I’ve written about change before. We all encounter change daily—in our personal lives, at work, and libraries are no different. I think we can all use advice on dealing with change. And those of you who lead organizations or groups can no doubt use advice on helping others to make changes with you. Changing Something? Start it Right offers that excellent advice for you.
I especially like the Reasons Not to Change graphic, and this quote: “It’s your idea. But ownership by others comes through being allowed to use one’s own ideas for the implementation.” You have to help them overcome all of those reasons not to change, and come to endorse the change, as if the idea were their own.
Starting a new job isn’t exactly easy. But, you can find some tips to help make those days less difficult in How to Appear Like You Got it Together (When You Feel Like a Wreck). Even if you’re not starting a new job, there’s good tips here for anytime you’re feeling over your head.
So, with today being our 25th wedding anniversary, I am thinking about celebrations. Which makes me think about creative use of library spaces. I’ve been hearing and reading more and more about weddings and other celebrations in libraries, and I know of at least two couples who have gotten married in libraries. We are both librarians, but it never occurred to us to get married in one. I think it’s a great idea!
Do you worry about people downloading illegally at your library? Have you heard of libraries getting fined because someone has downloaded something illegally? Do you use filters to keep users from certain sites where they might download something illegally?
Okay, here’s the really important thing: “because of a provision in the copyright law, third parties (like the library) cannot be held liable for the actions of their users.” So, if you do get served with a cease and desist notice, don’t pay that fine! Instead, point to your liability protection under the copyright law.
Read My Conversation With a Copyright Troller to learn more.
Carrie Russell, ALA Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), knows what she’s talking about. I’ve heard her speak and she is probably one of the foremost authorities on copyright, and she speaks and writes in ways the rest of us can understand.
So, you know I support libraries. All libraries, of all kinds. But you also know, today’s libraries are not your mama’s libraries. Or if they are, they probably aren’t doing well, or aren’t well-supported.
Libraries, like people, animals, cultures, and worlds must evolve and change, or die. Maybe a slow death, but die nonetheless. Don’t let this happen to your library.
There are many many (many!) stories, articles, videos, and books you can read or watch or listen to about the changing roles of libraries. Here’s one:
Libraries Choice: Change or Fade Into Oblivion (USA Today)
So tell me: how is your library meeting this challenge?
Well, boys and girls, it’s nearing the end of August, and although most people would say it’s “warm,” I say it’s hot. I am not tied to a school year, and in fact, since I’m retired, I’m not really tied to any kind of “calendar.” Still, late August gets me thinking about summer ending and getting “back”. . . to what, I’m not sure.
If you’re in a school or academic setting, how is your library preparing for the new school year? If you’re in a public library, you’re probably experiencing the transition from summer reading programs and events to a focus more on school year programs and focus for youth.
However you’re spending these last days of August, enjoy and celebrate them. For those of us in the Midwest, it means my favorite season, autumn, is not far behind. And that is something to celebrate!