Initiatives

Implementing the Digital Media Lab at Darien Library
The DML is the brainchild and project of John Blyberg. Over the course of the first year at Darien (2011-2012), I worked to make John’s DML a reality. I contacted other libraries for information, chose and ordered most of the equipment, created the training manual, trained staff and patrons, and manage the DML today.

Founded the LITA 3D Printing Interest Group
The group began in February 2015 after ALA’s Midwinter meeting. The structure consists of a chair and co-chair and a listserv. The group has been working on a resource project.

Library and Information Science Syllabi
A repository that links to LIS syllabi which can be freely found on the web.

Tech Fair
Launched in fall 2014, the Tech Fair is an annual event held by the UX department. Tech equipment which can be used by the public and just demonstrative technology are displayed.

Small Business Consulting
As part of my work at the library, I consult with small business owners on their online presence. This includes email campaigns, websites, and social media.

Staff Art Show
The first (?) art show just for library staff on the Lower Level art gallery.

Celebrating National Novel Month at Darien Library
Starting in 2011, I started hosting 3 or more “Come Write In” events for NaNoWriMo writers. Each year, there is usually a program on how to get started with NaNoWriMo.

Local Genealogical Society Liaison
This position was offered to me by the previous liaison/head of reference. Aside from officially representing Darien Library as an honorary board member, on my personal time, I have decided to join the Middlesex Genealogical Society (MGS) as a publicist. I have set MGS up with MailChimp and Google Drive to help manage their documentation. To help MGS save money, I alerted them that they could save money by printing their newsletter at the Library.

Manager of the Tech Book Collection at Darien Library
The Tech Book Collection had long been abandoned by collection development. I took over and weeded 20+ year old books, have established a schedule for ordering new materials, and successfully campaigned to move the books to join the rest of the non-fiction collection. My current task is showcasing a few new volumes on the main floor with the other new books.

Library Interior Floor Plans to Google Maps
This was a fun project which led to Google coming out for free to measure the interior of the building so the floor plans were precisely aligned.

Crossposting Darien Library Videos to YouTube
Previously, all of the Library’s videos were only uploaded to Vimeo because of the more professional quality of the website for embedding purposes. The old YouTube account had been abandoned after the new Library opened in 2009. By crossposting the videos between Vimeo and YouTube, we have discovered that YouTube views tends to dwarf the views on Vimeo.

Submitting Materials to the Connecticut Library Association Annual Publicity Contest
Darien Library’s last submission (I believe) to the contest was in 2009 when the new building opened. I submitted “Darien Library Does Gangnum Style” video in 2012 and we took home the video prize. In 2013, I have submitted entries for each category.

Moved Darien Library’s Email Newsletter to MailChimp
We had been using Contactology, a system which put the newsletter creators at a disadvantage for creating, editing, and managing their work. After a year long campaign, the Library made the switch to MailChimp in December 2013.

Added Darien Library to Google Plus
We got a mention in Library Journal as being one of the first libraries on Google Plus as a “smaller, tech-savvy” library.