Information Discovery in Chile

Sometimes even in our own countries, looking for information can be a challenge. Imagine the experience of living in another country – where even your assumptions about where to look for something are dead wrong. You go one place – the internet, for example – only to discover that a website isn’t at all how... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Plan

It’s here once again – that time of year when we reflect on what we’ve done this past year and think about what we want to do the following. Some people write down New Years Resolutions. Others clean and simplify. And yet others plan. This year I’m doing a combination of all three. Although our... Continue Reading →

Writers of the Future

While in South America, my sister and mom alternately check my PO box. Here's what came in today's mail: For those of you in the know, you get how huge this is. For those of you not in the know, let me explain. L. Ron Hubbard, other than being known for Scientology, was first and... Continue Reading →

How I Write a Short Story

It usually starts with a phrase or a complete sentence. This will come to me out of nowhere, or sometimes inspired by one of the many "what if" questions I ponder throughout the day. Everything I see is potential fodder for a story. How did that crack in the wall get there? Why was that... Continue Reading →

A Cheater’s Guide to the 10 Questions

Here's something fun to read this holiday season: Released as part of a Holiday Sci-fi-tri-fecta, my flash fic story in Space Squid. A Cheater’s Guide to the 10 Questions (Reprinted from the Underground Citizen Advisor, August 1, 2084) By Hillary Dodge Before you take the test, there are a few things you need to know. There... Continue Reading →

Get That Job: PP Presentation

Here's a presentation on job hunting skills that I shared with a friend of mine's library science leadership class. It was an end-of-semester class and her students were great - excited and bubbling with lots of good questions. If you likewise have a question or want to share a tip of your own, please post... Continue Reading →

Spooky Tales Storytime

Halloween is a fun time of year to explore the darker side of the imagination with kids. To that end, I traditionally perform a "Spooky tales" storytime for the preschool age group. Today I'm going to share what I did in my storytime this past Friday (day before Halloween). I'll skip over my opening and... Continue Reading →

One Night in Hornopiren

March 26, 2017 This story will be much better told if I don’t relate the outcome at the beginning. It began with a campsite. And what campsite it was! A rolling field of green tumbled with mottled stones stretched a long way down to the mud-slicked rocks at the water’s edge. Gently lapping waves washed... Continue Reading →

Multiracial Families in Picture Books

Because this is a topic close to my heart, I thought I'd share a list of beautiful books I've encountered that include multiracial families. With all the recent publicity around transgender and same-sex families, I feel like this simple concept gets lost in all the diversity hub-bub today. I guess it's no longer a surprising... Continue Reading →

Online Controversies & Professionalism

It's easy to get wrapped up in someone else's drama. Heck, that's why we read books, isn't it? But when it comes to your professional community, I think careful consideration of the known facts alongside tempered but honest reaction is best. So I'm going to take a librarian's stance and post some thoughts on how... Continue Reading →

Where’d the Interface Go?

The average Brit checks their smartphone 221 times daily and has their eyes (and hands) glued to the device roughly 3 hours each day (itproportal). According to a very scientific conversion formula, that means that Americans must check their phones exactly 3,554 times daily, spending nearly 18.74 hours on their devices. That seems legit, right?... Continue Reading →

Children’s Librarianship & Public Speaking

Being a children's librarian has many benefits and I would argue, is one of the most fulfilling library careers out there. But listing all the reasons why being a children's librarian is awesome isn't the point of this post. Rather, I'll be focusing on one specific benefit: Having experience as a children's librarian can improve... Continue Reading →

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