Wikipedian -in-residence at the librarian

Bringing Wikipedia into the Library

May 1, 2018

Wikipedia contributors and librarians share similar skills: an understanding of quality research materials, an interest in effective citation and attribution, and clear public communication. Wikipedia’s “sum of all human knowledge” mission also aligns with the service-focused goals of librarianship, where patron access to public knowledge drives both activities. A difference between the two communities is … Continue reading Bringing Wikipedia into the Library


The New Instruction Librarian: A Workbook for Trainers and Learners 

The Hats We Wear

November 1, 2017

So why do we need to keep talking about this? Teaching is certainly a huge part of any instruction librarian’s job, but to be effective, he or she must move beyond the classroom and into different spheres of library life. Our work is multifaceted, and we need to address that as we prepare for that … Continue reading The Hats We Wear



Tactical Urbanism for Librarians

Tactical Urbanism

September 1, 2017

Concepts such as “cheap,” “grassroots,” and “local” are relative and open to interpretation. It costs almost nothing to scatter wildflower seeds into abandoned lots while walking or biking around your neighborhood. But it might cost upward of $5,000 to install a “parkmobile” consisting of a custom dumpster filled with tree ferns and yucca plants. You … Continue reading Tactical Urbanism



New Instruction Librarians Find Many Hats to Wear

June 24, 2017

Miller, head of library learning services at Pennsylvania State University Libraries in State College, spoke about the startling statistics found by several studies, which reveal that many instruction librarians receive no in-house training, preparation, or support for teaching, but are simply “thrown into the fire.” Miller herself found this to be true for about 68 percent of … Continue reading New Instruction Librarians Find Many Hats to Wear


Jennifer Velásquez

A Conversation with Author Jennifer Velásquez

September 27, 2016

Velásquez is a lecturer at San José State University School of Information and coordinator of teen services for San Antonio Public Library. She is the recipient of the 2005 New York Times Librarian Award and holds a master’s degree from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. An excerpt from her book was published in the … Continue reading A Conversation with Author Jennifer Velásquez



Chris Murphy, ALA Editions publisher

11 Questions with Christopher Murphy

June 22, 2016

Murphy has nearly 30 years’ experience in editorial, production, and marketing positions at nonprofit organizations, most recently with the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), where he was senior director of publications and communications. He has a B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore and a master’s from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Before packing his bags for Orlando, Murphy … Continue reading 11 Questions with Christopher Murphy