December 2011

Programming Librarian’s Top Ten Lists for 2011

Lists are an end-of-year staple, so it’s time Programming Librarian offered some of its own. I decided to compile the year’s top ten most-read feature articles and blog posts, fully expecting most (if not all) of them to be from 2011. I was delighted to discover, however, that you are still finding the wealth of information we offer on the site even if it hasn’t been highlighted on the home page in quite a while. Three of the features, and four of the blog posts, were from 2009 or 2010.

Thank You to Our Contributors!

The year is nearly over, but I couldn’t let it pass without taking the opportunity to thank all of the people who contributed such wonderful features to Programming Librarian in 2011:

Lifelong Learning @ your library

Libraries are synonymous with lifelong learning. In today’s tough economy, the spotlight shines on the services libraries offer to job seekers, but libraries remain a place of lifelong learning for all, including library staff.

New for December at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks at December celebrations, Emanuel Leutze’s depiction of George Washington’s December crossing of the Delaware, a collection of Civil War resources, and civil unrest in Newark, New Jersey, in the 1960s.

I Love My (Programming) Librarian

four of the ten 2011 I Love My Librarian Award winners (clockwise fromtop left): Venetia V. Demson, Martha Ferriby, Jennifer O. Keohane, and Saundra Ross-Forrest


Featured Library: Hawaii State Public Library System

This month we are highlighting the Hawaii State Public Library System’s holiday programs. The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) is made up of fifty-one libraries located Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. This year, HSPLS is hosting a variety of holiday events that celebrate the local culture while toasting the season:

Calling Rural Librarians

The San Jacinto (Tex.) College District, a NASA partner, is developing a grant proposal that would involve professional development for rural librarians to prepare them to present STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs in libraries. The project will also examine how informal science learning takes place in rural libraries and will help rural librarians gain the skills to create informal science events that capture the interests of the communities and regions they serve.