Think Outside the Box!

Just ran across what sounds like an awesome opportunity to get some funding and assistance for doing some creative public programming in your community.  The deadline is fast approaching, so if interested you need to act soon.

Developed and funded by Redbox, and managed by OCLC in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, Outside the Box is an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun entertainment events in their local community. When people connect, communities benefit—and as trusted community anchors, public libraries are central to Outside the Box efforts. This year, up to 20 U.S. communities will participate in Outside the Box, with the local library driving community brainstorming and planning sessions and hosting events.

Read more at Outside the Box: Get Involved! Oh, and that deadline I mentioned?  May 15!



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Projects that Succeed

While I am off dealing with other stuff this week, please enjoy the post 5 Steps to Project Management Nirvana from the Fast Track.  If there’s one thing we have in libraries, it’s lots of projects!

Add your own project management tips in the Comments below.

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What’s Wrong With This Story?

Oh dear.  I have heard the theme of the blog post Kicked Out of the Library (from Pam Librarian) before.  I have to say, I find it sad.

I understand the need for quiet spaces in public libraries.  But I also understand the need to incorporate spaces that allow for collaboration.  It can be hard in small libraries.  But can it be done? You tell me.  Can exceptions be made?

Be sure you understand how and why the story ends the way it does, and what it means for libraries.

We packed up and spent the day at Me & Ollie’s cafe where we sat on couches around a coffee table near an outlet surrounded by the buzz of the cafe. A young woman was reading a book next to us. An older man was typing hurriedly on his laptop on the other side. People were having meetings, drinking coffee, and getting business done. We were welcomed by the staff. They made us tea. And we got our work done.

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“Plays Well With Others”

Better Results? Look For “Plays Well With Others”  is a great post at All Things Workplace. 

Sometimes you can’t improve upon some age-old advice.

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In any field, respect is key.  Respect for those you supervise, those who supervise you, those you serve.  As well as respect for yourself, and your family.

Read The 12 Rules of Respect for some tips on demonstrating respect.

I found it helpful.  I hope you do too.


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On the Edge of Greatness

The Edge Initiative, developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by the Urban Libraries Council, sounds like a great resource to me.  Its goal is to “[help] libraries create a path for the continuous growth and development of their public technology services.”  In addition:

Through an easy to use suite of tools, Edge supports libraries in making strategic decisions and identifying areas for improvement. The Edge Toolkit gives libraries a look into their local data, from operations to partnerships and programming, to assess how their community is using the technology and how best practices can be put into place to align future growth and services with community priorities. It also provides useful resources to package and showcase the data to other community leaders.

You will want to look at the resources, toolkit, and blog to learn more about this project. Try the article How to Get the Edge on Technology Access from American Libraries too.

Get on the edge!


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“Leadership is Pursuit”

The Seven Pursuits of Leadership (on Leadership Freak, based on the book Hacking Leadership by Mike Myatt.)

Learn about six foolish pursuits, seven pursuits of leadership, and more.

Check it out!

stalking tiger

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