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Movers and Shakers Media Diet March 26, 2007

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Library Journal Movers and Shakers Library Journal’s  March 15 issue includes “Movers and Shakers 2007”—people who are shaping the future of librares.  A list of what they are reading, viewing, and experimenting with is included.  Their varied selections are more inclusive than just library literature–Fast Company magazine, The Tao of Leadership, Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers, Lessons from the Nordstrom Way, Audacity of Hope, Power of Reading, Small is the New Big, Convergence Culture, Telling Ain’t Training, Ten Faces of Innovation, Googlepedia, Windows Vista (the Missing Manual), national public radio, and the virtual world of Second Life are among their interests.

What we expose our minds to engages us and opens our creativity—helps us think outside the box, and challenges and leads us in new directions so that we can be a Mover and Shaker at our library.  Feast on the complete “Movers’ Media Diet” here.



Sign About Town March 26, 2007

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Libraries Need to Be Cool! March 7, 2007

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Libraries are Cool

Libraries need to be Cool.  Libraries need to Rock.  I am committed to fight for libraries.  Why?  Because I am a Librarian.


Our customers need us to Rock.  People who aren’t our customers need to look in our direction and see us in new ways, and give us some of their attention, some of their valuable time. We desperately need their devotion for life.  So much is vying for their attention.  We need to get their attention……and keep it.  Libraries need to rock, to be cool.  Why?   To survive…to thrive…to be valuable….to be essential for our customers.


I have heard many librarians proclaim arrogantly that we are not in competition with the video store, the DVD store, Google, iTunes, and YouTube.  But we are! WE ARE!

Libraries desperately need to be cool.  We need to take off our stuffy hat, get out of our safe box, and provide cool things for free, even something simple like downloadable audio books, videos, and music.   We need to be the “funnest”, coolest place in town and on the Net.   We need to constantly WOW our customers.  We need to WOW each other.  We need to be the best.  We need to win over our customers.

We need to love libraries so much that nothing is going to get in our way.  Let’s commit to this.  Let’s Rock!  Let’s make sure libraries have a “Second Life”.

Sharyn Heili

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings March 6, 2007

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Mary Pargenders March “Working Knowledge” column shares some good tips for planning and facilitating meetings.  I know that if I can’t say “good meeting” at the end of a meeting and go away feeling that I really got something out of it, the meeting probably was a waste of my time and our library’s tight budget.  

Pargender’s tips for conducting and participating in good meetings:

  1. Make sure the meeting has a purpose beyond just sharing information.
  2. Create an agenda, share it with participants,  and make minutes widely available.
  3. Ensure that discussions encompass a wide range of views.
  4.  Rotate meeting facilitators so everyone develops their skills.
  5. Consider the best meeting place–in person or virtual; time and uninterruptable meeting location are important.
  6. Give participants a copy of the agenda so that they can come prepared to discusss and take action.
  7. For action to happen, provide deadlines for action and link people with projects/ideas before ending the meeting. 
  8. Record key decisons, discussion, and reponsible parties.
  9. Look at the value of meetings to the organization.  How much do they cost in staff time?  Are they worth it?

See Mary Pargender’s column here.