Via e-mail today: I envision the library as a focal social and information center that plays a strong role within the daily lives of individuals. We are not there yet, but if enough people believe in themselves, libraries, and society — i think we can get there.
Thanks Jessamyn for an incredible essay this am! If libraries can make more people feel like I do, that seems like a pretty good thing. http://www.jessamyn.com/journal/06/feb.shtml#13
Blake rocks! http://www.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=04/05/17/0729248 This is a good one. SPL probably is the first library of the 21st century and will set some standards for study and emulation for years to come. Read the piece at the New Yorker. It fired me up big time this am as I sit at Panera! Lordy! I love libraries!!
Congrats to Larry Bennett and Ralph Takach!! They presented a program attended by over 100 people in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 4, 2004. “Defusing Hostility and Preventing Violence in the Library and Techniques for a Safe and Secure Library, sponsored by the Indiana State Library, was a success! The program offered librarians the chance to: ? Learn how to recognize early warning signals of anger or hostility. ? Become aware of how to handle unsettling situations involving patrons by using a variety of communication styles. ? Learn how to keep the behavior from escalating into a crisis and how to […]
(*without breaking the bank) (Thoughts this am, connected to Panera’s WiFi network, an iced tea, and the whole weekend stretched out before me..) Blog! The tools are free. Blog internally and externally. Promote your stuff to your users. Promote the library to the staff. Bring out your staff’s hidden creativity. It’s time well spent. Send out your Web content via RSS. Not everyone may know what’s up with RSS but they soon will. That little on your site says a lot! Use IM to answer patron’s questions. The software is free! Publicize your library’s screen name and see what happens. […]