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How does a library leader manage him/herself when someone else is the library manager? That was the first part of the question posed to me by a colleague yesterday. How does the leader, in such a position, maintain that internal flame of creativity? How does such a leader lead in practical terms?
Many library staff members who work directly with the public continue to have less than timely understanding of how the World Wide Web is used and can be used, how search engines function, and the roles of software and browser settings in their own and their library computer users’ searching and search results.
A friend of mine, a librarian and lifelong reading enthusiast, shared with me the Excel spreadsheet her newly minted high school graduate niece keeps as a personal book record. Organized from about kindergarten through the present, this spreadsheet is an effective and evocative album closely akin to a well organized collection of snapshots and class pictures of this 18-year-old’s reading experiences–or places she’s gone and documented and remembered across her book life to date.
Almost all of us of a certain age retain some vestige of memory about how we thought and felt about the cultural shift from the tripartate choice among Mr./Mrs./Miss to a slate in which Mr.’s female correlative of “Ms.” Whether it was immediately agreeable, or the answer to a personal and even long held political belief, or vaguely uncomfortable, or even disagreeable in its break with tradition, we learned that a simple change in moniker could–and did and still does–provide for allowances of perceptions unavailable when the term didn’t exist or existed only “out there somewhere else unrela
I have been helping produce Infopeople webinars for several years, and have listened to some great presentations. But something amazing happened recently. This May, San Francisco Public Library’s Karen Strauss and Leah Esguerra presented two webinars on Handling Challenging Situations: What Do I do Now?
When reading about a recent and unhappy event involving a library staff member’s response to the behavior of a library user with Down syndrome, which behavior was already being addressed by her acompanying mother , I recognized an excellent opportunity for library managers and leaders everywhere in the US to have a discussion with staff about aspects of diversity we sometimes neglect to discuss openly. W