My library had the privilege of hosting the ALA traveling exhibit “Listening to the Prairie: Farming in Nature’s Image” in 2001. It was an extremely successful but challenging experience. My small library with two staff members and eight student assistants hosted the exhibit for six weeks AND provided a host of complementary programs on campus and in the community as well as provided tours for the exhibit and our campus prairie.
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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!