Monthly Archives: September 2010

Analytical Mindset: Part 1

See here for the previous post of this installment. I’m again writing a reaction piece about the 5 Minds of a Manager article. Last week, the Reflective part was due, and this week it’s the Analytical. Analysis means loosening up  … Continue reading

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Collaboration buzzwords

In my last post, I was less than thrilled by some of the readings I had to do about collaboration. Here’s a summary of what I read in an easy to understand picture, for your edification.

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Collaboration/Community Engagement

You have to admit, “Collaboration” and “Community Engagement” are buzzwords. I’ve heard them quite often, and I used to always roll my eyes at that. It’s more corporate jargon that doesn’t really mean anything. Most of my readings on collaboration, … Continue reading

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Librarians: Bringing Order to Anarchy

(Disclaimer, yet another class assignment.) Librarians: Bringing Order to Anarchy I have a friend who thinks that “hysterical” librarians support secretive anarchy. The “secretive” part relates to the fact that so many librarians were up in arms about the Patriot … Continue reading

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Librarians are still needed

“Librarians will still be needed to help the public, the public just may not know it yet.” Kristin Jeffries This is a great quote by one of my classmates in our discussion forums, where the entire class talked about the … Continue reading

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Technology should be a supplement

…and not a replacement. In one of my classes’ discussion boards, the professor asked how new technology will affect libraries’ future mission. It’s an interesting question, and I think I went a little bit overboard in answering it, largely because … Continue reading

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For the love of God, don’t use Comic Sans

Comic Sans…it looks so innocent. So free, so trusting. People are drawn to using it as a font because it looks like handwriting. It’s not as hard or harsh as Times New Roman, and it’s more carefree than Arial or … Continue reading

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Five Managerial Mindsets project: Reflective Part 2

See here for the beginning of my ongoing class assignment, otherwise this will probably not make sense to you. According to those guys I mentioned in my previous post (I hope you read it–if not, read it now), the Reflective … Continue reading

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You need a strong fanbase to keep your library funding

You really do–without strong community support, it’s all too easy for local governmental bodies to cut library budgets. If the library just “exists,” it will soon not exist. Libraries need to keep growing and implementing change in order to stay … Continue reading

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Roving librarians

I’m reading Foundations of Library and Information Science, 3rd ed, by Rubin, and in one section he treats the subject of roving reference librarians, which sparked my thinking. First off, I love the idea of roving librarians. Many libraries aren’t … Continue reading

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