HuffPo has a great post on why you should be taking your child to the library. It begins with the author of the article talking about using the library as a child and learning to write her name just in order to get her own library card.
She then goes on to list five reasons to use the library as a parent with your child:
- Reading is brain food, and using the library leads to more reading.
- You gain access to more books and other materials than you could buy on your own.
- Your children’s librarian can tell you about books you would otherwise have missed.
- Libraries are not shushing places anymore, they are active and fun.
- A library card teaches responsibility.
I would add a couple more:
- You have access to a variety of free programs for your child to participate in right at their developmental level.
- You can meet other parents with children your age and have impromptu playdates right in the library.
- You can grab books and movies for yourself too!
I just can’t stop giggling at these fifties-style paperback covers converted to library humor. There are things here for everyone who has worked in a library:
Marilyn Nelson: ‘Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible’ – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1orhlAH
Lifehacker is one of my go-to blogs for all sorts of things. They do amazing posts about technology, but also about a wild blend of topics that both help and surprise.
Today they posted an article about Google Drive and how to make it act more like Office or other desktop suites. But beyond that, they go through many features that you may not know about such as add-ons, scripts, and working offline.
This would make a very rich course to offer the public since it is free but also more robust than most users think. Even if you aren’t looking for another technology course to offer, these tips will make your own use of Google Drive a much better experience.
Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin states in his budget proposal that IMLS should be eliminated. As a Wisconsinite I am mortified. Thankfully though ALA has responded to his budget proposal with firm statistics:
In Rep. Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities. Just blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013. The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents. For example, the state reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs at Wisconsin public libraries.
As librarians we are asked all the time about whether there is any real need for libraries in the modern day. I’m old enough to have been a librarian when the Internet came along and we got that same question then. We need to start making sure that our libraries are far more than book repositories, we must be seen as community centers, community builders and locally-focused organizations. We must forge connections, serve as the catalyst for local projects, and be the voice for the forgotten in the community.
Stepping down from the soap box.
Switch & Shift has a great post about Sourcing Creativity. It looks at the artist John Bush and his approach to creativity which is so simple and natural. It makes all of the machinations that we are being told make us creative ring false.
Bush makes several comments in the article:
“The cool ideas are everywhere,” he said. “I just pick something and daydream about what it might be like. You have to let it work you as much as you making it work.”
“The creative part of humor,” John stated, “is to let the viewer fill in the pattern. There would be little to ‘get’ if you made it totally obvious. It needs to pop in the viewer’s mind like the punch line of a joke.”
The author goes on to speak about creativity too and the result is that you will welcome daydreaming into your day and taking chances to find that magic. Very nicely done.
Feedback is one of the most important things you do as a library leader, but it’s also one of those things that many of us avoid if at all possible. It’s all fine and good to give great feedback, write letters of thanks, and celebrate good work. But it’s those other conversations that give us a headache, a churning stomach and lots and lots of pause.
Alison Greene from Ask a Manager (a great management advice blog) shares some feedback advice on The Fast Track. My favorite one is to stop using the compliment sandwich since it fools nobody. More great advice follows!