Miriam Tuliao (Photo: Todd Boebel)

Bookend: Making a Splash

November 1, 2017

On August 6, Tuliao competed at New York’s Rockaway Beach, where she helped raise more than $1,400 for the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship program, which helps promote diversity in the library profession. “Going to library school meant a lot to me,” Tuliao says. “And those scholarship monies are not always there, so it’s an … Continue reading Bookend: Making a Splash


Joan Petit’s first-year information science graduate students at Jimma University in Ethiopia. Photo: Joan Petit.

An American Librarian Abroad

September 22, 2017

Over the past year, while on sabbatical from my position at Portland (Oreg.) State University Library, I had the privilege of serving as a Fulbright Scholar in the department of information science at Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia. I had contacted a few different Ethiopian universities hoping to garner an invitation to join their faculty, … Continue reading An American Librarian Abroad



Auctioned at the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., this multichromatic quilt coordinated by Rachel Ivy Clarke, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, uses scraps and other fabrics that may have otherwise been thrown away. Group members were encouraged to contribute blocks in colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Raising Money for Students One Quilt at a Time

March 29, 2016

The group is made up of 15–20 active quilters who work in and with libraries—including librarians, staff, trustees, friends, and vendors. By auctioning off their quilts at Annual Conference, they support students who are enrolled or who will enroll in library school. The group was founded in 1998 at the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., … Continue reading Raising Money for Students One Quilt at a Time



Shaharima Parvin, 2016 OCLC Fellow from East West University, Bangladesh

Five Librarians Selected as OCLC Fellows

August 18, 2015

The 2016 fellows were announced August 18 during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The fellows are: Idowu Adebgilero-Iwari, Elizade University, Nigeria Željko Dimitrijević, National Library of Serbia Penninah Musangi, Karatina University, Kenya Rhea Jade Nabusan, Tarlac College of Agriculture, Philippines Shaharima Parvin, East West University, Bangladesh The fellowship program … Continue reading Five Librarians Selected as OCLC Fellows


Facebook à la Fulbright

October 7, 2009

A New Jersey librarian had put me in touch with this outgoing young woman, starting the social networking experience that would supplement F2F (face-to-face) contact in class throughout the academic year. I had already been using Facebook to keep in touch with friends and colleagues while in the United States. Surprisingly, Facebook also became a … Continue reading Facebook à la Fulbright