Lisa A. Forrest is an Associate Librarian for SUNY Buffalo State and the founding member of the school's Rooftop Poetry Club. She is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council and a 2009 fellow of the WNYLRC/RRLC Leadership Institute, led by current ALA president Maureen Sullivan. As Coordinator of Reference Services and Library Communications, Lisa's scholarly writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including American Libraries, A Leadership Primer for New Librarians (Neal-Schuman Publishers), Journal of Library Innovation, Thinking Outside the Book (McFarland), Urban Library Journal, and Writing and Publishing: The Librarians Handbook (ALA Editions). Her research interests include the use of innovative technologies in library instruction, multicultural programming, library leadership, and creative marketing and outreach. A twice nominated Pushcart Prize nominee, Lisa's creative writing has been featured in ArtVoice, Buffalo News, Damn the Caesars, eco-poetics, elimae, foursquare, Hot Metal Bridge, Kadar Koli, WordWrights, and Yellow Edenwald Field. She is the recipient of the national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRINDI) Award, June 2009 for her radio commentary And So This is Christmas, which aired on WBFO, Buffalo’s local NPR station. Lisa's first collection of poems, To the Eaves (2008),is available from BlazeVox Books.
College book clubs: Collaborating for success, Journal of Library Innovation (2011)
Book Club programming not only adds to the value of the college library, but serves...
The eye of the brainstorm: Transforming the library through creative idea building., Urban Library Journal (2008)
Research indicates that most people have capabilities for creativity if creative abilities are allowed to...
Overvaluing the virtual: Second thoughts on second life., American Libraries (2008)
Library web site assessment: From focus groups to pareto charts. Vol. 26 (4), Journal of the Library Administration and Management, Vol. 4 (2), pp. 26-28. (with Donna Davidoff), Indiana Libraries (2007)
Up on the roof with poets., American Libraries (2006)
Contributions to Books
Let’s work it out: Managing stress and conflict in libraries., Handling job stress: Tips by librarians. (forthcoming) (2013)
Nothing to lose: Creative programming for the frugal librarian., The frugal librarian: Thriving in tough economic times. (2011)
As academic libraries continue to transform from “the building with all the books” into lively...
Out of bounds: Developing a library outreach program using Kouzes & Posner's five practices of exemplary leadership model., Mid-career library and information professionals: A leadership primer. (2011)
There are no shortages of challenging opportunities for librarians today. From shrinking collections to apathetic...
Speak Up: The VoiceThread Project, Information Literacy Through the Streets of Hollywood (2011)
DIY publishing projects: Broadsides, chapbooks, and beyond., Writing and publishing: The librarians handbook. (2009)
The Do-it-Yourself movement has led to a resurgence of “handcrafted cool” (pick up an issue...