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Keeping It All Together with Trello: A Project Management Tool for Library Programming

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A Trello homepage

At the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University, library programming is supported by two full-time librarians, one full-time support staff person, and a team of student assistants. This is a far cry from where we were only a few years ago, when programming and outreach was led by a single librarian.*

Time to Meet Your New Faculty!

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For librarians working at colleges and universities, the end of the summer signals the inevitable approach of a wave of new faces. No, not students. It's time to meet the new faculty hires!

At Loyola Marymount University, every August has brought as many as 40 to 60 new full-time faculty from across the campus's six academic colleges. Orientation for new faculty occurs during the weeks leading up to the start of the fall semester. For the past few years, this three-day event has included a tour and reception hosted by the William H. Hannon Library.

Building on Millions of Tiny Shoulders: Tips for Hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Wikipedia logo with feminism symbol, Photo credit: Wikimedia Foundation / Psubhashish, Saileshpat

In today's information landscape, there is no avoiding Wikipedia. Not only is it the largest encyclopedia, but it’s one of the 10 most visited websites in the world. As early as 2011, more than half of the U.S. population was already using Wikipedia for research, according to a Pew Research Center project. A major part of Wikipedia's success is that anyone can contribute to its content.

Curating and Cultivating Exhibitors

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Outside exhibit

One of my responsibilities as an outreach librarian is to coordinate the scheduling of non-archival exhibition space in the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University. The central atria of all three library floors provide more than 500 linear feet of wall-hanging space, six vitrines of various sizes and enough floor space to accommodate at least 20 Batmobiles (if only we could get them in the door!).*

When Library Student Workers Take Over Instagram

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Since I began managing Instagram accounts for academic libraries three years ago, I've discovered there are two types of posts that attract the most engagement from students: idyllic photos of the library and pictures of other students. We are privileged in that our building's unique architecture and proximity to a near-ocean bluff provides endless opportunities for the former. So, to leverage the successful nature of the latter, this year the William H.

Collaborating with Galleries: A Blessed Match

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One of my first planning meetings as the new outreach and communications librarian for the William H. Hannon Library was with the director and curator of the Laband Art Gallery, an on-campus exhibition space in the College of Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University. Over the past few years, the Hannon Library and the Laband Gallery have developed a synergistic relationship built on shared vision and trust, a relationship that has increased the impact we could achieve as single institutions.

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