We’re Conferencing!

You might not even notice, but a few of the staff from the library will be away this week at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference 2013! (Don’t worry, the library will be running as usual. Our staff is THAT good!)

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While we’re there, we’ll be posting (hopefully) on Facebook, so please go to the Carleton Place Public Library Facebook page in order to see some of the fun.

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Toronto will be bustling with librarians (it’s a sight to see, believe me!), all of us going to workshops, making new connections and gathering exciting ideas to bring back to our own libraries.  I can’t wait to see what we might discover this year.  And please, if everyone would take a moment to place an order with Mother Nature to ensure there won’t be a blizzard this year, it would be greatly appreciated!

See you next week!

Love a librarian today!

We’re lucky to live in a small town where the library is valued. Not only does our municipal government support us, but we feel like they understand what a public library means to a community. The city of Toronto is not so lucky, however, as Mayor Rob Ford continues to explore other options, shall we say. Ford wants to take the library and privatize it, supposedly to offer better programs, more options to library users and lower costs overall. But as with all things that sound too goo to be true, this probably is.

According to a recent plea to the public, Toronto Public Library librarians are seriously thinking about striking.  No, they don’t want more money, more hours or more services, exactly. They only want to keep their library from becoming privately funded. According to their stand, the US company that is taking the forefront in the bid to go private has already wreaked havoc on libraries in the US. In the end, there are big promises but fewer services,  restricted book purchases and higher costs overall.  Not what anyone wants.

So what are the librarians in Toronto doing about it?  They’ve started a petition to “LOVE A LIBRARIAN” , to show your support for public libraries (specifically Toronto Public Library in this case, but it applies overall, I believe). You can certainly fill it in online and add your two cents. We may not be fighting for our own library at the moment, but libraries in general need support and if all it takes is a quick form, I say do it. You’ll sleep better tonight knowing you did something.

Super Conference 2012!

Shirley and Janet are on their way to Toronto today to take part in the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2012!! 

It’ll be close to four days of workshops, speakers, browsing at the Expo, special events and probably lots of fun in between.  It’s a wonderful place for librarians from all over Ontario to gather, compare and learn about other libraries, find out what’s new in software and library programs and even make some new friends.  You can’t imagine what thousands of librarians in one place looks like until you attend one of these conferences. (And let me say, it’s far from a sea of buns, glasses and quiet corners!!  Picture wacky outfits, lots of crazy antics and much, much more.  These librarians know how to let loose!)

This year, there are some wonderful speakers and I know each presentation will be well attended. There’s the ultimate librarian’s heroine herself, Nancy Pearl,

….a presentation by George Strombolopolous (we went to a taping of his show last year and he was fabulous!)…..

…..and even a presentation by Neil Pasricha, the author of The Book of Awesome…which is, of course, awesome!

I don’t know which workshops Janet and Shirley will be attending, but I know they’ll come away with lots of fresh and exciting information to help make your library experience even better in the future. Stop by the Super Conference 2012 website to learn more about this event.  They’ll even have some live updates so those of us at home can see all the excitement. Have fun, ladies!

A librarian birthday party?

One of the sweeter things about my job is getting to work with children. As a children’s librarian, I run storytime twice a week during the fall and spring and each year, there are new little kids who attend.  They are always delightful, and you just never know what they are picking up. Often, moms will tell me that they’ve come across their little one reading to stuffed animals at home, just the way I do at storytime.  Or kids will tell me that they want to be a librarian just like me, which is awfully nice. So, the idea of a library themed birthday party might be something some of these moms might consider.

I came across this wonderful idea on the on-hand + modern blog, where one such mom did just that! She planned the party for 8 – 10 year olds and made cute little bags with glasses printed on them and even had the girls dress up with “librarian accessories” and took their photos.  You can see more of the pictures here.  They made bookmarks using the photos, played games like balancing books on their heads while they walked a distance, and the kids went home with booklights and the cool bags they’d made themselves.

So, how about a librarian birthday party for your next special day?

Published in: on July 26, 2011 at 9:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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CNN says it all about Librarians!

In a recent fun article on CNN, librarians were given the okay! We know what we can do, but often people think we’re volunteers or that our systems and ideas are old-fashioned or downright antiquated. Exactly the opposite!  Librarians are tech savvy, we’re knowledgeable about the world we live in and yes, we’re absolutely fun people on top of it!

At our own small library, we have five very different people who work behind the desk, each with their own skill set and attitude. Janet will always remember your name, your children’s names and even the name of your pet (she’s got an incredible memory for books, too!). Shirley is Queen of Genealogy and really knows her historical information (ask her about Ireland!). Judi is the expert on all things mystery related and will talk with you about baseball or hockey any day (just don’t knock her favourite team!). Sheila is the really sweet one, the one with the smile for everyone ( and she has an unbelievable knowledge of children’s books!). I’m the one that most often people come to for a computer problem (I’ll try to help, if I can), just don’t ask me about anything sports related or you might get a blank stare!

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There are fascinating facts in the CNN article, including librarian heroes, librarians in the movies and even librarians who are famous. Of course, this article is based on American info, but the ideas still relate to Canadian libraries and librarians. So the next time you come to the library, keep in mind that we’re here to help….and we love what we do, so don’t be afraid to ask us a few questions!

Published in: on April 29, 2011 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Library Myths

There are many myths about librarians that we hear over and over.  I came across another site recently from a library that took a poll on the top 5 myths of the profession, and I have to say that we’ve heard them all here, also.  Here are the top 5:

#5.  Librarians have no stress.

Of course, we all know that in any job, stress can play a factor.  I can’t think of one job in the universe that is without stress.  Even though the library environment is peaceful and quiet (for the most part), we can come across stressful factors just as in any other job. (No need to elaborate.)

#4.  They pay you to read all day.

I wish that were the case, but ask any librarian and they’d probably tell you that they wish they had time to read.  We come across so many great books each day and wish there were enough hours in the day to read everything.  As far as I know, the only job where you’d be paid to read all day might be a publisher or literary agent, and most likely they’d say it wasn’t reading for pleasure.

#3.  Librarians are little old ladies with their hair pulled back and reading glasses.

I bet you’d have a hard time finding anyone like that in any library these days.  At our library, I’d like to think we are all quite fashionable in our own way and even if some of us wear glasses, they are not horn-rimmed or black.  Just saying.

#2.  Librarians have read every book in the library.

Although we see almost all of the books that come into the library (it depends on who catalogs the books), we couldn’t possibly read everything.  So when you come to the desk with an obscure book about the cheeses of the world, we may not be able to rhapsodize about each chapter, but we might be able to tell you we enjoyed looking at it.

And the #1 library myth?  Librarians know the answer to everything.

Of course we do!  No, really we don’t, but it seems that people expect us to know just about everything.  One thing we are good at though, is finding out the answer if someone comes to us with a question.  So give us a little time, and we’ll probably be able to get you what you’re looking for.

If you’d like to read the full article about library myths, you can visit here.

What else do you think about librarians?


Published in: on October 15, 2009 at 11:29 am  Comments (4)  
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