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Time for a Time-Out

Over the past few years I have been writing a blog each week, with a wonderful following of several hundred loyal readers. I kept thinking it would be difficult to find something to write about each week but people keep giving me such wonderful stories and issues! I am starting to take more time to […]

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What is the Value of Valueographies and Evidence?

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) developed a useful paper in 2010 on the Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report including the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries. The primary objective of the review by Megan Oakleaf […]

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Five Questions to Work The Room

Alison Graham offers some excellent advice on networking and making conversation. Her tips are simple, straightforward and easy to use. As she notes, the goal of conversation at functions is to establish enough common ground to determine a reason to connect again. Although an extravert, I don’t always find it easy to initiate conversation, especially […]

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One Innovation You Should Know About

Imagine you were told to set up a bookmobile.

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Chief Executive Officer – Thunder Bay Public Library

Here is the best of both worlds for an outstanding library leader: a public library system with high community support (ranking with police and fire at over 90% satisfaction) yet significant commitment to innovation and improvement. Thunder Bay offers wonderful support with creative challenges.

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Happy New Year

To clients, colleagues, friends…

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A Dangerous Profession

This week’s blog is courtesy of Ken Roberts, the Chief Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library, in Hamilton, Ontario.

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CEO Opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity for a beginning CEO with management experience. Please feel free to forward to interested individuals, and e-mail ( or call me (+1.778.689.5938) with any questions. Thanks. — Ken Haycock

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Great Opportunity for Leadership

According to Jonathan Walters, writing in Governing magazine this week, “health illiteracy” or “medical illiteracy” is costly for patient care. Shockingly high percentages of patients do not understand their condition or how to manage it, and do not understand what their physician has said to them.

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Million Dollar Decisions

This week, our blog provides a perspective of Ken Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the Hamilton (Ontario) Public Library.

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