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 or add a comment below.

Resources provided by Recharge speakers at our events are included in the individual event posts.

Continuing Education / Webinars

Federal Depository Library Program
Library Journal
School Library Journal
TechSoup for Libraries

Business Reference

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.

Reader’s Advisory


Reading Rants – Teen RA

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

Digital Literacy

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
Digital Is
— 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.


10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris (2014)

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago Including Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana by Ted Villaire (2012)

Commencement speeches turned books

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp (2006)

Gift from the Sea

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. — 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.

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