Help the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative Identify the Role of Public Libraries in Their Communities.

Please consider taking a few minutes to answer this survey. This short survey is being conducted on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries (GL) Initiative. The purpose of the survey is to help the Global Libraries Initiative identify opportunities to focus their current support of public libraries in ways that foster innovation and dramatically accelerate positive and lasting change in libraries … Continue reading Help the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative Identify the Role of Public Libraries in Their Communities.

60 Things We Need Less and More Of, What Would You Add?

Love this list from the Harvard Business Review! WE NEED LESS: WE NEED MORE: Information Wisdom Shallow billionaires Passionate teachers Self-promotion Self-awareness Multitasking Control of our attention Inequality Fairness Sugar Lean protein Action Reflection Super sizes Smaller portions Private jets High-speed trains Calculation Passion Experts Learners Blaming Taking responsibility Judgment Discernment Texting Reading Anger Empathy Output Depth Constructive criticism Thank-you notes Possessions Meaning Righteousness Doing … Continue reading 60 Things We Need Less and More Of, What Would You Add?

What Reading (Listening) Do You Recommend for a Leadership Program?

My library has a leadership program and we were asked to recommend books, journals articles blogs blogposts podcasts whatever with an annotation preferably, on any topic relevant to leadership, management, customers service or other topic we think would be helpful to participants.  I went through my favorites of the last couple of years and came up with these: Predictably Irrational, The Hidden Forces That Shape … Continue reading What Reading (Listening) Do You Recommend for a Leadership Program?

Does the average Joe really need to know what a browser is?

Jessamyn West shared this yesterday “A team from Google interviewed dozens of people in Times Square the other day, asking a simple question: What’s a browser? This was in an effort to understand and improve the customer experience of Google’s own browser, called Chrome. Turns out that over 90% of the people interviewed could not describe what a Web browser is.” Watch the video I … Continue reading Does the average Joe really need to know what a browser is?

What DO you wish your patrons knew?

I copied this post from The MLXperience to ask you – What DO you wish your patrons knew? Seattle Books Examiner’s Danielle Dreger-Babbitt took an informal poll of librarians in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, and Portland about what they wish library patrons knew or did. Here’s the shortlist: 1. Use us! 2. We support Intellectual Freedom 3. Be respectful of our library … Continue reading What DO you wish your patrons knew?