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Join Us at ACRL

ACRL’s award-winning national conference is coming up quickly. If you’re heading to Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and say hi to us in booth #548. Programming Librarian will be demonstrating some of our newest website features and offering information on some upcoming program grant opportunities from ALA.

Of course, we’ll also be taking some time to attend some of ACRL’s excellent programming. Here are a few paper presentations and programs we’re looking forward to:

A Science Café in a Library?

How do a Science Café and a university library fit together? Actually, they are a perfect match. One of the goals of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries is to promote the library as the intellectual and cultural center of the campus. Having a Science Café series within the library helps us accomplish this initiative.

Searching for Hidden Treasure

I admit to being a bit late to the geocaching party—I only found out about it a year ago, when I chanced upon some related iPhone apps—but I immediately saw how well it could lend itself to library programming. Turns out I’m not alone in thinking that; a quick Google search revealed libraries have been offering geocaching events for years. For those of you who are also new to the phenomenon, I’ve gathered some information you may find useful for planning your own geocaching programs.

It’s Academic: Using Programming Librarian in LIS Courses

As a library science educator, and with concerns about saturated job markets as well as declining job opportunities, I’m always looking for ways to give my students a competitive edge. Instead of giving the future reference librarian only a hint of an introduction to programming in libraries, I want the future reference librarians that come out of my program to be able to hit the ground running and do more than answer reference questions. So, I’ve become a Programming Librarian evangelist!

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