There are many “helping professions:” medicine, nursing, social work, and counseling are just a few. I would add librarianship to the list.
It is important to help those who use our libraries. It is also important to help those who work in our libraries. And finally, it is important to nurture a culture where library staff help each other.
And here’s a post to help you do just that: IDEO’s Culture of Helping. Here are some of the reasons you will want to read it:
- Few things leaders can do are more important than encouraging helping behavior within their organizations.
- Helpfulness must be actively nurtured in organizations, however, because it does not arise automatically among colleagues.