About Me

Cathy the Librarian

I came to librarianship later in life after working in health insurance for several years and raising small children for several more.  I have an AS in Word Processing Management (a fancy title for a secretarial program), a BA in History, and a MS in Library and Information Science.  
For the pastseven years I have worked part-time in a public library at a busy adult reference desk.  As such, I am truly a Jill of All Trades.  I administer the Homebound Program serving 30 or so folks who are temporarily or permanently disabled and providing them with books, videos, audio materials, and a listening ear.  I order the fiction and non-fiction audiobooks and maintain the collection.  I dabble in cataloging and programming.  I work hard at being a good reader's adviser and try to connect readers with books they'll want to read.  I create bibliographies, bookmarks, and other materials to promote the collection.  As a special project I recently completed a complete overhaul of the paperback fiction collection, evaluating each title for use, damage, and relevance (weeding).  And mostly, I do my best to serve the library's members with cheerful good grace and helpful, accurate answers. 

Secrets I've never told anyone ...

I love children's literature, the Oxford comma, and every Modern Scholar course recorded by Dr. Michael D. C. Drout.

Professional Development

A convenient place to track what I'm doing and what I've been learning.  I only wish I'd thought of it sooner.

Webinars and other online conferences:

Appealing to Genre Readers 
Novelist, October 14, 2015, 1 hour

Libraries Connecting Communities
Digital Shift Webcast Event, October 14, 2015, 3 hours
     Opening Keynote: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
     RootsMooc: Cultivating Collaboration, Learning, and Opportunity

NCompass Live: Your Digital Footprint
Nebraska Library Commission Webinar, September 9, 2015, 1 hour

Genealogy Resources
Booklist Webinar March 16, 2015, archived March 10, 2014, 1 hour

Reference: The Tried, True and New
WebJunction Webinar June 30, 2014, archived May 15, 2014, 1 hour

Making Your Maker Space: Building for Hands-On Learning in Libraries
Library Journal Webinar, June 18, 2014, 1 hour

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014
Library Journal/School Library Journal Webinar, March 19, 2014, 1 hour

The Magic of Marketing Databases
Library Journal/Novelist/Library Aware Webinar, March 5, 2014, viewed archive 3/14/14, 1 hour

Reader's Advisory: How Do You Measure Up
Library Journal/Novelist Webinar February 4, 2014, 1 hour

The Future of Epic Fantasy, October 16
Publisher's Weekly Webcast Archive October 21, 2013, 1 hour

The Digital Shift, Reinventing Libraries Webcast Event
Library Journal, October 16, 2013, 4 hours

ALA RUSA/CODES email conversation on Forms Based Reader's Advisory
September 24-25, 2013

Inspired Reading: New Titles in Christian Fiction
Library Journal, August 20, 2013, 1 hour

The Atlas of New Librarianship Master Class    
Syracuse University, MOOC July - August 4, 2013, 2.0 CEUs, 20 hours

IndieFlix Unlimited Access to Streaming Films
Recorded Books Digital webinar, July 25, 2013, .5 hour

ALA Annual Tech Wrap-Up webinar                                                                    
ALA TechSource Workshops, July 8, 2013, 1 hour

Getting the Most Out of Online Genealogy Resources - Archived webinar viewed June 30, 2013.  
Washington State Library, First Tuesdays Series, June 9, 2013, 1 hour

Summertime and the Listening is Easy, Booklist Online Webinar, June 11, 2013, 1 hour 

Books, Articles, and other Readings:

Free to All: Carnegie Libraries & American Culture, 1890-1920, by Abigail A. Van Slyck, Sept. 2013

The Atlas of New Librarianship by Dr. David Lankes, August 2013

Mastering Online Genealogy: Volume 1 of Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy

Helping the Difficult Library Patron: New Approaches to Examining & Resolving a Long-Standing & On-Going Problem

Crash Course on Genealogy by David R. Powell


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