party photos!


One of my new year’s resolutions is to THROW MORE PARTIES (and, to update my blog more, OBVIOUSLY). A semi-related resolution: DOCUMENTING MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS. It kind of hurts that I don’t have photos of a lot of the stuff I’ve done (things that come to mind: most of my church programs, reorganizing ex-boyfriend’s bedrooms, reorganizing … [Read more…]

goals for 2016

I’m hitting the ground running. My term on the SLA Government Information Division board begins January 1. I’m having a house party January 2nd. On January 16, I’m doing a career workshop at CUA. The weekend of January 22 is our book sale at the Mount Pleasant Library! On February 12th, I’m moderating a panel … [Read more…]

writing more

My friend Ray advised me that if I don’t update my blog more, “people will think I’m a slacker,” so I want to think, with you, dear reader, about why I haven’t been writing. I’ve been really tempted lately to try to take this space in a more personal direction, so I’m going to try … [Read more…]

some notes on last night’s dinner

I have had some Costco triumphs before (feeding 50 people breakfast and lunch for $300) but I felt pretty good about feeding 6 people for $30 in an hour. You can buy a pretty substantial rack of pre-seasoned ribs at Costco for about $20. I had a vague notion that if I put ribs in … [Read more…]

Data mapping for public libraries

I’m featured in an article in Proquest’s “Strategic Library” newsletter about public librarians who use PolicyMap’s awesome software to gain insights about the communities they serve. Thanks for the shout out to PGCMLS, Trudie! I’ve really enjoyed working with you.    

library dashboards in Google Sites

selfcheck graphs

I just submitted a proposal to the 2016 edition of the Collective, so I’m finally getting around to putting screenshots of my baby on here. Our public library collects usage statistics at 19 branches. Staff use our Intranet, or a desktop shortcut to our Google forms, to collect our daily program attendance, visitor count, and reference transactions. … [Read more…]

don’t forget about email marketing!

I’m going to flesh this blog post out in the coming weeks with details about Hoopla usage after an email push….look for a huge influx of content from PGCMLS as I wrap up my work here and process my thoughts (I’m off from work and in the US between August 5-10). I follow a few library-related … [Read more…]

the Inuit Bowhead Knowledge Study

Came across a really cool study today: Final Report of the Inuit Bowhead Knowledge Study “As mandated by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement of 1993, Inuit knowledge of bowhead whales in Nunavut, Canada was collected by means of 257 individual interviews with 252 Inuit hunters and elders in 18 communities during 1995 and 1996. During … [Read more…]

Santi Cosma e Damiano


One of the great pleasures of this trip has been Father Luke’s commentary about the Roman skyline from the beautiful terrace at the Convitto. A few evenings ago, Father Luke pointed out the Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano and reminded me of its connection to Thomas Merton. The church features in The Seven Story … [Read more…]