Author Archives: jessamyn

Sensible talk about HTTPS

(this is a slightly amended reprint of an article I wrote for Computers in Libraries magazine in 2016 and I’m putting it here because it’s timely. Original title: Practical Technology – Digital Privacy is Important Too. If something seems inaccurate, … Continue reading

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Ask A Librarian: How does library presenting work? Who pays and when?

Email from someone asking about how to merge librarianship and public speaking. I may not be the right person for this question… Does your employer (if you’re employed at a Library) pay (travel, salary and credited work time) for you … Continue reading

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Ask A Librarian: Options for Remote Librarianship

A portion of an email I received: “It seems you’ve been able to piece together disparate threads to form an unusual career. That’s exciting to me. I see the economy shifting toward a new model i.e. multiple income streams/work when … Continue reading

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Ask a Librarian: When do you touch a patron’s computer?

Conversation with my friend Peter (in italics) about teaching technology and when it’s okay or even helpful to touch a patron’s device. Slightly edited. I run a drop-in time weekly during the school year where people can come and ask … Continue reading

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Ask a Librarian: New Library Director Advice?

An old one from the inbox about starting as a new, youngish library director in an established library. Here are some quick links and things to think about: 1. How to manage smart people. http://www.scottberkun.com/essays/28-how-to-manage-smart-people/ If your staff is smart, … Continue reading

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