Getting the Library Cat to Roar October 5, 2006Posted by sharynheili in Uncategorized.
Librarians here at MCPL have been discussing Stephen Abram’s article, Waiting for Your Cat to Bark- Competing with Google and Its Ilk. In Part two, published today, he discusses the strenghts and weaknesses of libraries.
What do libraries do well?
- We are biased toward our communities’ needs and providing quality information. We focus on protecting and empowering our users.
- Our focus is the community.
- We are all about learning in all its forms.
- Libraries know how to select the best information from the plethora of available information.
- Librarians excel at improving the quality of the question; questions are our business; we don’t have to guess at answers.
- We’re good at answering the how and why questions based on good reference interview techniques.
- We understand context and know how to deliver what is right for the context.
- We do local very well; we need to extend our reach.
- Libraries know how to develop collections well.
- We provide the personal human touch in this increasingly depersonalized world.
What do libraries do poorly?
- Libraries are poor at marketing and promotion.
- We need to sell ourselves better.
- Libraries need to merchandise themselves in an engaging way.
- Librarians need to advocate better for libraries.
- Libraries need to take collaboration to the next level.
- We need to connect better to the educational communities and make our services relevant to learning communities.
- We need to enlarge our repertoire–become known for more than books.
Read the complete article here and prepare to make your libary ROAR!