Category Archives: Intellectual Freedom

Committment to Literacy

Working with students is so inspiring. Just the way they look at the world with their young eyes challenges my own way of thinking. This is why it is so important for us to start reading to our children from … Continue reading

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No More Weeding Angst

I recently read Weeding the Worst Library Books in the April 26th edition of the New Yorker. Daniel Gross makes a particularly salient point when he writes that libraries “symbolize our collective access to information”. It is the collective ideal that is … Continue reading

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Libraries really are the only truly democratic institution we have

Thanks to Lina Hoelzel from the Dudley Tucker Library in Raymond NH for sharing the March 2015 issue of The Rotarian!  The cover article “In Praise of Libraries” by Joe Queenan is one more example of how essential public libraries are.  As a … Continue reading

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Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge

For the past two weeks my K-4 students have been making bookmarks for the Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge.  Although the challenge was launched on International Literacy Day, I heard that the Bezos foundation would double their already generous donation of $1 for … Continue reading

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Ursula Le Guin! Listen Carefully. What an inspiration!

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Reading Matters

Does it matter what we read? It matters that we enjoy reading what we are reading. It is so satisfying when you give a book talk and generate interest in a story, or an author. But then what is so demoralizing is … Continue reading

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Library advocacy

I just read The Not Too Distant Future blog http://futura.edublogs.org/2010/04/18/rethinking-library-advocacy/ about library advocacy.  Two mothers from Spokane WA, Lisa Layera Brunkan and Susan Lloyd McBurney have done a lot of footwork to figure out how we can best advocate for our … Continue reading

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Library policies

I can’t stress enough how important library policies are.  Not just for public libraries but school libraries and special libraries as well.  Not because they tell everyone what they can’t do but because they provide the framework to let everyone … Continue reading

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Hello

Hi readers; This blog is mostly about librarianship and rural libraries.  I realize this is a broad topic.  I will be breaking it out into pages such as: technology, library management, intellectual freedom and open access etc.  Since I have … Continue reading

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