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At The Futures Conference, Peggy Cadigan and Barbara Cole stayed up all night working up this great powerpoint to capture all the great thoughts and comments that came out of the World Cafe that took place after a great day of presentations!
Take a look here!
(Great use of SlideShare.net too!)
The World Cafe was a chance for everyone to socialize and talk about what we had experienced throughout the day. We were in small groups and talked aabout a question that was posed something like, “If you die 100 years from now what will be different about the world you leave compared to the one you came into?” And one other one I can’t recall right now – help me out someone!
FYI if you look at the pictures, the World Cafe pics are the ones that show lots of glitter and stuff on the tables and tables named after books and/or movies, and all those newsprint papers hanging up with all our doodling, drawing and brainstorming on them! It was fantastic and excellently created, organized and run by Peggy and Barbara! Kudos!
Bob Keith and I gave a new version of our Fantastic Freebies presentation on April 24th at the NJLA Spring Conference. It was our first attempt to cover 15 Freebies in fifty minutes — we usually do this as a 90 minute or 2 hour presentation. Due to schedules, Bob and I did not have time for a complete run through before going live — a little nerve wracking. We incorporated a lot more screen shots than we normally do and limited the number of live demos and the presentation came in at 47 minutes, so we even had 3 minutes for questions at the end.
Since doing this version of Fantastic Freebies we have found several more possibilities that we will use the next time around to keep it fresh, current and relevant.
A big thanks to Kathy Schalk-Greene, Mount Laurel Library for organizing this program, inviting me to be on it, moderating it, and sharing her great notes with us! -pete
Notes from: “How DO They Do It All? Tips from Effective Library Leaders”
NJLA Conference, April 25, 2006 Sponsored by the NJLA Member Services Committee
A 50 minute program…
Q1: Was there any decision you made or skill you learned early in your career that has served you well?
- Don’t wear a skirt while working at a library with glass floors
- Always ask why
- Never take no for an answer
- Continually challenge yourself
- Be flexible
- Don’t let fear rule you
- If you make a mistake, you don’t die
- Don’t assume that everyone knows less that you do (It’s hard to ask for help if you think you’re perfect)
- Thank people for what they do
Q2: What role does technology play in how you do what you do?
- Help others to understand the interrelated nature of these systems in libraries
- Always learn something new
- I use technology to control and manage my time
- Not an early adopter … finally got a cell phone when I saw the benefit to me.
- Five specific technologies that make my life better:
- GoToMyPC to access my desktop from anywhere
- Yahoo calendar and listservs
- RSS Feeds to scan headlines on 100+ blogs/sites (I use firefox live bookmarks and have just fallen in love with blogbridge.)
- FURL – great for project management, reading lists, general bookmarking and serendipitous discoveries!
- AIM Chat for online meetings .
- (Thought of this one late) Google Desktop–the lifesaving app for the perpetually disorganized. I love you Google Desktop. Don’t ever leave me.
Q3: Do you have a life outside your job? How do you find a balance between your personal and professional lives?
- You don’t find balance on the street like loose change
- Most choices can be revisited later
- Sometimes you can’t help being out of balance
- Always have a sense of proportion
- Have activities outside of work
- Don’t worry about this too much
Q4: How do you foster good communication with your staff?
- You have to model good communication and show a willingness to listen without judgment
- Realize that all communication is good, even “negative” feedback … it’s always better to know.
- Proper response to negative feedback … “Thank you” (props to Pat Wagner for that tip)
- Ask for what you need
- Be fact-based (rather than judgmental) in your speech to others
- Provide options… “where do we go from here?”
- Give others the benefit of the doubt. We’re all passionate and deeply concerned about the health of our libraries.
- Send staff wide emails (even if you’re not sure they check it)
- Communicate in many different ways
- Library has an internal blog (encourage others to make this the default home page)
- Lots of meetings (staff wide, department, librarians, task based)
- Face book of pictures and names of all library staff, trustees, Friends, volunteers (on the blog, in a notebook in the staff room)
- Write a personal blog (Leslie’s is de-mystifying the ALA presidency)
Q5: Do you ever feel overwhelmed? What do you when that happens?
- First, freak out
- Afterwards, get a grip
- Then, prioritize what needs to be done
- And after that identify those things you can do while trying to avoid the things that need to get done
- I generally feel some amount of feeling overwhelmed. I go home more aware of everything that didn’t get done, but I’ve learned to manage this much better
- Have other people in your life who can help keep things in perspective
- Exercise regularly
Q6: What single piece of advice would you give to a librarian at the beginning of their career?
- Learn to communicate well
- Avoid energy vampires
- Be open to new possibilities
- Be willing to change your route
- Conquer your fear, let it go
- Never stop learning