Monthly Archives: March 2012

Healing Reads webinar

Title:  Healing Reads: Bibliotherapy for the 21st Century
Presenters:  Rebecca Elder, Amy Geddes, Mathew Rose
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Start Time:
12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to

For more information and to participate in the Tuesday, April 17, 2012
webinar, go to

The popularity of bibliotherapy has seen a resurgence in the last few years with an emphasis on using both fiction and non-fiction reading in highly creative ways. Its aim now is to increase individual well-being rather than simply focus on self-help and psychological disorders. These changes offer a renewed role for bibliotherapy in your library!

  •     Does your Library Mission include a call to serve the educational and developmental needs of your community?
  •     Are you looking for ways to engage a wide representation of your community?
  •     Do your professional goals include reaching out to the most vulnerable, sensitive, and in need of help and enriching their lives?
  •     Did you know that bibliotherapy is a perfect way to serve your community and address your Library Mission – all while offering the most rewarding programming of your career?

This one-hour webinar will review the benefits of bibliotherapy for all ages, provide examples of programming and services available, and share with you how to incorporate the use of bibliotherapy into your library.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  •     Know the definition and stages of bibliotherapy
  •     Learn the benefits and limitations of bibliotherapy
  •     Know four ways bibliotherapy has been used in libraries
  •     Learn ways to implement bibliotherapy services in a library setting

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

Openings at Monterey County Free Library

Monterey County Free Libraries has several openings. Please post and/or share these announcements with your staff and coworkers. (Please click on the italicized links for more information.)
  • Monterey County Free Libraries is seeking dynamic library professionals who possess excellent professional and interpersonal skills to ensure the delivery of outstanding library services. The current openings are located at the Gonzales Branch Library, and the Marina Branch Library. The Literacy Program at the Administrative Office in Marina will open on or after July 1st, 2012. Supervising Librarian positions supervise operations and staff for a branch library or program. A list of eligible applicants will be established for current and future openings at various locations.
  • The Monterey County Free Libraries has a current vacancy for Account Clerk at our Administrative Offices in Marina. This position provides clerical and basic accounting support for administration. This classification is utilized at many county departments. The eligible list may be used to fill current and/or future vacancies at any department as they arise.

Senior Librarian Opening in Alameda

The Alameda Free Library is looking for qualified candidates for a full time position.  Please post or pass on to those you think may be interested in applying.
Senior Librarian
Open: 3/13/2012
Close: 3/26/2012
CalOPPS Link:

Mini Libraries

The news is going crazy over these new lending libraries that are sweeping, if not the nation, then rural areas.  Check out the video of one of the cutest little libraries to ever exist here.

The Little Library below though is from Faribault, Minnesota, where it is amenably managed by retirees filling in the book availability gap between monthly bookmobile visits.

Little Library

Recreational reading

If you are interested in having a little fun professional reading, you might want to check out some blogs from folks in the profession.  Here’s a link to 25 different offerings.  My personal favorite is #16, A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette.  It shouldn’t be taken as any kind of career advice, however.

Conan the Librarian