Social media – best practices and “libraries doing it right”

I Like

I’m pulling together my thoughts for a panel on social media* aimed mostly at small libraries with small staffs. If we’re Twitter friends, you’ve seen me asking for libraries on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr who are doing a good job. (OK, I also asked for YouTube, but nobody had suggestions.) If we’re not Twitter friends, here I am. I did this because “Follow other organizations with similar missions and successful social media” is my first piece of advice, when it comes to best practices. As one of my coworkers has said, rather wryly, “Learning to be hip and fun … Continue reading

#alamw14 in glimpses

A photo from Council Orientation

I don’t yet have the space, mentally, to process ALA Midwinter and summarize it properly. But here are some moments and some impressions: When I finished my schedule back in Anchorage, I realized how much of my schedule was eaten by Council (three and a half actual Council meetings, two Council Forum meetings, the Orientation, the Executive Board/Membership meeting, the Executive Board Candidates Forum), and I despaired. That was a low point, in part because I had just found out that my workplace is seriously considering taking away travel funding (which is, even now, only awarded on a competitive basis … Continue reading



I think my schedule’s finalized. I’m glad I looked at Daniel’s (the Alaska Councilor’s) schedule, though: I had missed one of the required meetings (ALA-APA Council). Speaking of: wow, does Council take up a lot of conference, especially if you need to attend Orientation and you want to try to be a good Councilor and go to the Forums. I have 37 unread email threads in my Council folder, right now. I’m planning on going through them Wednesday afternoon while I wait my turn at the DMV. If you have more energy than I do today, here’s the Council list … Continue reading

Getting buy-in on user centricity

I’m working on a post about professional association involvement, but honestly I got sidetracked by some other projects, including the LITA Forum. And the post is taking forever, because, seriously, it turns out that people had a lot to say. I think it’s going to be several posts, over the course of a week, rather than one gargantuan post. Anyway, I had a great time and learned a lot at the LITA Forum! I also gave my first solo national-level talk there, and I think it went fairly well—people discussed during the discussion period (20 of the 50 minutes), and … Continue reading

Circulating Ideas – Gender Issues in Libraries


As promised, here is the link to the Circulating Ideas podcast that Kate Kosturski, Marge Loch-Wouters, and I recorded on Mother’s Day. Many thanks to Steve Thomas for handing over his podcast for an episode! :) Over all, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, though I continue to hate my recorded voice. I think you can tell, when listening, that Marge and I didn’t know what the questions were going to be ahead of time; while that made it fun, in a seat-of-the-pants kind of way, I might ask to peek at the questions beforehand, if I’m ever … Continue reading

Web Fundamentals

I don’t know if I mentioned, here, that I was signed up to teach “Web Fundamentals” at Anchorage Programming Workshop (“APW,” or “that monthly workshop where women learn to code”), earlier this month. I remember wanting to write a whole post about it, because I was fretting pretty hard about what to include, what to exclude, etc. But then I didn’t, because I got overwhelmed by that and other projects. I always have the most things to write about when I have the least time to actually do the writing. Anyway, it was supposed to be an hour-long (give or … Continue reading

A Much Happier Post


My last post was a serious downer, and I apologize for that. I debated skipping the medical stuff, but I really felt like I needed to justify my decision to back out of ALA—if not to everyone else, then at least to myself. (And enough people have asked “What did you do to yourself, Coral?” that it seemed worth getting it all written down somewhere I could share it, anyway.) Deciding not to do ALA was a hard call. People have been super supportive, though! I am really grateful for the amazing folks in the library world, and I’m glad … Continue reading

Best Practices for Blogging


I agreed to teach a session on “Best Practices for Blogging.” In case others are making these kinds of presentations, or other libraries are just now starting blogs (hey, we have a couple of new blogs, so surely others must, too, right?), I thought I’d share the best practices I’ve pulled together and leave the floor open for others to comment and add theirs. I’m focusing this talk on blogs by library staff, for patrons. But these best practices are also applicable to other kinds of blogs (and, arguably, I should follow more of them, here). Also, I’m really not … Continue reading

ALA Midwinter 2013

I’m combining my obligatory “lessons learned” post (past ones: here… and the others all got left in draft format) with my “how’d conference go?” post. I didn’t learn that many lessons—not enough for a full blog post—and, spoiler, I had a great conference. Quickly, my lessons: Get a prescription for sleeping pills before conference. Because, seriously, I laid in bed for hours before sleeping, each night, and it wasn’t even an uncomfortable bed. Sounds crazy, but here’s my theory: I squash down my inner introvert all day, at conference, and I act totally extrovert-like. But, as social as I enjoy … Continue reading

Quick News Post

I have so many real posts queued up—some of them are even started! But I’m on what I hope is the tail end of a super hectic, um, year. I’ll share some quick news, though (bolded for quick scanning), because I want to tell folks about the things that are going on, and I don’t want to seem to have fallen off the face of the earth. Probably my biggest news is that I’m running for ALA Council—the link goes to ALA’s press release with the list of nominated candidates, not to any kind of Facebook page or other campaigning … Continue reading