Money Talks

Money Talks by Lauren Barack

Hooray for Library Journal publishing an article about financial literacy! Was happy to contribute my two cents about our participation in Money Smart Week.

All public libraries need to get on board with treating financial proficiency like any other form of literacy. Currently, only 18% of the public gets finance and financial management information from libraries. Let’s do better in 2016, yes?


Local paper articles

One of the easiest ways to promote the library is to have a standing column in the local paper. With print news what it is, snagging a weekly article is difficult.

The library used to have a weekly column years ago, which made it easier to reinstate. We’re limited to a space only once a month now, but it will still be a great vehicle for communicating library activities.

Here is the first.

The director asked whether we wanted to put individual names on articles, or make a generic “library” byline. As we work toward putting faces to this building, and make the institution more vibrant and dynamic, I recommended naming individuals. I hope to recruit more librarians to help me out though to prevent it from being a “me” instead of a “we.”


My first published chapter!

My goal last year was to get published at least once. It’s a bit delayed, but my chapter “Google Alerts, Trends, Chrome in Public Relations” in Carol Smallwood’s Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries is finally available!

Unfortunately, I can’t post the content here. I signed those rights away. Hope my copy arrives soon, though, so I can share it in-person.

UPDATE: The editor of this volume shortened my chapter’s intro and didn’t bother to show me. The edits she published completely change the meaning of the language I used! So now it’s incorrect and makes me look like a moron. She also proved my point that librarians generally have no idea what branding is and clearly refuse to learn.

I will never submit anything to this woman again because she is terrible at editing. So disappointed.


Libraries Transforming Communities

Here’s a great article with a Q&A from one of the initiative’s participant libraries:

“Turning Outward”: How Well Do You Know Your Community?
Thu, 07/17/2014
Editor’s Note: Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) — an initiative of the American Library Association — seeks to strengthen librarians’ roles as core community leaders and change-agents by sharing tools to help them “turn outward,” an approach developed by the The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. All of these resources are available, free of charge, on the LTC website.
Libraries around the country are already putting the “turning outward” approach to work in their communities. Alice Knapp is director of user services at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Conn.; in October 2013, she attended a Harwood Public Innovators Lab. Here, Knapp tells ALA about her library’s experience with “turning outward.”…

Earlier this year, I toyed with the idea of submitting our library to take part in this. Unfortunately, the time demands were pretty high. Maybe next year (if it gets continued…). It seems like a great way to redirect the focus of library services for continuity.


Free software for all you Makerspacers

pixar-renderman-19-free-590x330Check out this article. It appears that Pixar has a version of its software that can be downloaded for free. It’s an industrial grade app, but if your computers are capable of running it, register and get it for your Makerspace.

It’s a great way to introduce teens to animation creation. Fun fun. I wonder if I can figure out a way to use it for adult programming?