Writing

ThinkerCon 2018 Presentation

I spent November 15 through November 18 in Huntsville, Alabama, attending ThinkerCon. The first few days were spent talking and learning with about 100 educational…

Library Legislative Day Opening Remarks

Good afternoon. Welcome. I’m Alex Lent. I’m Director of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, and I’m President of the Massachusetts Library Association. Welcome to…

LibraryDirectors.org

This originally appeared in LibFocus. To help library directors – especially new ones – succeed in their jobs, I created LibraryDirectors.org. We have a growing…

How to Become a Library Director

This originally appeared in LibFocus. When I was just starting out in libraries, I took advantage of resume review workshops, attended career fairs at my…

Usability versus Identification

This originally appeared in LibFocus. We’ve made some changes at my library since I became Director in February: We now have a single loan rule…

Unusuals

This originally appeared in LibFocus. A few months ago, I added two ukuleles to my library’s circulating collection. They both got checked out within an…

21st Century Libraries

This originally appeared in LibFocus. I recently received a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Library Association annual conference. In my application, I was asked to…