I've heard the statement often "it makes xyz person a better administrator if they do hours in abc frontline service" - e.g. one can be a better library director if they are doing reference hours. Regardless of what you believe about this, does anyone know of any empirical studies on continued engagement in frontline work relative to admin quality?
How do you respond when somebody (vendor, colleague who doesn't work with public) asks why patrons don't use interfaces the way they were meant to be used? I struggle to answer in a polite and professional tone.
WTF. Salem Press is crazy. Please suggest the names of some librar* blogs fitting into "Special" category (law firms, large, medium, and small corporations, hospitals, newsrooms, and independent research libraries) that have actually been active and are deserving of recognition?
Remember that OA journal project that I started discussions about a month ago? Well, we have a title (/Journal of Creative Library Practice/) and we are considering a hosting service. In short, we want to encourage more discussion of librarian creativity. Now that we have a focus, anybody else want to jump on board?
Splitting from the somewhat unwieldy "2012 top ten trends in academic libraries" thread, http://friendfeed.com/lsw... , I am wondering, what ARE some trends in reference and instruction? Do they lend themselves to trendiness?
What lives in your Access Services department (if you have such a department)? If you don't have an Access Services department, where do functions like Circ & ILL live? (I'm pitching dynamiting our department, and would love to have a bunch of different models to describe.)
Working on a book chapter revision where I'm a second author. The most common criticisms the reviewers had for my sections were wordiness and being judgmental. I'll cop to the first--I was trained as a humanist. And I can always edit down. But I'm honestly puzzled as to how I should offer critique without making judgments.
Spinning off from Kaijsa's question here, http://friendfeed.com/lsw..., would people like to share smartboard stories w/r/t library instruction? When/why are they useful? When/why are they a waste of money and wall space?
I just got an invitation to submit an article to Elsevier's Library Connect on a topic I'm fairly passionate about. Upside: reaching a broad audience on a topic that's important to me. Downside: Evil Empire and all that. Money wasn't mentioned in the email so I'll assume that there's none involved. Thoughts?