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Public Libraries & My Work Products


Although I started out working in public libraries but moved to academic - my first professional position was children’s and youth services for Houston Public Library (HPL). Early in my career, my goals were to continue my networks and knowledge base with both public and school libraries while I moved among types of libraries. Obviously I wanted to keep my professional and personal friendships, but my work at HPL had taught me that all libraries were "connected" in serving their community. I experienced this in my state and national association work as well with service on a public relations initiative with a focus on librarians and their expertise - rather than on libraries.

 


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Public Libraries & Products Designed for Libraries


Although I started out working in public libraries but moved to academic - my first professional position was children’s and youth services for Houston Public Library (HPL). Early in my career, my goals were to continue my networks and knowledge base with both public and school libraries while I moved among types of libraries. Obviously I wanted to keep my professional and personal friendships, but my work at HPL had taught me that all libraries were "connected" in serving their community. I experienced this in my state and national association work as well with service on a public relations initiative with a focus on librarians and their expertise - rather than on libraries.


After my frontline work in public libraries and my move to academic libraries, my goal was to maintain my relationship and my knowledge base with this environment not only for academic and public collaborations but also to be able to continue work with all ages and types of constituents. Although academic environments are diverse, public libraries - by their very nature - serve everyone and I have enjoyed my Board work and especially my teaching and training for individuals in all sizes and types of public libraries but especially in the smallest public library environments.


Through the years, my Newbery and Caldecott committee service provided background for public and school collections and service as well as for knowledge about professional collections in higher education. Instructing patrons in the use of the library was a focus across types of libraries in the ALA Library Instruction Round Table. My service on a LIRT assessment committee offered opportunities for survey and assessment research that could be used in all types of libraries (and fueled my love for Likert Scales along with my 25 year retention of the best New Yorker joke ever).


Lessons learned throughout the years for all types of libraries but especially for public libraries include:


  • the difficulty of constantly assessing constituents to meet desires and needs;
  • the relentless economic upturns and downturns of a general community economy and the impact on public library funding;
  • the ever-changing challenges to and defense of intellectual freedom; and,
  • the critical need to maintain “extreme” community engagement.

Along with all of this difficulty, however, is the incredible satisfaction one gets when a program draws hundreds of people ... when one mother says how much your book helped her and her child ... after a senior finds a network of friends at the library or after two people come to you to tell you the business they started after using library resources has taken off!


Products
These resources represent selections from the master list of my resources/work products. A large number of these were designed for public library environments but many of these can be used for other types of libraries and library settings. In addition, LLAMA columns and articles as well as ALA-APA articles were written with all types of libraries and information environments in mind.


Appendices Additions for Online Content. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. These appendices are 20+ free pages from R & L to supplement Library Management for the Digital Age .


The Application Form. TXLA. 2011 to the present. Helpful Handouts are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.


The Art of the Job Description. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


A Book by It’s Cover. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Crafting Your Cover Letter. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA's placement center activities.


Culture Keepers VI: Preserving the Past; Sustaining the Future. A companion piece to "Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Academic and Research Librarians: An ACRL White Paper." ACRL. 2007.


Evaluation Instruments: More Than the Forms. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2008. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Frontline Advocacy Train the Trainer Materials. ALA. 2008. "Frontline" is an ALA webpage designed to consolidate advocacy content for librarians in the field for the purpose of training library employees, stakeholders and supporters. Content by Todaro includes: In-Person, Virtual, and/or Digital Delivery of Frontline Advocacy: Designing Training to Meet Today's Training Needs (word document linked from the "Frontline Advocacy page" and 52 Ways to Make a Difference - Library Advocacy throughout the Year).


Identifying and Conveying Transferable Skills. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


A Librarians’ Planning Handbook. Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 1993. ERIC.


Leading People You Don’t Manage. LLAMA. 2011. This 19 page handout was designed to supplement a LLAMA middle management webinar series.


Libraries of the Future: Implications for North Texas Libraries . NTLP. 2008. Although this 59 page report was prepared for primarily public libraries in North Texas, there is extensive information on the future of libraries in general as well as on the concept of change.


New Trends in Libraries: Implications for North Texas Libraries. NTLP. 2008. Although this 45 page report was prepared for primarily public libraries in North Texas, there is extensive general information on the trends, trends in public libraries and processes for keeping up with trends.


PLA Preview 2014: How do you manage? PW . Andrew Richard Albanese. 2014. This article was an interview of panelists who presented at the 2014 PLA national conference.


A Practical Guide for Personnel Management. TSLAC. 1993. A 60 page handout designed to supplement a series of personnel workshops for the state agency.


Preparing For Your Application Process. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.


Professional Associations...Moving Past Membership into Involvement. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth Toolkit: A Realistic, Concrete Approach. TLA. 2013. This toolkit applies the values’ content available for libraries to the practice of librarianship.


Public Library Advisory Board Handbook. TSLAC. 2012 This publication is accompanied by a webinar and a handout for webinar. A request to view the webinar must be made to the Agency, although the handouts are readily available. The handout can be accessed under Download the pre-Webinar handout.


"A Rose By Any Other Name." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2006. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


Thinking Outside the Hiring "Box." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


To Supplement or Not To Supplement: Post-Interviewing. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.


Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Ten Days of Work. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.


TLA Chairs/Leader Training. TLA. 2013. This handout serves as a training document for TLA committee chairs at the TLA midyear meeting / Annual Assembly.


The Truth is Out There (LLAMA Columns). PDF’s of these columns can be found by accessing ALA’s LLAMA Publications page and choosing under "Browse the author" limiter on the right side of the page.

  • "2 + 2" Vol 20, No 4 (2006)
  • "911? 511? 411? 311? ...?" Vol 25, No 1 (2011)
  • "As We Go to Press and into 2006 . . . What’s on My Mind?" Vol 20, No 2 (2006)
  • "Community College Library Fundraising" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
  • "Harry Potter and the Mediocre Manager" Vol 19, No 1 (2005)
  • "Higher Ground" Vol 19, No 2 (2005)
  • "I Mean it" Vol 21, No 1 (2007)
  • "Is That My Garbage Can?" Vol 22, No 1 (2008)
  • "I’ve Looked at Life . . . " Vol 20, No 3 (2006)
  • "Juvenile Fish Transporter" Vol 22, No 4 (2008)
  • "Mentoring Advice from an Expert" Vol 25, No 3 (2011)
  • "No More ’Extra! Extra!’ But ’Read All about It!’" Vol 23, No 4 (2009)
  • "Philosophy!" Vol 24, No 4 (2010)
  • "Pimp My Library" Vol 21, No 4 (2007)
  • "Six Feet from a Spider" Vol 22, No 2 (2008)
  • "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" Vol 19, No 4 (2005)
  • "Aisle or Window? Smoking or NonSmoking? Leadership or Management?" Vol 23, No 2 (2009)
  • "Two Mothers" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
  • "What Goes Around . . ." Vol 19, No 3 (2005)
  • "What’s New? What’s Next? Or ... What’s Not?" Vol 24, No 2 (2010)
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