Here’s a list of resources, library-related and otherwise, recommended by Recharge Committee members to help you research, recharge, and become a better library professional. The list is ongoing, so if you have suggestions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or add a comment below.
Resources provided by Recharge speakers at our events are included in the individual event posts here.
Continuing Education / Webinars
BIG (Business Interest Group) — Discusses issues and information related to business services offered by the library and librarians, including job searchers, local businesses, and financial literacy. Recommended by Jolie.
Makerspaces / DMLs
Digital Media Lab Summit Google Group — Formed after an in-person event of the same name. Active group good for recommendations for those starting or expanding their digital media lab. Recommended by Tony.
Makerspace Networking Group
TeachTechnology Google Group — Also known as Computer Class Instruction RAILS group. They share curriculum for classes and meet quarterly in the suburban Chicago area. Recommended by Tony
Library Learning & Creation Center by Colorado State Library — Free online learning resource and webinar series’ for librarian issues, makerspaces and technology. Recommended by Tony.
Teen (grades 6-12)
Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action
Spigot — Daily feeds to interesting articles about learning and technology related to youth audiences. Recommended by Amy.
DML Research Hub
Being Boss — Two creative professionals talk about how they create success in their professional and personal lives.
Creative Mornings — Recordings of Creative Morning talks from creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs from around the world.
NPR TED Radio Hour — Focuses on a specific topic and features various TED speakers. Explores a variety of ideas including sources of creativity, outer space, collaboration, and transformation. Recommended by Jolie.
Responsive Web Design — Provides coping projects, building teams, and the valuable insights that huge companies are facing the same challenges as your library (because the future is hard).
On Being — Well-crafted, intimate, and intelligent conversations with notable figures from across disciplines. Recommended by Chad.
Pop Culture Happy Hour — Entertainment and pop culture roundtable podcast features spirited discussions of movies, books, television, and nostalgia. Recommended by Chad.
Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine — Weekly insights to ridiculous past medical treatments with humorous asides from the cohosts. Recommended by Amy.
StartUp — An informative and honest look into creating a new business.
The Unmistakable Creative — Interviews with artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and instigators telling their stories and turning points.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana by Ted Villaire (2012)
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp (2006)
The Giving Heart: Unlocking the Transformative Power of Generosity in Your Life by M.J. Ruan (2000)
The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives by Shankar Vedantam (2010)
The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs edited by Anthony Molaro and Leah L. White (2015)
Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn (2012)
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (2007) — Recommended by Amy: When you’re trying to problem solve or feel like there’s just no way to work around a barrier, understanding mindset and perspective can be incredibly helpful to push you towards a resolution.
Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice Medrich (2012)
Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going by Dr. David Kundtz (1998)
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (2010) — Recommended by Tony.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield (2002) — Recommended by Chad.
What It Is by Lynda Barry (2008)
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (2013) — Looking to kickstart your life, without getting too self-helpy? Jen Sincero provides the jump you need with humor, candor, and great tips to start living an awesome life. Recommended by Jolie.
The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck (1973)
The Art Institute of Chicago — Viewing art is incredibly inspiring.
Bullet Journaling — An analog note-taking system.
Secret Garden coloring book — Adult coloring books are all the rage for a reason!
Kitchen Adventures — Try Cooking Light Way to Bake by Rachel Quinlivan West (2011)
Morning Pages — Julia Cameron’s practice from The Artist’s Way, Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning.
Side projects — Have some little side projects to mess about with. Exercising skills and craft outside of work helps see what you do in new ways.
Walking meetings — Get outside to walk and talk. Recommended by Amy.
#100DayProject — A creative project that is run by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. It encourages process, consistency, and creativity.
A Beautiful Mess — DIY blog covering interior design, fashion, and all things pretty plus recipes for delicious food and merry cocktails.
Ars Technica — Blog for bleeding edge tech reviews, science, and internet news. High level reading and analysis on timely subjects like internet privacy & security. Recommended by Tony.
Brain Pickings — Thoughtful curation of interesting/historical/bookish things that can elucidate very personal/meaningful issues. Recommended by Elizabeth.
Canva — Online tool used for creating graphics like a pro. For free in the cloud.
Caroline Hax — An advice columnist for The Washington Post, Hax has a good way of providing insight into a lot of different kinds of situations.
Design Thinking for Libraries — An exercise in creative problem solving and patron-centered design. The toolkit is free to download. Recommended by Amy.
Library as Incubator Project — Blog that highlights creative library programs, with a focus on libraries as incubators of the arts.
Literary Jukebox (Brain Pickings) — Daily posts of short pieces of writing or quotes paired with a pieces of music. Recommended by Elizabeth.
Mind/Shift — Explores the future of learning, covering cultural and tech trends and innovations in education.
Paste Magazine — Creative and authentic online arts and lifestyle magazine.
Library Humor on Pinterest — A giant library humor Pinterest board.
Sidebar.io — Email newsletter that delivers tasty little nuggets of inspiration in your inbox every day.
The Space Deck — A set of 56 digital cards that present prompts for ways to make space in your life and work.
Urban Sketchers — A Flickr group for people who love to draw the cities they live and visit.