Cloud Town and the Basement Librarian, a guest post by Daniel McCloskey

The library was next to the town’s two jail cells in the damp basement of our tiny brick police station. If it was up to me, I would have avoided the entire building for the duration of my childhood, but my father was a children’s book author and my mother was in school for library … Read more

What’s in your smart wallet? “Keeping your Personal Data Personal

How Decentralized Identity Drives Privacy” with Internet Archive, Metro Library Council, and Library Futures How many passwords do you have saved, and how many of them are controlled by a large, corporate platform instead of by you? Last month’s “Keeping your Personal Data Personal: How Decentralized Identity Drives Privacy” session started with that provocative question … Read more

Up Above: Thinking about the “Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket” – Blog

Just in time for spring cleaning, NC Wyeth’s The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and researching an exhibition is always an enjoyable and engaging experience, but the information we provide in our exhibition labels has to be … Read more

Citizen Journalism and the Peter Parker Principle, a guest post by Hilde Lysiak

What is a journalist? Is it someone with a fancy college degree? Or how about a person with a credential from a major newspaper or news show? Oxford’s online dictionary defines a journalist as “a person who writes for newspapers, magazines, or news websites.” That definition fits in nicely with the caricature created by Hollywood, … Read more

The Art of Co-authoring and Collaboration, a guest post by Katie and Kevin Tsang

The Key to Co-Authoring Some people might think that writing a book with someone you are close with (in our case, a spouse) is a recipe for disaster. Luckily for us, we’ve figured out ways to make it work, and the result is books we are super proud of. Whenever we do school visits, students … Read more

Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom and Library

Early in 2021, I began conversations with people at the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC), the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), and California Indian Education for All, about providing a virtual event that featured Native writers. It would be available to the public, at no charge. I was—to put it mildly—thrilled! … Read more