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Driving the narrative

If libraries simply report outputs as we always have, we run the risk of someone else dictating our worth. Meredith Farkas, “Your Library’s Story” I think about this potential pitfall frequently. Even more so, I worry about how relying on traditional metrics creates eyes-glazed-over reactions from stakeholders who already struggle to remember how libraries’ play […]

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Scaffolding outreach broadly

And realize that one person cannot be all outreach, even though they may have the title. It takes a concerted effort on the part of many people at all levels to make outreach a success at any institution, never forget that. Fontenot, M. (2013). Five “typical” years as an outreach librarian: And five things I […]

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Writing for the programming librarian

I’ve started writing for the ALA’s Programming Librarian website. My first two posts are up. Collaborating with Galleries: A Blessed Match “One of my first planning meetings as the new outreach and communications librarian for the William H. Hannon Library was with the director and curator of the Laband Art Gallery, an on-campus exhibition space […]

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That time we all decided to marry Canva

In summarizing the recent success of the ACRL Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group, one of the coordinators noted that “this past year, we all decided we loved Canva so much that we decided to marry it.” We chuckled, but I’m sure some of us where thinking “hm, I wonder if I could marry Canva?” Canva is an […]

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Dancing in the library lobby

The Roesch Library at the University of Dayton is doing some amazing outreach work to engage students with library services. Communications and Outreach librarian Katy Kelly recently wrote about their new library tour photo hunt for the ALA’s Programming Librarian blog: “Another clue that is entertaining to watch is, ‘Every year during final exams, the library offers […]

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Staying student-centered on campus

From I Plan To Be in the Library. A Lot: “Staying student-centered on campus takes more than providing one-shot course-related instruction, quiet study rooms, or flexible seating. It will require us to be engaged with more components of the student experience, educate other campus faculty and administrators as to why we should have a seat at […]