Sunday, November 23, 2008

Pop Culture

One of the interesting things about working in a public library is that one can clearly follow the waves of pop culture. I just pulled off the fiction shelves armloads of recent bestsellers that have quickly been replaced by the newer, currently popular book.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Here is something that I really like from The Carrot Principle- a book on improving employee performance through recognition. I should let you know first that the authors say there are four key areas of leadership: Goal Setting, Communication, Trust, and Accountability. This is a statement on accountability from CACI:

At CACI, we hold ourselves accountable for being honest, in all our dealings. We don't make excuses; we make it RIGHT.
Of course, that doesn't mean that we never make mistakes. Every organization does. And we are not different. We know er are not perfect, and we take ownership when we are in error. (After all, if you can't admit a mistake, you certainly can't fix it.) Then we correct our mistakes, and we correct them quickly. We do this even when it hurts.
When it comes right down to it, accountability means that if you or I make a promise to a client, we fulfill that promise. We make every effort to ensure that the client receives exactly what they expected to get, as a result of our agreement. And we don't just do this because it's on paper. We do it because it's the right thing to do and because it is just good business.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Convenience is king

From a Washington Post article on Japanese Convenience stores today:

"Americans invented the chain convenience store in Dallas in 1927, and it is still going strong. There are 146,294 of them in 50 states with annual sales of $577 billion, or about 4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, according to the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing."

We know that people will pay more for a convenient experience that saves them time (insert cliche here). In most cases people are already paying for the library either through taxes or tuition. So, besides time what else that is important to everyone can the library provide? Some, like my library, have gotten into the coffee shop business too, should we instead be putting 7-11's in our libraries?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hadn't thought about that...

From the NISO Blog:

" John Sack, Highwire: Today, readers and browsers are technology applications. A decade ago readers and browsers were people."

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Walk the Talk

"The Centrality of Leadership

Taking all the above-mentioned factors that influence the library environment into account, I want to forecast the future relating to assessment in libraries. Effective implementation of data-driven and evidence-based decision-making requires vision, leadership, and risk-taking. This leadership depends on character, understanding of economics, changing technology, and expected impacts. Without focused, effective, and supportive leadership, assessment and evidence-based management will not scale. Without direct and consistent support from the library director, assessment activities lose traction and do not penetrate the local library culture. Local assessment frameworks cannot succeed without continuous support from library directors. Leadership needs to demonstrate purpose, consistency, and determination in the use of evidence-based management. Leaders need to walk the talk."

This a quote from the award winning portal article by Amos Lakos

Evidence-Based Library Management:The Leadership Challenge portal: Libraries and the Academy 7.4 (2007) 431-450

Monday, November 3, 2008

Do Schools Today Kill Creativity?

This is Sir. Ken Robinson talking about creativity and society more than schools themselves.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Stanley Wilder article

Chronicle article from Jan 2005 by Stanley Wilder on information literacy