Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thurs Dec 15 #publibchat questions - #infolit #fakenews

This week the chat will likely be a little less structured, since the longer version of the topic is something like,

How can public libraries help our communities with information literacy, in context of fake news, sponsored links, email chains, conspiracy theories, and unreliable sources?

But here are some questions to think about. You should also check out the resources post if you have time/inclination (and please comment there or tweet at us about additional resources!).

Q1 - What role do you feel the public library plays/should play in information literacy?

Q2 - Is your library currently providing any information literacy services/training?

Q3 - What changes do you plan to implement at your library to help information literacy in your community?

Q4 - How might public libraries partner with schools and other local organizations to help with information literacy?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Information Literacy and Fake News Resources for Public Libraries

Please leave your suggestions for resources in the comments!

General and Public Library Resources

Libguides/Resource Sites - Public Libraries

Friday, December 9, 2016

December 15 #publibchat: Information Literacy

A regular #publibchat on Twitter for folks in public libraries has started, and our next topic is:

Information Literacy in Public Libraries 

Join us at the hashtag #publibchat

Thursday December 15

9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT

December's #publibchat will be about the role public libraries can play to increase information literacy in our communities. We are working up some questions now. If you have any suggestions, please send them in!

This topic is always of importance, but is being talked about particularly right now due to the concern about fake news on social media during the recent election. Come ready to share what you are doing and help us brainstorm how we might be more intentional providing this kind of service.

You can follow our @publibchat twitter account for updates on scheduled chats. You can also see the questions in advance, and prior topic chat logs here at

Thanks! Look forward to chatting on December 15th!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

RA Resources - A Post In Progress!

Here's a start for a list of resources; a meta-list in some ways, since a lot of the links are already lists of sites. 

Please post your additions in the comments or tweet to @publibchat or use the contact form! We'll keep updating. (last update 12/9/16)

I Support #weneeddiversebooks

Twitter hashtags

Chat Questions for Nov 17th #publibchat - Reader's Advisory Resources

First, everyone can check in and introduce themselves (if they choose)

Q1 - Do you consider yourself an expert at RA in any genre/area? How did you reach that level of expertise?

Q2 - Can you recommend RA resources in your area(s) of expertise?
Q2 - What RA resources might you recommend in your area(s) of special knowledge/interest? (rephrased)

Q3 - What about genres/areas you don't know well - do you have any go-to resources for them? Especially ones we might not know about?

Q4 - Are there any specific genres/areas for which you wish there were better RA resources?

Q5 - If you know of resources especially related to diverse books, please share them!

This is a lot to get through in an hour, we know!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Next #publibchat November 17!

A new regular #publibchat on Twitter for folks in public libraries is getting started, and our second topic is: 

Favorite resources for readers' advisory 

Join us at the hashtag #publibchat! 

Thursday Nov 17
9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT

You can follow our @publibchat twitter account for updates on scheduled chats.
You can also see the questions in advance, and prior topic chat logs here at

We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Snowflake Coloring Pages for Adults

These all came as free samples from the Dover Creative Haven newsletter.  You should sign up - I've amassed a huge collection for all my adult coloring needs!

Here's a folder with 6 snowflake coloring sheets and 4 snowflake mandala coloring sheets. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Questions for the Oct 27 #publibchat

First, everyone can check in and introduce themselves (if they choose)

Q1 - Does your library have any policies related to holiday/winter programming?

Q2 - Do you think winter programming should include or exclude holiday-specific programming?

Q3 - Have you had discussions in your library about this issue?

Q4 - Tell us about your favorite winter program!

Q5 - Do you have suggestions for the next few chats?

Some related articles, just in case you're interested:

The Great White Christmas Debate - or - Have a Very Merry Something (Best of Publib)
(This discussion gets kinda contentious, FYI)

Librarians - Check Your Holidays at the Door (Storytime Underground)

Ditch Holiday Programming | Opinion (School Library Journal)

Undecking the Halls: Why Christmas Decorations Do Not Belong in Public Library Spaces.
Lewis, T. (2005). APLIS, 18(4), 137-140. (PDF)

Discover Your Inner Elf: Christmas Programs for Public Libraries
Robertson, G. (2008). Feliciter, 54(5), 222-224. (PDF)

The First #publibchat!

Let's chat about inclusive winter/holiday programming at the first #publibchat 
Thursday Oct 27: 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 7pm MT / 6pm PT 

Topic: inclusive winter/holiday programming // Thursday Oct 27: 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 7pm MT / 6pm PT

Saturday, September 10, 2016

We are in the planning stages for #publibchat, a Twitter chat for public librarians! Please help us by giving us some feedback by filling out this quick survey.

Thank you for your help and for all that you do!