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


The Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) is looking for a fund development  consultant to work with San José Public Library’s adult literacy program, Partners in Reading, to lay the foundation for an individual donor campaign to develop a new renewable, sustainable revenue stream to support the program. The model developed through this project will be shared with other California library adult literacy programs that may wish to implement a similar project.
For the full RFP go to the RFP Page located under the Documents tab.

Lead the Change

Wow, the staff development opportunities just keep coming this Spring, and now Library Journal is offering their Lead the Change conference on March 20th, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose.  For more information, go to


Eureka! Leadership Institute registration now open!

The Eureka! Leadership Institute is a great, six-day intensive program for building new leaders for our libraries.  The application process is rigorous, but worth every minute, and Eurekans who come out of the program go on to do interesting and exciting new projects in their libraries.  Encourage your staff to apply, or maybe even apply yourself.  For more information, and to download the application materials, go to

Besides, the Institute will be held at the beautiful Dolce Hayes Mansion, right here in the South Bay.

Dolce Hayes Mansion

2012 Spring Workshop for all staff levels!

What Do I Do Now?  Handling Challenging Situations with Mentally Ill and Homeless Library Users
The 2012 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Tuesday, April 24, 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
Castro Valley Library (Alameda County)
$15 registration fee

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

What’s the best way to deal with unpleasant, scary or bizarre behavior from library users who may be mentally ill? How should you respond to library users who complain about other users who are minding their own business and complying with library rules but appear to be homeless? Most of us who work in public libraries have had to deal with these situations. This workshop will provide you with some tools that will help you handle them well.

The presenters, Leah Esguerra, Kathleen Lee, and Karen Strauss, all work in San Francisco Public Library’s innovative program to address issues with mentally ill and homeless library users at SFPL’s Main Library. They provide training for SFPL staff on how to handle these challenging situations.  Leah Esguerra is SFPL’s full-time psychiatric social worker.  Kathleen Lee, who was formerly homeless herself, works as a Health and Safety Associate in the program.  Karen Strauss is SFPL’s Deputy Chief of Main.

In January 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal reported on Leah’s work at SFPL. Both Karen and Leah were also highlighted in an Associated Press article about the homeless and public libraries
The workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.
For more details and to register, go to