This interview is with Holly Hibner, Adult Services Coordinator at the Plymouth District Library in Plymouth, Michigan. Holly is co-author of the blog Awful Library Books (with the very awesome Mary Kelly), has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is the co-author of a collection development book due out this summer (with Mary Kelly!). She’s also been a library unconference coordinator with yours truly and is a big fan of all things beer.
Best…blog/publication related to the profession (other than your own…)
I love Michael Stephens’ Tame the Web blog. http://tametheweb.com It combines everything I love about libraries and technology in a very practical delivery.
Best…conference to attend if you can only afford to go to one this year…
Best…awful library book…
I have to be loyal to my boyfriend Dee Snider, so I’ll go with Dee Snider’s Teenage Survival Guide. Just kidding, I’ve never actually met Dee Snider. It’s always fun to show the world that librarians are far from boring people, though, and I do listen to some heavy metal music. If we could upgrade to “David Draiman’s Teenage Survival Guide,” I’d buy it. (Until Disturbed becomes outdated, and then we upgrade again. You get the idea.)
Best…beer (okay, you can name more than one…)
Best…project you’re currently working on (or completed recently)
I made a very impressive, if I do say so myself, Adult Services training manual. I went to a PLA session about retaining institutional knowledge, so I’m on a mission to formalize some of the things that long-time employees “just know” – but many of us don’t. We need to track why things are the way they are and how they got that way so that we can continue to expand and improve on them – without repeating mistakes of the past. It worries me when only one staff person knows how to do something. You need a “firey crash scenario!” That’s a morbid way to put it, but if they leave the institution for any reason, what knowledge will leave with them? The manual will eventually end up in wiki format (probably) so it can be updated and used freely and easily by all staff members.