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Reader’s Advisory 2.0 February 21, 2007

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Check out Hennepin County Library’s newly launched, “BookSpace”.   In this reading community, customers can listen to books, share reading lists and photos, and sign up for email alerts of favorite authors.  Customers can create their own “my bookspace” and post comments and lists .  The fully developed book club pages encourage community book clubs to post their lists. RSS, blogs, and library subscription databases are seemlessly integrated.

BookSpace, uses social software to give book lovers what they want—a place to discuss what they are reading, comment on other people’s reading, hear about good books other folks like, and be a valued member of a reading community—a Reader’s Heaven!  Bravo Hennepin County!  Readers Advisory 2.0.  See it here.




Respect: A Core Value in Every Workplace February 12, 2007

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R E S P E C T 

Respect is one of the core values at my library as it should be in every workplace.  We become so familiar with words that we use every day, that we believe that we know implicitly what they mean. This list may serve as a good reminder to you, as it did to me, what respect in the workplace means. Thanks to Susan Heathfield, management and organization development consultant.

  • “Treat people with courtesy, politeness, and kindness.
  • Encourage coworkers to express opinions and ideas.
  • Listen to what others have to say before expressing your viewpoint. Never speak over, butt in, or cut off another person.
  • Use people’s ideas to change or improve work. Let employees know you used their idea, or, better yet, encourage the person with the idea to implement the idea.
  • Never insult people, name call, disparage or put down people or their ideas.
  • Do not nit-pick, constantly criticize over little things, belittle, judge, demean or patronize. A series of seemingly trivial actions, added up over time, constitutes bullying.
  • Treat people the same no matter their race, religion, gender, size, age, or country of origin. Implement policies and procedures consistently so people feel that they are treated fairly and equally. Treating people differently can constitute harassment or a hostile work environment.
  • Include all coworkers in meetings, discussions, training, and events. While not every person can participate in every activity, do not marginalize, exclude or leave any one person out. Provide an equal opportunity for employees to participate in committees, task forces, or continuous improvement teams. Solicit volunteers and try to involve every volunteer.
  • Praise much more frequently than you criticize. Encourage praise and recognition from employee to employee as well as from the supervisor.
  • The golden rule does apply at work, or, as professional speaker Leslie Charles, says, “Implement the platinum rule: treat others as they wish to be treated.””


“Gateways to Dreams and Knowledge” February 10, 2007

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Found this nice bit of Library Haiku from a New Mexico State University Library Haiku contest.  This one makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on this cold Wisconsin Winter’s eve

dust motes dance in spring
air as book flutters open-
librarian smiles

        surviving  summer
in a brimming library –
a sanctuary

autumn sun reveals
gateway to dreams and knowledge
library doorway

(David Lee Summers)

The library –a gateway to dreams and knowledge.  Ah, what a grand, glorious, and comforting thought.  Read more library haiku here.




Warm Fortune Cookie Wisdom February 4, 2007

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Here’s the latest, greatest, and warmest wisdom from tonight’s fortune cookies.

Look! Good fortune is all around you.”
Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.

Let’s keep on learning; keep on challenging ourselves; and continue making our libraries great!

Stay warm. It’s below zero in Wisconsin.