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Long Tail Questions about Nonresident Fees

This past week, prompted by continuing research efforts to find ways to respond to budget belt tightening, this series of questions directed to public libraries already charging nonresident fees appeared on CALIX:

1.       How much do you charge?

2.       Is it a one time or annual fee?

3.       When and why did you implement the fee?

4.       How many nonresident patrons did you have before the fee was implemented?  How many do you have now?

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Moving from Guardian to Guide

A recent Tweet from a librarian acquaintance came off sounding and feeling surprisingly old fashioned as it passed along my screen. Her 140-character message in effect asserted that "all librarians want to get folks into the library." Well, no, not so much. Times and technology have changed.

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Finding Truthiness in Numbers

Stephen Colbert's pointed neologism comes to mind as the US Census Bureau enlists increasingly sophisticated data sorts to give us a deeper view of numbers collected during the last decennial census. Not that the Bureau is asserting opinion as fact, but the fact is, statistics, by nature, can provide insight only on matters we think to ask of them.

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Three Ways to Create Better Materials

 

Flyers, handouts, letters. Even in the age of blogs and tweets, there are times when printed materials are the best way to communicate with your library community. Are your materials as effective as they could be?

Before you start creating your next piece of material, ask these three questions:

What’s the purpose of this piece? Is your material meant to transfer information? To call for action, encouraging the reader to do something? To influence or persuade? Your purpose will affect your approach.

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Let the Timid Play!

Infopeople’s Technology Petting Zoo addresses curiosity that can be expressed in groups who are given the opportunity to play with new means of working and communicating. It’s a kind of planned play date for staff as well as for the interested community in the contracting library’s location. Play dates are a great way to regulate information flow. Sometimes, however, it’s the spontaneous play moment that can reach the individual.

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