LibFocus

I’m excited to announce that I’m now blogging with LibFocus.com! This is a collaborative library blog based in Ireland. The current bloggers are all academic librarians and were looking to add a public librarian to the mix. I’ll be cross-posting here.

Hopefully, readers will like my posts so much that they pay to send me to a conference in Ireland. That would be really great.

Two Millis Months

Today marks two months since I became Director of the Millis Public Library! This is a great fit for me and I’m thrilled to be here.

It has been a major goal of mine to become a library director, and what a place to do it! Millis is a town of about 8000 located about 25 miles southwest of Boston. In 2013, Millis built a beautiful new 17,800 square foot library and I love it. If I were to design my dream library, it would look just like this.

The people here are wonderful. We have a staff of 10 who are talented and friendly and work well together. We have three Trustees who work incredibly hard for us. We have a town government that values the library. And we have a community that is incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Millis’ love for and pride in its library and its community as a whole is one of the biggest reasons I applied for this job, and it’s going to be one of the biggest reasons Millis remains a successful library.

#Masslib15

I have received a Kay Bader Scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Library Association 2015 Annual Conference next month! I’ve never been to MLA before and I’m really looking forward to it. There are some terrific speakers and a bunch of people I know are going too – should be fun!

Thank you, MLA, for the scholarship!

NETSL15

I presented a “lightning talk” at the New England Technical Services Librarians 2015 Annual Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on Friday, April 10. It was my first lightning talk and I had a blast! Five of us had 7 minutes each to present on a topic related to technical services.

I talked about processing unusual items. I presented a poster on unusual items last October at the Small Libraries Forum. My goal there was to show that unusual items are affordable, impactful, and fit the typical library mission. My goal with my lightning talk at NETSL was to show that processing unusual items is easy. Other speakers covered weeding with data, weeding with community involvement at an academic institution, taking advantage of unused MARC fields in KOHA, and cyber security in public libraries.

You can see the slides from my talk here: alexlent.org/portfolio/02528LENT.pdf.

At the end, all five of us shared a question and answer session. I was pleased with the questions I received – people seemed excited by my talk and were eager to learn more. The audience was lively and our moderator, Tom McMurdo, was excellent.

On a more personal level,  my dad work at Holy Cross. We went to lunch and he came to my talk, which was a lot of fun. Thanks, Dad!

PS: I also saw this license plate. Amazing.

Millis

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going to be the next Director of the Millis Public Library!

NELA

This past week, I was named Chair of the PR Committee for the New England Library Association! With this Committee Chair comes a spot on NELA’s Executive Board, which is exciting.

NELA is a pretty cool organization – it’s larger than the state organizations, but it’s significantly smaller than the American Library Association. What this means is that NELA is big enough to attract terrific speakers and have great programming, but small enough to be intimate and to facilitate useful networking. I had a great time at the 2014 NELA conference and I am eager to get to help plan the 2015 conference.

Interim

I was just appointed interim director of my library while we continue our search for a permanent new director.

Small Libraries Forum

I had a great time yesterday at the Small Libraries Forum in Sturbridge, MA, hosted jointly by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System. It was great to meet so many people passionate about small town libraries. Jessamyn West was a great keynote.

I presented a poster about our success circulating “unusual” items at the Medfield Library. People seemed to really like my poster and were excited to add unusual items to their own collections. I put up a PDF of my poster in my portfolio. Direct link: here.

Check out tweets from the event here: https://twitter.com/search?q=smalllibraries. Note that this hashtag will get used again, so if you’re checking this link in a few months, you might not get what you’re looking for.

#NELA2014

I am very excited to report that I’ll be attending the 2014 New England Library Association annual conference over the next few days. I’ll learn a lot and get to meet a lot of cool librarians. I’ll post a report about the con sometime later this week.

my ten

I like this meme! Check out some data from it here.

I love a lot of books, but these are the 10* that have been most crucial to my lifetime of reading so far. I’ve listed them in roughly chronological order.

1. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
2. Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe
3. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
4. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
5. The Dark Elf and Icewind Dale Trilogies by R. A. Salvatore
6. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
7. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
8. Oranges by John McPhee
9. Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
10. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Bonus: The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran

 

*10 if you count series as single items and pretend I didn’t list an 11th book. 11 if you include the bonus. 28 if you count all the books in the series listed. 45 if you count all 18 Calvin and Hobbes books instead of just Calvin and Hobbes, the original.