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The Natural Enemy of the Librarian

The Natural Enemy of the Librarian

Uplifting monument or waste of space? Philip Johnson’s Bobst Library and a conflict between professions, a shift from book warehouses to social hubs. Photographs by Andrea Geyer.


Posted on: April 24, 2018, 6:43 am Category: Uncategorized

1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo

1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo

Chart of day




Posted on: April 24, 2018, 6:42 am Category: Uncategorized

History of Library Automation

History of Library Automation

This graphic shows the history of mergers and acquisitions in the library automation industry. (Created by Marshall Breeding)

Graphic history of the history of library automation
by Marshall Breeding


Posted on: April 24, 2018, 6:38 am Category: Uncategorized

Character matters (if you let it)

Character matters (if you let it)

Posted on: April 23, 2018, 6:41 am Category: Uncategorized

The 16 Types Of Video Game

The 16 Types Of Video Game

Let’s do this.

1. The Mainstay

2. The Time Waster

3. The Fave

4. The Traveler

5. The Socialite (Online)

6. The Socialite (Local)

7. The Newsmaker

8. The Spectator Sport

9. The Ego Boost

10. The Podcaster

11. The Bad Habit

12. The Guilty Pleasure

13. The Palate Cleanser

14. The Second Job

15. The Mountaintop

16. The Maybe-Someday


Posted on: April 23, 2018, 6:40 am Category: Uncategorized

Blogs for Programming Librarians

Blogs for Programming Librarians

“As a programming librarian, it can be hard to consistently provide creative, original ideas for your patrons (you can only host so many book talks, right?). But there’s a simple solution for librarians seeking support and inspiration: the blogosphere.”

5 Minute Librarian


The Neighborhood Librarian

Teen librarians

Ontarian Librarian

  • Her favorite librarian blog: Jbrary 

Hi, Miss Julie

The Loudmouth Librarian

Children’s librarians


The Show Me Librarian

Thrive after Three


Posted on: April 23, 2018, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

The Samurai Guide To Managing Difficult Clients (and having a life)

Library members and bosses too!

The Samurai Guide To Managing Difficult Clients (and having a life)


1. Help your client translate their over-the-top request into a question that begins with the words “How can we?” The effort to frame a pressing challenge in the form of a “How can we?” question will open up the conversation, reveal hidden challenges for the two of you consider, and cut to the chase in an elegant, time-efficient way.

2. Get your client to describe their vision of success. The clearer your clients are about what their “hoped for outcomes” are, the more you will understand what’s really required to get results.

3. Establish clear agreements and protocols at the beginning of the relationship. Let your clients know what you can do and what you can’t do — what you will do and what you won’t. There will likely be a little voice in your head wondering if this will “fly” with the client. Relax. It will. In fact your client will respect you more for clarifying your boundaries.

4. When asked for a super-quick turnaround of a project, let your client know what you are able to deliver and what you are not able to deliver in the time frame requested. Let he/she know what the trade-offs are. Once your client becomes knowledgeable about the downsides of such a quick turnaround, he/she will be more likely to extend the deadline.

5. Speak the truth. If you know a particular request is impossible to fulfill in the time allotted, say so — and offer an alternative fall back date. Even an extra day or two on a project can make all the difference in the world.

6. Be sure to ask “by when” your client needs the deliverable. Poke at the so-called deadline. Often, a client’s request “by yesterday” means “a week from now,” or “by Thursday”, not “tomorrow.” Don’t assume your client’s anxiety or lack of planning means you have to work all weekend.

7. Ask your client for the names and contact numbers of key people on their team (or in their company) — resources you can contact on a moment’s notice, especially when your client is unavailable.

8. Practice “reflective listening” — sometimes known as “checking for understanding.” This is simple to do. For example, if your client makes a request of you at 4:59 pm on Friday (or any time, for that matter), restate your understanding of the request, i.e. “If I understand you correctly, you are asking my team and I to launch a new viral video for your company no later than tomorrow morning — one that will get 10 million views by Monday. Is that accurate?” If it is (and you agree), at least you know what your mission is. If it’s not (or gives your client pause), the two of you will be able to make some last-minute adjustments to your marching orders.

9. Realize that pushing back and saying “no” is not the same thing as being “negative.” Your goal is to create a collaborative relationship, not an abusive one. You want to be a partner, not a slave — a consultant/advisor, not a whipping boy or girl.

10. Feel free to give your clients feedback, not just head nods. Unfortunately, very few people know how to give feedback in a meaningful, effective, non-threatening way. And so they say nothing. Not a good idea. One feedback format you might consider using is called LCS. It takes only a few minutes, sometimes less.Here’s how it works.”


Posted on: April 22, 2018, 6:38 am Category: Uncategorized