November 21, 2017

Archives for March 2011

What Is a Library? An Attempt at Common Sense | Peer to Peer Review

Last week we welcomed Scott Bennett to our campus for a few days of conversations and a spot of intellectual shock treatment. Bennett, as you may know, wrote a fascinating study for the Council on Library and Information Resources examining how newly constructed or renovated libraries were being used, and how those uses did not […]

Interview with Stephen Abram

Library futurist Stephen Abram sat down with me recently to tape a session for Bubble Room. Stephen was in town to help my library as we revisit our strategic plan. I asked him to share his thoughts. It certainly is a dynamic time for libraries and and Stephen challenges us to think of ourselves in new […]

5 Things to Think About Before You Start Marketing

Has this ever happened to you? Library staff have an idea that they believe will really be helpful to the public, “if only we marketed it.” If only we raised awareness through posters or fliers or an event. While I applaud the passion of library staff who have these ideas, I’d challenge us all to […]

“Selfless Audacity” Means Creating a Sustainable Not-a-Business Model | Peer to Peer Review

I’m one of a group of librarians thinking about an alternative future This week Bryn Geffert, librarian of the College at Amherst, published an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) arguing that libraries need to step up and play a role in publishing, introducing his argument around the experience he had […]

Contra Costa County Library Gets $45K Grant for Virtual Museum Pass Program

Libraries that offer reservable complimentary museum passes generally require patrons to go to a branch to pick up physical passes, but an online approach is on its way from the Contra Costa County Library (CCCL), based in Pleasant Hill, CA. If development proceeds as planned, it could soon also be used by other California libraries. […]

Don't Miss This: LJ Webcast on Market Segmentation

Market segmentation is at the core of true marketing. It has attracted a lot of attention among libraries in the last few years. Beyond my own library, several others across the country are digging deep into understanding our customers. At a time while we remain “Open To All” we can no longer be “All Things […]

A Touch O'The Irish

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, thought I’d share this video from Library Ireland. Cute and clever, but wondering about the exclusive focus on books. What do you think?

Movin' and Shakin'!

I couldn’t miss the opportunity of this forum to thank Library Journal for my recognition as a 2011 Mover and Shaker. I am deeply humbled by the attention and for being called out for this award. But because I’m an oldest daughter and middle child, I can’t just say thanks. I have to thank others […]

Scanning the Horizon | Office Hours

If you are on the fence about emerging technologies, take a look at the new Horizon Report (www.nmc.org/horizon; see also LJ‘s summary). The 2011 report not only pre­sents technologies to watch but offers a road map for planning and an ongoing dialog about change in education, learning, and libraries. Supported by research and evidence, it […]

Library Referenda 2010: Vote of Confidence

By Beth Dempsey Despite tough antitax sentiment, libraries win 87% of operating and 55% of building referenda Amid a bitter political climate, punctuated by the rise of a virulent antitax group, voters overwhelmingly entrusted their libraries with their tax dollars in referenda held between December 1, 2009, and November 30, 2010. Operating revenue measures passed […]