Tag Archives | Public Libraries

What is Wrong With Us?

Am I the only one concerned about the wonderful applause that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel received at the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago last week? Now, as an advocate, I would expect that he would be greeted with respect befitting his office and his support for public libraries. His politics are also closely […]

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Is There a Library Ecology

I would like to think that there is a library ecology. Well, let’s talk about the blather. We say there is an information ecology. A library ecology. We are only as strong as each other. We share. We value open access and shared resources. Blah, blah, blah… Then we watched as school libraries closed. No […]

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Social Innovation with Libraries

You have no doubt seen this video of an innovative approach to encouraging the use of stairs. If you haven’t seen it, take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbWjcNyOrk4 So, I started wondering how we could marry these innovations with the challenge of developing nimble, flexible organizational cultures (panthers rather than elephants to quote a colleague). We seem […]

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Library Hours Reductions

Library Hours Reductions: Does the Community Demand More?

  A year ago, I wrote the blog posting below. I took a lot of flack for it. Who wants to work on Christmas Day? Not me!  My area has declared a new holiday in February. Family Day. Instead of boldly announcing that libraries will be open and programming for families on that day, library […]

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Upping the Ante on Expertise

I have been arguing recently that the information marketplace is a crowded space (nothing new there) and if there is any scarcity it is in articulating and leveraging our unique expertise. There are many ways by which this scenario might play out. One is marketing and advocacy. We pride ourselves on “front-line advocacy” but when […]

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