A few of Karen’s favorite things . . .
Christmas is over so I won’t bore you with my witty intro that makes the song get stuck in your brain (mmmm . . . brains!) No, I’ll just dive right into it. These are my favorite things.
Collection Development Tools: Netgalley/Edelweiss
I work at a smaller library now, and run a blog, so I really use a lot of Advance Reader’s Copies (ARCs, or galleys if you prefer). You can find them here (if the publishers approve you, and sometimes they don’t, which sometimes takes me back to the feeling in middle school I had when everyone picked me last to be on their kickball team. To be fair, I did really stink at kickball.) Anyhow, you request and ARC, if you get approved it sends it to your e-reader, and viola – books. To date, I have bought every book I have read and loved via an ARC. With a smaller budget, I like knowing that my teens are going to read it when I spend that money. And as a bonus, I am better prepared when the new books come in to make recommendations, put together displays, and market, market, market because I have read the book.
Emergency Craft Supply Must Have: Duct Tape
It comes in so many glorious colors and patterns. You can do so much fun stuff with it. They have written whole books about it. Whether you are doing ductagami or simply decorating notebooks and folders with it, I gotta have some on hand.
Proof That I Can’t Get Rid of Anything: Discarded Magazines
It should come as no surprise to you that I love words. Truly. And you can do so many fun things with discarded magazines including decoupage, make your own magnetic poetry, marble magnets, guitar pick jewelry. Sometimes, I will even just be talking to a teen who is a huge Twilight fan and I will go back in my office and get a discarded Seventeen out of my stash and give it to them – I am a hero!! I love being a hero.
Social Media Addiction: Twitter
Twitter has a seriously rich book community – authors, publishers, librarians, book bloggers. I am there every day and every day I learn about new books, share book/library love with my peers, and learn about new tech and teen trends.
It’s Absence Makes Me Ragey: ISBN Numbers
It brings me great joy when publisher ads and book reviews include ISBN numbers. Yes, I am perfectly capable of going and looking them up. But you know, it’s super nice when I don’t have to and I can just enter the ISBN number into my jobber and a title to my cart. If I am using an online source, I can simply cut and paste it. I will love you all hardcore if we can make it a point to add ISBN numbers with our book info. And I will wholeheartedly admit that we do not always do that here at TLT. Let’s make it our New Year’s Resolution to embrace the ISBN number. Pinky swear.
Most Benefit for Your Buck: Teen Volunteers
They rock! It seems like I shouldn’t have to say more than that. But I guess I will. I get to serve teens by helping them serve their community: win-win. Plus, I get to spend time with them one-on-one and talk about things, if I am lucky that thing=books.
Can’t Live Without: VOYA and SLJ
I am not going to lie, I don’t really use these for the book reviews because the jobber we use has all the journal reviews in one place for me. Okay, so I am still using their book reviews, just not in the traditional way. I do, however, love these resources because of the following: Booklists, Programming Articles, Author Interviews, etc. I also love to read the letters to the editor (I am a huge online comment junkie as well.) Don’t forget to visit their online sites as well, lots of additional content.
What Do I Do Next? Post It Notes
Not only can you make art with them, but you can leave yourself little notes and stick them on your computer. You will not be surprised to know that I find them all over with ISBN numbers written on them. I leave myself one every day on my computer letting me know what I need to do tomorrow. Sometimes I leave notes saying, “return Stephanie’s e-mail”, or “remind Christie to write that review,” or “bring back your really overdue library books.” Librarians make the worst library patrons, just saying.
My Brain: My iPhone
Yes, it keeps me connected to Twitter. But our tech at work is old and slow and I send my e-mail to it, use it to do quick searches on the Reference desk when our Internet decides it is trying to lose a race against a snail, and I take pictures. Tons and tons and tons of pictures. Pictures at programs, pictures of books, random pictures when living my daily life. You never know when you can turn one of them into an awesome RA poster, which I do often. I have almost nothing but photography apps and photos on my cell phone. I have been known to pet my phone and call it “pretty”. Also, The Mr. has banned it from the dinner table.
Last But Not Least: You – My Fellow Librarians
I steal some of my best ideas from you guys. I mean borrow, I borrow some of my best ideas from you guys. Best program I have ever done? Live Angry Birds courtesy of Heather Booth. Most fun I had this year? I #mustacheyoutoread which was started by Kearsten at Glendale Public Library. And who else is going to understand when I say, “when will we be done with the instalovetriangle business?”
So here we are, at the end of the year and these things have made my year rock! And I promise, as my New Year’s Resolution, I will never complain about the lack of ISBN numbers on ads again. Pinky swear. Here’s looking forward to a great 2013. I hope you all will continue to join us next year. We’re all in this together 🙂
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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