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Strategic Portfolio Education for adults 20-35 in Public Libraries

Strategic Portfolio Education for adults 20-35 Part I One of JCL’s central strategic goals is to provide adult programming. Over the years, I think it is reasonable to say that at JCL we have had mixed results when we have provided adult programming. Is it time to rethink our approach to adult programming? Do we …

A post about what we do at our monthly all managers meeting

I thought I would share this post that I created for our internal blog. It outlines the work that their managers do at their monthly meeting. What happens at the All Managers Meeting   The saying “What happens in the All Managers meeting stays in the All Managers meeting” is not true. I thought you …

Can you have both a hierarchical and a flat organizational structure?

Can you have both a hierarchical and a flat organizational structure, or does one preclude the existence of the other? Some of the feedback I have received from staff has pointed out that while I have talked about flattening the organization there are still many decisions that are decided by the normal hierarchical model and …

Skills library schools should be teaching in my opinion

Every so often I get an email asking my advice about what the new batch of library students need to know, and how library schools might change their curriculum. I have included the request below. This is a topic that the cabinet and I often talk about, and I asked for their help in answering …

How do Americans value public libraries in their communities?

I am often asked, “How do Americans value public libraries in their communities?” A recent comprehensive Pew study answers this question. 90% of Americans 16 and older stated in the study that closing a library would have an impact on their lives, 63% classified it as a major impact. To put this into context, 63% …

Library Governance

Library Governance Topic Working as an agency within County Government I. General introduction If I was ever granted three wishes, I think my first wish would be that all public libraries have a standardized organizational structure that was simple, functional and that everyone could understand. I would then, of course, ask for world peace because …

General thoughts on collection development (long version)

The information environment is rapidly changing in so many ways; from how we search to how we expect information to be delivered. Libraries and librarians face many challenges, fortunately there is a wealth of information available to help us understand and meet patron’s ever changing needs. The OCLC 2010 Perceptions of Libraries Report gives us …

Is browsing lost?

This holiday session I was out and about, thinking about buying a book for my brother who was coming down from Michigan to visit. I didn’t know what to get him and thought I would go out to browse around and see what I could find. I wanted this serendipitous discovery moment where I found …

Sex, Drugs and Teen Literature

What do these three things have in common? They are all things that a parent fears their teenager is going to be exposed to. Teen literature has supplanted rock-in-roll and this is understandable, as Lady Ga Ga does not have the same sinister menace as did Black Sabbath or Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. …