Archive for August, 2007

Barriers to new ideas

Posted on August 18, 2007. Filed under: administration, barriers, ideas, library |

September 18th, Gina Millsap, Executive Director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and I will be presenting a SirsiDynix Webinar titled, “Dump the Org Chart – Get ‘er Done!”  My part of this presentation is to look at barriers to implementing new ideas and to offer some suggestions about how to work around those barriers.  I would really like to hear from others about their experiences in this area.  What barriers have you faced as you put forth new ideas, or what problems do you face when new ideas are presented to you?  Your personal stories will help make this a realistic presentation.  I will not share names or institutions, but may use some of the problems as I prepare my presentation.  If you don’t want to blog them, please send them to me at  Thank you for your help.

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A new perspective for me

Posted on August 2, 2007. Filed under: administration, library, Library 2.0 |

I’ve been commenting on a post on Library Geek Woes.  The original topic is interesting, but what I’ve found most revealing is something that emerged during the string.  One of the needs for Laura was the opportunity to have the social experience and to validate or confirm experiences or opinions with peers. 


I found this aspect very interesting, because I would not have considered the social experience as a part of feedback or communicating with the public.  I would have just considered this on an individual basis. 


This is an interesting change in thought, which I doubt if the average administrator will intuitively understand as a need.  It has not been part of our typically worldview.  I would appreciate hearing from others about this. 

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Print on Demand

Posted on August 1, 2007. Filed under: access, collections, Library 2.0 |

Related to my last post, a timely article: NY Public is doing the print on demand for books.  While early in the program, this is certainly an interesting trend to watch.  Does this mean that libraries and bookstores merge at some point?  There are titles that I want to own, but I read many books that I don’t really want on my shelves at home.  In my mind, collection development based upon random requests from the public can lead to an interesting collection.  It may better reflect the needs of our local community.   So if the customer wants a book, but doesn’t want to own it; we check our shelves.  They can check out the copy we own, or we can print them a “library-owned” copy from the machine and when they return it, it goes on the shelves.   This is something I want to watch.  It has very exciting potential, but can indicate some major changes in how we think about things.

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