Here’s a question for anyone who’s willing to share their library’s practice for sharing what you learn “on their dime.” How do you bring back to your library, and share with your colleagues, the information you gain at library-supported professional development activities (conferences, workshops, training, etc.)? I’ve read plenty about libraries’ missions and strategic plans, and so on, but I haven’t been able to find many specific descriptions, or examples, of what librarians are doing to share their knowledge learned at professional events.
Ever worry about where our profession is headed? I do—a lot—but then something happens to make me realize there is indeed a bright future for librarianship, and that library work still attracts talented, creative, and interesting people. I recently had the good fortune to meet two such individuals: Ashley and Heather Pierce. They’re sisters who both happen to work at the Harvard Law School Library (HLSL), and they’re both vibrant, motivated young women who enjoy their work immensely and are obviously committed to it.
I’m a true believer when it comes to qualitative assessment: give me a room full of people and an hour and I’ll gladly do a focus group, but quantitative assessment based on data and metrics? Not so much. In fact, not at all… until I worked on a survey project with Sarah Tudesco, an organizational [...]
I may be trance-channeling Andy Rooney as I write this column (God! How I miss him on 60 Minutes!), because a number of library- (and maybe not-yet-library-) related things that perturb, confuse, absorb, and/or bug me have piled up and I have to ask if any of them irritate, perplex, or fascinate you, too.
I was on the Information Desk in Widener today and my friend and colleague, Joshua Parker, stopped by for a moment. It so happens I’ve been looking into MOOCs lately, with special interest in edX and Coursera, and when I saw Josh it occurred to me that he should be teaching a MOOC on supervision [...]
One of the developments I’ve been watching with interest in the news has been the rising presence of therapy dogs in libraries. From Monty, the certified library therapy dog at the Yale law library, to Beck at the W. Gordon Ryan Public Library in Lucasville, OH, therapy dogs are becoming widely embraced as a means of bringing people of all ages into libraries and engaging them.