illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Arthur Turns Green         Wild Wings Gaia Warriors The Mangrove Tree

Honor Books:

  • 101 Ways to Save the Planet, written by Deborah Underwood
  • Extraordinary Endangered Animals, written by Sandrine Silhol and Gaëlle Guérive and illustrated by Marie Doucedame
  • Global Warming: A Personal Guide to Causes and Solutions, written by Sneed B. Collard III
  • Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy, and Throw Out in Your Lifetime, written by Ellen Kirk
  • Luz Sees The Light, written and illustrated by Claudia Davila
  • Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest, written by Caitlyn Vernon
  • Riparia’s River, written by Michael J. Caduto and illustrated by Olga Pastuchiv

An excellent selection of books to share with our younger generation — helping to ensure an appreciation for the Earth for many years to come…..

AdLib LogoOur dear Rachel was battling a stomach bug this month, but Jason and I had the great pleasure to chat with Meredith Farkas, head of instruction at Portland State University in Oregon, for Episode 35 of the Adventures in Library Instruction podcast.  Our discussion revolved around Meredith’s recent column, “The Guide on the Side“, in American Libraries. We chatted about the evolution of interactive learning objects, as well as the development and placement of online learning objects to achieve learning outcomes and to maximize usage.

Give it a listen, and check out the show notes!!!

Join us for future episodes! If you’re interested, please post a comment on the Adventures in Library Instruction blog or email us! We’d love to have you be a part of our Skype discussion or participate in a one-on-one interview. OR you can record your own a segment of something fabulous you’re doing with library instruction techniques, technology, or methods!

Call for Proposals: Book chapters on scholarly communication and information literacy

Title: Extend and Unify: Outreach and Education for Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Programs

Book editors: Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University and Merinda Kaye Hensley, Instructional Services Librarian/Coordinator, Scholarly Commons at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Estimated publication date: ALA 2013 Midwinter Conference

Publisher: Association of College and Research Libraries. This book will be published in print, available for purchase in various e-book formats, and available as a free downloadable book. Editors of the forthcoming ACRL publications book, Extend and Unify: Outreach and Education for Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Programs, seek proposals for chapters from skilled librarians or others involved in education around scholarly communication issues who have researched strategies and/or implemented programs on the intersections between scholarly communication (SC) issues and information literacy (IL). This book aims to create a roadmap for librarians to integrate scholarly communication and information  literacy programs through instruction, outreach and other educative opportunities. Written for practicing librarians who wish to build a toolkit for integrating scholarly communication issues into information literacy and vice versa, this book will provide essays, case studies, best practices, lesson plans and outlines, and other material for building collaboration and promoting discussion on scholarly communication issues in libraries and in the academy.

Potential topics include:

  • teaching strategies for addressing scholarly communication issues by population – undergraduates, graduate students, staff, administration, faculty as well as by academic discipline
  • examples of instruction and outreach through embedded librarianship and reference work
  • case studies detailing SC/IL program alignment, collaboration, partnerships between SC and IL librarians, student publishing, campus or discipline-specific research conferences
  • classroom-based, curricular integration for undergrads or graduate students which could include IL session outlines, lesson plans, outreach examples
  • essays focusing on educating students, faculty and/or staff, possibly by discipline, on specific issues e.g., author rights, copyright/Creative Commons, OA/public access or specific types of scholarly or creative work, e.g., data, images, performances, music, multimedia, etc.
  • addressing perspectives of faculty, staff, administration including buy-in, engagement, conversational openings, and educational programs
  • assessment of SC/IL programming and outreach efforts

Please note: We are looking for diverse perspectives on these issues across types of higher education institutions including community colleges, liberal arts colleges/universities, ARL institutions, etc.

Target audience: The target audience for this publication is both librarians who are responsible for instruction, information literacy, and/or scholarly communication; liaison librarians and/or bibliographers who are responsible for outreach and education of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in any discipline, and program coordinators for both SC and IL.

Submission procedure and timeline: Authors are invited to submit proposal by March 2, 2012. Proposals should include author name(s), institutional affiliation, proposed chapter title, 2-page summary of proposed chapter and a current CV. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by April 2, 2012. Full chapters (4,000+ words) are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a blind review basis. Chapters should be unique to this publication – no previously published or simultaneously submitted material should be included. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

All inquiries and proposals should be emailed by March 2, 2012 to


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