So Long, Farewell

For many reasons, I’ve decided the time has come to discontinue the A Life in Libraries blog.  Please continue to use, and support libraries, of all types. Thank you for spending time with me the last few years.


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Communication is Hard

We all do it every day, so it should be easy. But it’s hard. Or, perhaps I should say, it’s hard to do it well.   mouth

15 Ways to Talk so People Will Listen can help.

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Library Photo of the Month–August 2017

The public library in Monticello, WI is a remodeled funeral home. Drop by sometime, won’t you? IMG_0866


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New to Managing?

Congratulations! You’ve got your first job managing others!


You will probably enjoy it, and be very good at it. But I have to tell you, there are some things you might not have thought of. So here are some tips from Jesse Lyn Stoner to help you start off on the right foot. Good luck!


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Is Your Team Working Together?

Playing and working together

Sometimes as a manager you feel your team isn’t accomplishing as much as it should. The problem can be with one team member.


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Find Your Own Way

Some things that many people say libraries/librarians “should” do may be hold-overs from an earlier time. Others may be things that work in one library/community, but not in another. So you don’t always need to listen when someone tells you “you’re doing it wrong.” You may not be.upset



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Heat Relief

hotWell, it’s July and I just thought I’d remind you once again that your local library is a place you can cool off. Also, a place you can relax, have fun, read, attend interesting programs, etc.

That is all.

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It’s not Easy

If anyone tells you they’re a born leader, don’t believe them!


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What (Who) is the Problem?

If your team or organization is having productivity problems, perhaps the problem is one particular individual. Don’t ignore the problem, and don’t let it slide. It won’t get better without intervention.

Combat the Effects of a Divisive Team Member has some good advice for you. Good luck!

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Library Photo of the Month–July 2017

This month’s library can be found in the historic village of Mineral Point.


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