Here’s an awesome post from Sally Pewhairangi in New Zealand. Run to read it now.
20 Everyday Ways To Escape The Library Echo Chamber
- “Next time you pick up a takeout coffee, observe the experience and compare it to your library’s service.
- Read the book reviews in the local paper. What value could your library add to those reviews?
- Note the language your favourite restaurant uses to describe their menu offerings and compare it to the language your library uses to describe its services, databases or collections.
- Watch a TED Talks video on a topic you know nothing about. What did you learn? How could you apply this to library presentations?
- Next time you’re at the supermarket observe how they use signage to provide direction and information. Also compare the self-check to that in libraries.
- Take a walk in the park. What do you notice? How does it make you feel? How does it differ to your library?
- Next time you visit a retail store, check how they place their security gates. Could you do anything differently with your library security gates?
- Ask the next person you encounter, what is the best book they’ve read, and why they enjoyed it. Then read it yourself.
- Invite someone outside your immediate circle of friends/peers to coffee.
- Read a magazine that you haven’t read before.
- While waiting for your next flight, ask the people around you what they think of libraries.
- Try something new for the first time – food, craft, author or activity.
- Ask someone outside your immediate circle of influence for their thoughts on your current project.
- When writing your next report, consider how you could make it more visually appealing. Try it (even though you may not actually submit it).
- Ask the weirdest person you know what they’re currently working on. Consider how this could be applied to your work.
- Note the similarities and differences between your job and that of a hairdresser, doctor, software developer and celebrity speaker.
- Keep a journal of your experiences as a customer and rate them on a scale of 1 (awful) to 10 (amazing).
- Ask the next person you meet when they last visited the library and why.
- Ask your best customer what they would change about the library.
- Make the above suggestions a team activity. Share what you’ve learnt from with your team.”
I’d a few that I do:
- watch people in malls
- watch people in airports
- visit toy stores
- watch how people behave in hotel lobbies
- watch how staff behave in hotels – especially at the front desk.
- Check out the descriptions in good restaurant menus thatm drive choice.
Add your’s in the comments.