Alison Green, who is the author of one of my favorite blogs Ask a Manager, has a piece at Daily Worth about what looking through the lens of a manager is like. In the library field, there are many managers promoted from within and for good reason! They know the culture of the institution, understand the community and have a proven track record. But being promoted from within comes with its own challenges and one of the major ones for a new manager can be pushback about how they have changed and even been “brain washed” by becoming part of administration.
I’d suggest that anyone struggling with understanding their manager or anyone who has been promoted to being a manager read this article. It’s a good look at what being a manager is like and why the point of view of managers differs from that of employees.
After reading a list of the best Firefox add-ons that you can’t get on other browsers, I’ve found one that’s a keeper for sure. It is Tree Style Tab and it changes entirely the way that your tabs work in Firefox.
Instead of going across the top of your browser, they appear along the side. You can easily open another tab by pressing the + at the bottom of the list.
Best of all though, they form trees of tabs, so you can easily tell where the new open tabs originated. You can see this in my screenshot under my Gmail inbox. The three offset tabs below that were opened from my Gmail.
To me this is so much more logical and helpful that a right to left tab configuration where they just open next to one another.
If you use Chrome as well as Firefox, you will know that tabs open differently in them. Chrome puts the new tabs at the end of the row, while Firefox puts them next to the tab that originated the new tab. I find that confusing, especially when I have lots of tabs open.
If you tend to open a bunch of tabs at once, this is a plug in that will help you organize things in a different way. Of course, I’m a librarian, so I find this fits right into the way my brain works.
What about you?
Concerned that the emails you sent may be being forwarded without your consent or knowledge? Worried about sending sensitive information via email because it could be read by someone other than the person you sent it to? Ever want to rescind an email that you sent in haste?
Virtru works to make all of this under your control. Working with all of the major email services like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo, Virtru lets you limit whether your email can be forwarded or even if you allow forwarding it lets you track to see where it went. The email can only be opened by the recipient. And best of all, you can recall email back to yourself.
Designed by someone who used to work for the NSA, this email add-on gives you the email controls you’ve always wanted.
The Pew Research Center offers a list of seven surprises about libraries that they discovered in their recent studies.
1. People aged 65 and over are LESS LIKELY to visit a library than younger people.
2. The 10% of Americans who have never used a library still think libraries are good for their communities.
3. Only 4% of Americans are e-book only readers.
4. Readers of both digital and print formats prefer different formats in different situations.
5. Library users are MORE LIKELY to be book buyers and prefer to buy books than to borrow them.
6. There is a majority of people interested in personalized recommendations from their library, despite its impact on privacy.
7. There is no real consensus among Americans on how to handle the changing mix of print and digital collections.
For more data on each of these check out the Pew Research Center site.