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2012 Trends Every Librarian Needs to Know

Thanks to the California State Library's Rush Brandis, many of us received this presentation in email form today. The story told by these new figures, and suggested applications for creating a responsive information future, include an array encompassing health, education and much more besides commerce and entertainment.

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Just Do It

Keeping your community on the move and engaged can't happen if you stick to the planning stages of whatever strategic changes you know are necessary to keep development a reality. Yes, careful planning is important; but there comes a point when "careful" gives way to a kind of scrupulosity that means "stalling." You and/or the library staff may simply be stalled out by fear, rather than by a need for more helpful information or insights.

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Master Speaker Jonathan Reichental

On Sunday, during the coming weekend's 114th California Library Association conference, you get an extra hour sleep (we revert to "standard" time from daylight saving) and the opportunity to hear master speaker Dr. Jonathan Reichental, at 2 pm. Dr. Reichental brings to California librarians that enriching mix of public and private experience, from the world of business and from that of government.

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Apps for Librarian Productivity

Caveat! This post isn't intended as technical review, but one busy librarian's experience!

A few days ago, I received another in a growing line of requests for a list of iPad apps that I find most useful in my workaday life. While the list does, of course, go through the necessary evolution that is part of contemporary tech, maybe sharing a current snapshot list here is in order.

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Why Nations Fail

My mother, who knows about the work I do in libraries around culture change to produce vibrant organizations, sent me an article from the New York Times Magazine online called “Why Some Countries Go Bust” (http://tinyurl.com/79vylps). The article reviews a new book by Turkish M.I.T. professor Daron Acemoglu and his collaborator James Robinson called “Why Nations Fail,” What seems obvious to me is that the principles they present apply not only to nations but to organizations, as well. As the author of the NY Times article says,

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Getting Lost on the Way to Community Service

A popular library rallying cry in these defunded times calls for developing methods  "supporters" can use to advocate for "our" institutions. I see it in the way we want to draw attention to "values" we provide through readers' advisory promotions, collection maintenance directions, and programming targeting youth. We want to demonstrate how thoroughly we learned the marketing lessons we taught ourselves across the past decade.

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