Monthly Archive for March, 2014

Library News you may have missed March 2014

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Links to some interesting library news this month!

What news do you have? Share your library stories here!

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

Posted on behalf of Jacqueline Murphy, Colorado State Library

Inspired by the importance of shifting perceptions of libraries, a group of Colorado library marketers and directors have developed a bold new campaign designed to reintroduce our Colorado libraries to their communities through  a week long celebration September 14-20, 2014. The statewide effort is designed for libraries of all types and sizes to “shake things up” in their community in a way that fits their resources and identity (both staff- and dollar-wise).  It could be as simple as a cupcake maker station-stand in front of the library, or as elaborate as installing a Camp Happiness (Anythink) site at the DMV!

To participate, get creative ideas and receive updates leading up to the celebration week, sign up at
Stay tuned and have fun!

Who Says History has to be Dull?

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, has an extensive History of Medicine Collection.   No surprise there.  But did you know about some of these gems from the new “Circulating Now” blog?

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  • There’s a story in “Circulating Now,” about President Garfield following his assassination.   As he lay dying he longed to go to the seashore.  A specially equipped train was outfitted, with gauze wrapped around the exterior of his train car, to reduce the amount of dust, as the President was transported to Elberon, New Jersey.   However, his train lacked the power to make the final ascent to Franklyn Cottage, where he would be staying.  Townspeople, realizing the issue, joined together to push the train car to the top of the hill, where Garfield died a few days later.
  • Before there was PTSD there was shell shock and combat fatigue and Gene Kelly’s “Combat Fatigue Irritability.” This short film was made during World War II as a “naval training film,” while Kelly, the renowned dancer/actor was serving in the U.S. Navy. First screened in 1945, it focused on “combat fatigue,” a category that eventually gave rise to our term, “post-traumatic stress disorder. “ Kelly’s daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick reflects on her father in a March 12, 2014 posting.
  • More than a colorful image of the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America, this poster offers a serious public health message: “Some moms and dads who drink too much are alcoholics, and they have a disease called alcoholism. If you want to learn more … ask someone you trust.”  This series of posters produced with Marvel Comics remind us of the importance of reaching and promoting bravery, strength, and resilience among children and youth living in families with alcoholism.
  • A recent posting dated March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, is titled Famine Ships.  It chronicles, a brief history of the Irish potato famine, and the subsequent death and immigration of Irish people reducing the population of Ireland from about eight million in 1841 to six million in 1952.  Famine ships were designed to have eight persons to a bunk (four upper and four lower) with one hour of deck time for passengers.  Landlords often paid the fare for tenants in order to clear the land for grazing of sheep and cattle, a more lucrative option. 

And these are just a few of the postings on this most interesting, historical resource.   You can sign up to receive notifications of new posts on e-mail at:

And for more on the History of Medicine, from the National Library of Medicine, see:


Can I Use Someone Else’s Work?

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Search engines such as Google have given individuals the opportunity to easily find images for blog posts, library guides, and PowerPoint presentations.  But does this access allow an individual to legally repost or manipulate an image?  The answer often depends on copyright’s fair use doctrine.

The Atlantic wrote an article about two teenagers who run a twitter account called @HistoryInPics.  This account reposts photographs of celebrities and events from the past.  Often, the photographs aren’t given credit to the original source nor are the copyright holders paid for the image. Furthermore, the ability to easily repost an image or content to Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter blurs the legality of copyright in a digital medium. Continue reading ‘Can I Use Someone Else’s Work?’

Libraries Are Posting, but Is Anyone Listening?

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Scanning library job titles and duties it becomes apparent that libraries across the nation are investing heavily in a social media presence.  According to Library Journal’s Survey on Public Library Marketing Methods and Best Practices, 86 percent of libraries said they were using social media.  However, 48 percent of libraries surveyed said they weren’t measuring their efforts at all.  This disconnect of creating content without measuring its effectiveness does nothing to improve a library’s social media presence.

Here are the 4 of the most important ingredients for viral content: Continue reading ‘Libraries Are Posting, but Is Anyone Listening?’

A Culture for Innovation

Submitted on behalf of Alejandro Marquez, Reference Librarian at the Fort Lewis College and recent ILEAD USA graduate.

Libraries could take a cue from their corporate cousins and provide time and resources to dream up the next big idea.  The 20% rule allows 20% of a worker’s time to be spent on a project of their choice.  The benefits to both the company and workforce are decreased turnover, sparking creativity, and encouraging innovation.

3M allows all of its employees 15-20% of their time to work on their own projects and this allowed two scientists to create an indispensable office product. Spencer Silver was trying to create a strong adhesive for use in the aerospace industry. By accident, the adhesive was much weaker than expected.  However, the adhesive had two unique features.  It could be peeled away without leaving residue and it was reusable.  12 years later, fellow 3M scientist Arthur Fry applied the weak adhesive developed by Silver to the back of piece of paper and Post It Notes were created.  Post-it note sales are estimated to total $1 billion a year.  Not bad for a side project. Continue reading ‘A Culture for Innovation’