Gandalf reading a book. "A Wizard is never late, nor is he early. He returns his books precisely when he's meant to"

Making Posters - Productive Procrastination

Some of the most commented-upon posters on my library walls are these classics from the wonderful PaperZip website (click the images for links to high quality downloads): I've also got a few nice comments about this Spock poster I made myself: A student said to me the other week, "You just need a Star Wars […]

The Booklender and the Teetering TBR Pile of Doom

My last two blog posts have been book reviews. This one was meant to be as well, but I haven't finished reading the book for review yet. The problem I have, and I'm sure I'm not alone in experiencing this issue, is that there are just too many books. I'm currently reading three things at once and have […]

To school librarians, public libraries, librarian knights, custodians of our culture, you taught me well. I'll never forget you.

Chris Riddell and the Campaign for School Libraries

Libraries are having a hard time of it at the moment. The plight of public libraries is well documented, and it breaks my heart. As much as they may want to, however, the government cannot just close public libraries willy nilly. Thanks to the Public Libraries and Museums act of 1964, Public Libraries are protected […]

Skull on a book

Halloween Special: The Unread

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, the leaves are turning and the shops are full of pumpkins. Which can only mean that Halloween is here! To celebrate, here's a short, creepy library-set story I wrote a couple of years ago while taking part in the FutureLearn/Open University MOOC, Start Writing Fiction. […]

Thing 23: Making It Work Together

Here it is - the final Thing! I made it! A lot of ground has been covered in these 23 Things, so an obvious question is, "How do I stay on top of all these tools, platforms, streams and other gubbins?". An answer would be to have a look at Rudaí23's final Thing! They suggest […]

Thing 22: Mobile Things

As recommended by Thing 22 - Mobile Things, I have been been playing around with the fashionably retro app, Gum. The app's creators describe Gum as "the social network of things". Sounds great, but doesn't tell you very much - but luckily, the app is about as simple as apps get these days. The website […]

Thing 18: Communicating through photographs

You know what they say about pictures and words. Instagram I run an Instagram account in my school library at the moment (although, I must confess, I have neglected it since the summer holidays. I must rectify that this week). I tweet pictures of new stock, author visits, events and random bits of loveliness that […]

Thing 15: Library Advocacy

Library Advocacy - putting yourself out there to stand up for what you do. View image | gettyimages.com Like many librarians, I'm not good at making a noise. I am much more comfortable quietly getting on with what I do, but I am all too aware that occasionally I will need to step out of […]

Thing 14: Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) - the Next Big Thing or a flash in the pan? A useful education tool or a fun little distraction? And, more to the point, just what is AR? Put simply, it is a way of using smart devices to interact with things around you. For example, if I were to go […]

Whybrarian?

Books ordered neatly. By me. The reasons I am drawn to librarianship are, like the job itself, multifaceted. I like the variety of work - librarians are the ultimate generalists, which suits my personality, style, abilities and temperament. I enjoy the customer service aspect of librarianship, love the technical side of things, too - I really […]