Card Reading For Week of May 3, 2021:

Death, Seven of Rods, Eight of Swords

Oh. Boy.

So first up, we see Death. And we are scared, because it means change or transformation, at the very least. And it might actually mean death. At the very least, it means things aren’t going to be the same. But it might just mean that it’s time to let go of old things to make room for new. Opposite Death we see the Eight of Swords. She’s struggling. Feeling trapped, surrounded by disaster, and possibly illness. Yeah, this just keeps on getting better and better.

But set between these two cards, we see the Seven of Rods again. Things are not hopeless. We just need to get up and fight.

Card Reading for Week of April 26, 2021.

Thank you for your patience in waiting for me to get back to regular readings. The world has been far too real lately for me. But moving forward, we see the Seven of Rods. This is a card of success, but, as the image suggests, one will have to fight for it. The center card, the Four of Cups, suggests regrets, sadness, disgust, as well as a stationary period in life. The Two of Pentacles represents procrastination or difficulty getting things rolling.

This is all very relatable. We all have things we need or want to do, but sometimes tasks seem so overwhelming or goals appear to be so far away, we have no idea how or where to start, so we find ourselves sitting still in the middle of it all feeling disgusted. This doesn’t mean we are bad people or failures—we are just human. Maybe now is a good time to reach out for help. On a not-entirely-unrelated note, anyone want the help me organize the upstairs playroom into a doll museum?

Card Reading for Week of March 15, 2021

There was no reading last week; I am currently going through Some Stuff ™, and last weeks cards were too focused on my issues to be generally useful. It do be like that, sometimes.

Temperance, the Hermit, the Six of Swords As we inch ever closer to Springtime and the days grow longer, we begin to see more hopeful signs. Temperance reflects a positive outcome, so long as one conducts one’s self with patience and good sense, and tries to maintain harmony with others. The Hermit is the emblem of wisdom, and also solitude and stillness. This may be the time to let go of at least one or two sources of stress and re-center. The Six of Swords represents a journey, either literal, metaphorical, or a mixture of both. It’s time to prepare for change.

Shameless (Library) Self-Promotion

Good Morning!

This week in my library science class, we’ve been discussing different ways to use social media to promote a library. Public libraries have amazing resources, but what good are they if no one realizes they are there? For most of their history, libraries have just been places to store books. Now they are hubs of digital information, as well as centers for social, educational, and creative growth. Librarians need to use the digital resources at their disposal to reach out to the community.

The articles we read this week focused on big social media platforms, such as FaceBook, YouTube, and Pinterest. Instagram, as well, is another popular site that organizations can use to promote themselves. These sites have millions of users from all over the world. But their very size can also be their downside. One small local library’s message can get drowned out by the sheer volume of information. This is why one has to keep social media posts focused and connected. Gregg Dodd, Marketing Director for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, shares some ideas I find worth emulating. One page exists on each site for the library, with posts from every staff member run through one person before they go live, to ensure a consistent message. Posts should reflect current trending topics: “We make posts that focus on what is trending overall in social media across industries, sharing content that results in high user engagement – lists, graphics, videos and quotes” (Paraschiv, p.1). For example, during an election week, a library posts covers of the latest political non-fiction. If the British Royal Family makes the news (again), post reading lists of popular British fiction. Gaining and keeping digital attention is so important to library promotion, the Columbus Metropolitan Library even allocates money to buy digital advertising.

I have no qualms about a library using social media to promote itself—again, how can people use library resources they don’t know about? I doubt any library I end up working at full-time will have much of an advertising budget. I could certainly overcome that weakness with my knowledge and experience with using the social media platforms mentioned above, and, more importantly, my knowledge of how to synch posts together across platforms to put out a unified message.

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Paraschiv, Petra. “How to Use Social Media to Attract More Users to the Library.” Princh.com, June 13, 2017. Retrieved from https://princh.com/how-to-use-social-media-to-attract-users-to-libraries-columbus-metropolitan-library-insights/#, 3/18/2021.

Programs and Services, Part Two

This week, I was asked to take a look at specialized programs and services Grissom Branch library does offer, and then suggest a couple new programs or services that might grow out of those.

Program or ServicePurposeAudienceSuccess/Effectiveness (pre-COVID)
    
1. Writer’s Group (recurring program)To promote lifelong learning and creative expression within the community.Adults with an interest in writing poetry and prose, either fiction or non-fiction.This was a very popular program, with ten to twelve participants showing up most months to share their work with one another.
    
2. FandomFest (once-a-year day-long program)To entertain patrons; to showcase the library’s potential as a social hub; to promote the work of local authors; to raise funds for the library.Children, teens, and adults with an interest in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and related pop-culture genres.The two years I have participated in this event, it drew around 200 participants from the local community, which I would consider successful in meeting the first two goals. Local writers and other vendors were allowed to purchase sales space (a small fund-raiser), and this let local authors sell and talk about their work.
    
3. Spanish-language collection (open service)To provide materials (books, videos, fiction and non-fiction, adult and juvenile) in Spanish.Native Spanish readers who have not yet learned English or are learning it, and native English speakers who are learning Spanish.These books are not checked out as often as English-language materials. I believe this is because the local Hispanic immigrant community may not be aware of the library or its collections.
    
4. 3D Printer usage (on-demand service)To provide access to an emerging technology to patrons who would not otherwise be able to afford to use it. It is very rare that I have seen the 3D printer used by patrons, rather than staff. This may be because it has not received much publicity, or because it takes time to produce a 3D printed object.

After considering these programs and services, I have a couple more ideas for specialized programming that could be added to our library (extreme close-up of experimental 3D printed game piece):

Program(s)PurposeAudienceWould it fit our mission?
    
Spanish language programming (book talks, story times, etc.)Offering library programs and services to native Spanish speakers.Students in the ESL program at the High school in the nearby neighborhood and their families.It could provide outreach to members of the community who may not be aware of our programs and services otherwise.
    
3D printer demonstrations run concurrently with a Role-playing Game clubDemonstrate the 3D printer without the audience getting bored during the process.Teens and young adultsIt would let more people see how a 3D printer works, and perhaps inspire them to reserve the printer and print their own gaming figures.