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new leaf – Brian Bannon in Chicago

Please read this nice article about my friend Brian Bannon in Chicago. Give the good man a chance, Chicago! He loves your libraries, and I just know that you’ll grow to love him as well.

fire it up with a radio show

tomorrow I do a radio segment on this show: Fire it Up (updated link) with CJ. It’s on a local talk station in the northeast, but also picked up by an subscription service called transformation radio. neat! i am looking forward to my first radio interview. we’re doing two segments, each under 15 minutes.

first, we’ll be talking about the values, principles, and roles of the public library.
second, we’ll be talking about transformations currently taking place in libraries, and the future of libraries in a digital age.

in my comments, I’ll be briefly noting what libraries have meant to me personally, and sharing stories of the impacts that libraries have had communities around the globe. I’ll share stories from Bangladesh, Africa, Denmark, and here in the U.S. I also plan to point to recent research (impact study and technology and public library study) that indicates the status and impacts of technology in libraries; if i get the chance, I’ll talk about the role of librarians in this incredibly complex ecosystem.

if it’s any good (cross your fingers for me around 1PM pacific time tomorrow), I’ll post it here.

my co-guest tomorrow is the guy who started world-reader, a philanthropic enterprise that brings digital books to areas, like Bangladesh, that may not otherwise have access to them. it’s a paradox, right, that American citizens are now barred from public access to some digital content in this country because they are not available via U.S. libraries? It’s a striking inequity, and I hope I get the chance to bring this up as well.

library phantom

wow. this is neat!


Here I am again. There is so much to say in order to catch you up on things that I am going to instead say “a lot has happened” and “I look forward to being here again.” That will have to suffice for now.

Next Monday, I will have the honor and pleasure of facilitating a workshop at Aarhus Public Library’s Next Library conference. Our panel has six participants from five countries, two of them presenting virtually. We’re using a world cafe model to develop a dialog around building library communities locally. I am very excited about it and can’t wait to share some of my work with this audience. Here are my slides (re-using content that you have seen before). Thanks to my colleague Irina for her work on the title slide.

See you in Aarhus!

LJ put a little star next to my name!

My book was reviewed in 4/15 issue of LJ, available online here:

Building Collaboration, Participation, and Community in Libraries.

“Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services Announce Trendy Topics  2010:  Social Networking for Libraries! The first conference on Social Software for Libraries is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9.  Meredith Farkas of Norwich University and columnist for American Libraries, will be the opening keynote speaker at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time, 10:00 Central, 9:00 Mountain, and 8:00 Pacific.  She will address “Building Collaboration, Participation, and Community in Libraries.”  Farkas will talk about how social software is opening up new opportunities for reaching out to patrons, providing library services, and transforming our websites.”

Register at
Registration for librarians for the one day conference is $40; for students $30; and for groups $100.
For more information on these workshops please contact Lori Bell at ALS, or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services at

Alliance Library System is one of nine regional library systems in Illinois serving 260 libraries of all types in a 14,000 square mile area. TAP Information Services ( helps organizations innovate.

My talk at TEDx

If you read It’s All Good, I apologize for the cross-posting, but I wanted to share this with LBC readers as well.

I have been shy about publishing this, but not for the reasons you might think. Last October I had the huge pleasure of speaking at TEDx Columbus, a local TED event organized by local folk. I was invited, at least one of the reasons, because I work at OCLC and they were interested in highlighting ideas and work from local organizations. This was my first time talking with a non-library audience about some of these ideas and I had a great time.

You can decide for yourself how you think it went – the whole 18 minutes are posted here. But the reason why I have been shy about showing it has less to do with the content of my actual speech and so I’ll just come clean…
I had this very cute little skirt and top to wear for my speech. When I arrived the day before, the organizers shared that I should not wear black. Seriously? I almost died. And so here I am on a TEDx video wearing boring pants and a sweater. (And now you know real the extent of my vanity!)

If you have a chance to review, I would love to have your feedback. This experience definitely drove home for me that we need to be out in the communities we serve talking about our work (and not just talking back and forth to each other). I hope to have more opportunities to talk to non-library audiences … this was such a good time. Note to self: always pack a cute color dress, just in case!

book review #3

these book reviews are facinating to me. but i’m starting to wonder — to you? maybe that’s a sign that i should stop posting them? tell me what you think…

at any rate, here’s the third book review.

A library is more than a building that grants access to information. “Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community” is a guide for librarians to adapting one’s library to the community around it. Every community is different, and therefore every library should be different to suit local needs. With advice on identifying the needs and desires of the communities, attracting the community, and more, “Inside, Outside, and Online” is of strong recommendation for any librarian who wants their library and their community to be successful – Library Bookwatch, James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief, September 2009.

i checked in with my ALA Editions representative and she said that the book was sent to Library Journal for potential review, but I have not seen it there yet – hoping it makes it, still. i am so grateful for this feedback. it’s really great to hear and gives me quite the boost for continuing the conversation, so, thank you.

Welcome LIS 5937 – Libraries and Community Building

Welcome, Libraries and Community Building (LIS 5937) students from USF!

This is a special welcome to the students currently taking Kathleen de la Pena McCook’s course on community building and libraries. If you can believe it, Kathleen is using my book as her required text for the class, and this is such an honor for me because it is her book, A Place at the Table, that inspired me to pursue community building as library practice in the first place!

Kathleen has been in close communications as the class has started and then worked through the first few chapters of the text, and I’m just thrilled to have received some of the thoughtful comments that Kathleen has shared from her students. *Continuing* the dialog in our profession about community building was my primary ambition with this project, and I am so glad to see that happening in Kathleen’s class! Can I go so far as to say “mission accomplished”? I don’t think so. We need to keep the conversation going.

I would very much like to meet some of you (online or in person), and invite you to post questions, comments, or ideas on the blog here in the comments section, or send me an email to chrystie(at)itgirlconsulting(dot)com. I am thrilled to have you all engaged in the work and look forward to hearing from you.

book review #2

This is exciting. Another positive book review, this one published in Reference & Research Book News (August 2009). It’s really great to hear that this reviewer recognizes (can I go so far as to say appreciates?) the “scholarly and historical context” that I provide for the community building elements you all told me about in our research. My thesis advisors from Sarah Lawrence College (where I got my MA in History) would be so proud…

Hill, a librarian and consultant, provides practical advice and inspiration for building the library community through identifying user needs and designing services to meet those needs, engaging communities with service selection and creation, and using new technologies. The book begins by setting the author’s research in context with broader scholarship, research, and trends. It examines ways in which both people and libraries have been impacted by recent developments in networks, technology, and community, and looks at the implications these developments have raised for library practice. Stressing the urgent need for libraries to consider their work thorough the lens of building community, the author outlines the components of community building, drawing on the experiences of libraries surveyed in her research, and sets each component in its historical and scholarly context. (Annotation ©2009 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)

In other news, I’d like to thank Cheryl Napsha for her excellent suggestion (via email) about a refreshed direction for this blog. I’m thinking more about it, but I think she’s definitely onto something. I’ll leave it a mystery, for now, but it’s amazing what sorts of ideas and blessings come to you when you put questions out into the universe. I tell ya. Amazing.

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