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1/4/15 5:06 A

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Welcome to 2015!

What the new year bring for you on a personal level? Have you set new goals? Small attainable goals?

What new things will your library be doing for 2015?

Please share and keep us all motivated!

I have a question, do any of you have New Member packets you give to a new card holder? We are trying to put something together, which includes our hours, services we offer, how-to information, calendar of events, etc. What do others do? Do you use a small folder, a full size folder, an envelope? Looking for ideas, which fit small budget.

On a personal level, I am working on downsizing my possessions, even though we are not moving at this time, I know we have way too much STUFF, which we don't need. I need less clutter, and less to clean!

I am joining a Wellness Program through work. (Our library is a municipal department). That is a 12 week challenge, with some nice prizes. I will let you know how it goes.

So what about you folks?

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12/24/14 4:18 A

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Classes have been over for 2 weeks now. I just got back grades on assignments from 3-4 months back. I'm glad I seemed to understand the material. It's harrowing going into the final project and not having half your grades.
I'm relaxing and trying to not stress over the next term, which wouldn't be a big deal except I'm due in March, two months before the term ends. Grad school with a newborn will be an enlightening experience!

Exercise is my Prozac.


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12/21/14 7:55 P

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Just finished my Christmas shopping online. Crossing my fingers that it all gets delivered on time! Now I need to find a fun way to sneak in some exercise as I try to get everything wrapped. Hope everyone is surviving the busy holiday season and maintaining their own journey to health!

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Those classes frustrated me. Sometimes you can get indirect feedback from talking to your classmates, so you might be able to use it to improve. Another suggestion is to write down those ideas that you have after the fact that you could use to build on the prior assigments. And hang in there--it gets better!

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11/18/14 8:58 A

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I think what's frustrating for me is for my classes future work is based on previous assignments and I still don't have feedback from assignments from weeks ago (in one case it's been nearly 6 weeks and still no feedback.) I'm supposed to incorporate that feedback into future assignments to improve the work for final submission and I just don't have it.

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11/17/14 1:42 A

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That final push until the semester is over can seem forever but it will be here before you know it!

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11/12/14 8:55 A

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Only four assignments and a presentation left until the end of the term! I can't wait to have a little break!

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11/11/14 6:31 A

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Public libraries unfortunately work at the speed of government.
In the final stretch for this semester. I'll be glad it's over. Taking data services and grant writing together is a sure recipe for being overwhelmed!

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11/10/14 1:35 P

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Nice to hear that you are now accepted to volunteer! Sorry it took so long!

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11/10/14 7:11 A

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Finally got approved to volunteer at the public library (the saga took longer than War and Peace). I'm happy to be getting some more practical experience while I'm in school.

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11/2/14 7:35 A

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I'm always looking for new Librarian blogs!

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10/29/14 9:51 P

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Reminds me of a post by one of our youth librarians, who is pursuing her MLS.

thelupinelibrarian.me/

She is a wonderful person, so dedicated, and progressive and passionate!

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10/26/14 7:59 A

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I was thinking that. I have academic experience, and I'll be getting some public library experience via volunteering. Also, focusing on youth services could work for either public or school librarianship. My degree is non-specific, just "MLIS" so I'm choosing courses that have overlap, but are predominantly school library related.
It's the diversity that I love about librarianship. There are so many facets to it, so much you can do that you can reinvent your career and learn new things all the time.

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10/17/14 6:58 P

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Wearing a lot of hats can assist with job security!

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10/17/14 6:34 A

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I think I finally settled on a career path. I used to work in an academic library & loved it, and I love the work I've done with the public library, but neither seem to be what I want to do. Then someone suggested I look at school librarianship. It seems to have the elements I love about both academic and public librarianship.
So I guess after library school I'll be getting a teaching certificate too!

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8/16/14 6:37 A

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Seems that link is not working, here is the actual name of group.

SparkGuy's 10 Minute Fitness Club - you can probably search it.

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Congrats on having your proposal accepted! I know I be nervous to do a presentation! I wish you well.

As far as the weight goes, you have time to make a healthy difference in you life well before the conference.

Have you looked into Spark Guy's 10 minute Fitness group? I hear he is coming up with a new project soon. It is all based on creating a streak of 10 minutes a day of fitness. Once you get a streak rolling you kind of hate to break it!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Keep us posted! and thanks for posting!

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I found out today that the panel proposal I was asked to be part of for the ACRL Conference in March '15 was accepted, so I'm psyched, as it'll be my first presentation at a conference! Of course, I'd love to lose more weight by then! The first thing I did after I found out was to go for a walk to start burning more calories! :-)

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8/13/14 9:24 P

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Enjoy the Spark Solution!

I understand all too well about the yo-yo with the same few pounds!

Let us know what works for yout!

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8/12/14 10:44 A

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Hello!

I just got The Spark Solution and I trust this will get me on track. I've been yo-yoing a few pounds up and down for too long!

My library is a bit less busy in the summer. We support broadcasters, and many of the doc-style shows that do research are in re-runs for the summer. But the news is constant! I'm only cataloguing right now so my work is always the same amount of busy, except that I have some catching up to do from vacation and am covering a bit for someone who is now on vacation.

Have a great day!

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

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Hello librarians!

Can you believe it is almost mid August already!

Is your library busier in the summer? We are in a tourist area, so we have lots of visitors as well as our summer reading programs happening!

What is happening in your library?

How is your Spark Plan going? Are you tracking food? exercise?

I would love to hear from some others!

Have a wonderful August!

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7/22/14 6:00 P

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That link circulated in our list serve as well. Makes me wonder what life will be like in 2050.
Nice to see someone posting here!
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7/21/14 4:28 P

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"Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription"

le sigh

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Good morning all!

We use a lot of Webjunction classes/webinars. That is how the Maine State Library set up voluntary certification for Maine librarians. I will grab a couple links for you.

www.maine.gov/msl/libs/ce/libcert.sh
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www.webjunction.org/

We had 6 of our staff complete one or ore levels of the Maine Voluntary Certification. Two more are working on it.

It does not replace a MLS, but definitely provides a better understanding of the profession. One of our consultants commented that it was more comparable to a paraprofessional training.

I have my CLSP programs all set up, working on fall programs now.

Maine also has their own best new fiction award. Have started a book group to vote for the finalist. mainereaderschoiceaward.org/

Nice to see some chat in here! Wishing you a beautiful week!

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Hi all! I hope your summer is progressing well. I have been busy taking a continuing education class from Library Juice Academy and re-sealing my fence. (Who knew that you used so many muscles when you painted?!?)

Where do you turn for professional development? Online classes, conferences, professional literature, etc.?

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5/23/14 9:06 A

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I'm here and wondering about professional development/updating my education...I started a thread about it here.... I'm in a job I don't want to be forever, and I've been doing special library work for so long I'm not experienced in more standard library work so I need to put some effort into advancing my career, plus library work is going digital. What to do? I have some ideas...

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

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Hello librarians,

Is anyone here? It would be great to share some ideas!

Wishing you all a healthy week!

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5/18/14 7:16 A

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Good morning librarians!

It is a gloomy day here on the coast of Maine. We are headed into the North Woods today to go to a pig roast at historic Pittston Farm, then spending a couple of nights at a cabin with our children and grandchildren.

I would love to chat with some of you about your programming!

Have a great weekend!

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Sandy,

I have not had any library work yet. We are not in a position where I can not work, and unfortunately my background is in healthcare, so that's what pays the bills. I do some volunteer work with an online reference desk service and my for my Capstone I am working with the Digital Public Library of America, which is really neat.

I hope you get the money for your library!

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5/2/14 6:57 A

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Hi Jessie,

Welcome to the team!

The Tisdale House is on the National register. It was gifted to the city of Ellsworth with the stipulation that it always be used as a library.

www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/about/histor
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I like the proposed plans, only time will tell if we can raise the funds through capital campaigns, grants, etc.

Have you worked or interned in any libraries yet?

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It must be hard when you are trying to grow and preserve the building at the same time. Is it on the historical register or are there other spaces throughout the town you could use for satellite locations?

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4/29/14 7:28 A

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Good morning LYSINGER,

Sorry to hear about your dog and his scratched cornea. Our pets can be challenging at times for sure!

I am wondering what our librarians, both past and present, think the future holds for libraries. We are going through the process of planning a remodel/expansion.

Our initial building, needs historical preservation, and the addition added in 1991, no longer suits our needs. While beautiful and loved by the community, we do not have enough programming space, adequate space for children and teens, or quiet spaces where people can tutor, or Skype with family.

Here is a link to our library. Please feel free to share a link to your library! It will help us all become better acquainted!

www.ellsworth.lib.me.us/

Have a great day!

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Sorry, I have been busy and haven't had time to post. A cat scratched my puppy's cornea over the Easter weekend, and I have gotten in some unexpected exercise trying to wrangle her to put ointment in her eye twice a day. emoticon It turns out that a 17 pound puppy can move quite well even with an injured eye!

Unfortunately, I'm not currently working in a library, so no National Library week activities. Hopefully some others will chime in!

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Just stopping by to see if there are any librarians here . . . .

We had patrons and our Friends group bring us breakfast, chocolates and flowers for National Library Week. What did your libraries do for the week?

Is everyone still doing Sparkpeople?

Kind of quiet in here.

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Good Morning fellow librarians!

We live in a tourist area, so our seasonal patrons are beginning to trickle back, as well as some of our older ones are now getting out and about now that the weather is better.

How do things change seasonally in your library?

With better weather, I am able to walk more, and have started to clean up garden beds. I am weighing myself everyday, even though I know that is not recommended, but it helps me to stay more focused, Otherwise, I tend to think that I can eat anything with no harm done! I DO know better, but old habits and thoughts die hard!

How are you all doing?

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Good Morning,

Let us know how your straw bales go!

What are you folks doing for the CSLP summer reading program? We have fairly good attendance in our youth programs, but the adult programs have less. We have had only about 30 sign up for the past 3 summers. I have had prize drawings for each of the 6 events we hold. The local merchants donate gift certificates and/ or tickets for local businesses and events. Any suggestions from you librarians out there?

Have a great day!

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Thanks for the idea. I will have to check into straw bale gardening; I have never heard of it before. I would be happy if I could just grow some tomatoes. I apparently do not have a good green thumb...or maybe just not enough patience to make it work!

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Hi KAT,

It is always nice to hear from someone else who has tried straw bale gardening! Sounds like potatoes were a great success.

I have such mixed feelings on gardening . . . . while I enjoy it, it costs a lot of money and time, which I have very little of, and the rewards as far as produce is concerned, seem to be slim, at least in my case. I find that by the time I purchase seed, fertilizer, deer and various pest deterrents, spend my time, I could purchase bags of frozen veggies with no work involved, for less money, compared to the yield I get from my gardens. Yet I still do it, so it seems to be the personal satisfaction that is the reward for me. If we lived a hundred years ago, I am afraid that my family would starve, as my gardening yields so little!

I am finally getting out for walks, trying to build up some stamina. The ice is gone from our road, We are expecting heavy rains tomorrow, I expect our lingering snow will disappear as well.

Have a great week everyone!

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I did straw bale gardening two summers... had potatoes both times and they did great. I just stuck potatoes in them, like 20 in each, not knowing how many would survive, and by August they were vining out all over the bales; it was spacey looking but pretty, and the potatoes...all russets..did well.
Couldn't find bales the following year as the farmer who sold them down the road quit baling; then last year I found bales too late, but used them as mulch to keep the weeds down. May try bale gardening this year now that I have a bale source again.
I had tried tomatoes,too , but they didn't do well at all.



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Good Morning,

I have 7 raised beds, and that works fairly well when the deer and other garden pests keep out!
Have you ever tried Straw Bail gardening? I think there is a Spark Team for that. It seems to work well for those who have tried it.

What are your libraries doing for National Volunteer Week and National Library Week? We are trying to improve recognition for our volunteers. We are making a display board with all of their certificates, and we got recognition pins to give to them. Another year, we would like to host a breakfast or coffee chat for them.

Lets hear from some of you librarians! I know you love to help and share ideas and want to keep our libraries alive and thriving!

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It's been kind of quite on this thread. How is everyone doing? Are you getting into Spring activities? My boyfriend and I are talking about planting a container garden as I haven't had much luck trying to keep things alive in my yard.

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Woot! I find my pedometer to be a good motivator. I'm still not entirely consistent with getting 5,000 steps a day, but I'm finding that I am getting more 10,000 days since I started working toward 5,000 consistently. I'm finishing up the Idita-Walk right now. Still need to log 239 more minutes walking before the end of the month!

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Kudos Magnolia,

I am striving for 5,000 steps with my Spark Activity Tracker. Some days I make it, most I come close, I keep trying, hoping for some warmer weather too!

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Good morning librarians!

I'm plugging away at my March challege to walk 15,000 steps a day according to my FitBit. It's a lot of steps! I don't think I'll keep this up after March but maybe 12,000 is more reasonable for every day.

No major news in my library. Cataloguing away and keeping the machine in motion!

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

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Good morning Sparking Librarians!

What is happening at your library this week? Our teens are having a Divergent Party tonight, I have a writing group tomorrow night, our puppet program for school age youth is Friday,

We still have a fair amount of snow on the ground, and ice on our private road, but with stablicers, I am getting out for a few walks.

Our library is a municipal department, so I have also joined the weight loss challenge put on by our Wellness Program. Last week I lost 4 pounds, but I gave in to cheese popcorn last night, so expect I may be up a couple today. emoticon

Have a great week!

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Good morning fellow librarians.

I work Tuesday thru Saturday, so this begins my work day.

I am from Maine, and there is a lot of chat with the topic surrounding the necessity of a MSL degree. What are the thoughts in your area? Should it be mandatory, and for what positions?

Maine State Library has recently provided the opportunity for all librarians in Maine to participate in a voluntary certification program. It has 3 levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Currently, we have 3 who have achieved the Advanced level, 1 has Intermediate level, and 3 are working toward Basic level. 2 are unknown. I am not counting the custodian!

I have had a good weekend, made good choices, got out for a walk, and am looking forward to a good week.

I am wondering if it would be fun to start a couple of new threads with topics such as:
1. strange things found in books
2. odd behavior of patrons (will have to be discrete due to privacy)
3. most unusual reference question
4. successful programs
5. What our book club is reading


Thanks to LYSINGER for making this a ""sticky"" topic so people can locate it!

Have a great week!

Sandy


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3/18/14 1:11 A

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Thanks for starting the discussion. I have made it a sticky topic so that it will be easier for team members to find.



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Good morning!

I don't work in an audio-visual library, not a book library...and our circulation stats are certainly down because of digitization of library materials. The biggest problem I have with this is that the majority of the work to be done it cataloguing, and I don't like spending almost my entire workday cataloguing!

We're definitely facing major funding cuts here, not because of lower circ stats. We're publicly funded and have a Conservative federal government (I'm in Canada). Things are pretty tight! Recently 3 people retired and only one was replaced.

But I still love my job most of the time!

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one!

Dolly Parton


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3/17/14 7:05 A

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Good morning,

I was excited to find this team, but it seems to be falling behind. I wondered if there was a topic created for a daily chat or check-in. I could not locate one, so I took the liberty of starting one. One of the team leaders will have to put a sticky on it if they choose to have it display at the top of the list.

I am wondering how many of you are facing cuts and losing circulation due to the ebook revolution. Also is anyone making plans for expansion?

Happy Monday librarians!

Sandy


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