In a recent College & Research Library News article, Cori Wilhem discusses the benefits and, at times, necessity of cross-training in academic libraries. She concludes: Cross-training saves money while helping employees build their skill sets, and creates cohesion and collaboration between otherwise separate departments. In an outward-facing library, it is often necessary for the front… Read More All-purpose librarian: when does it become exploitative?
As with many small libraries, one of our most persistent and haunting issues is dwindling space. We recently realized that our backlog of donations was practically insurmountable and that we valued the space they were taking up more than the books themselves. So, with a more critical eye than when the donations were first sorted, we… Read More Free books; or how to make 700 books disappear in 24 hours
We’re in the fortunate position to be expanding both our JSTOR and Ebsco holdings. After getting quotes a while back, last week I reached out to each vendor to begin the process of upgrading/adding to our collections. Full disclosure, this is the first time I had been in the position of personally handling expanding electronic… Read More Pay before flipping the switch? JSTOR vs. Ebsco
We have a vendor this week that attempted a bait-and-switch on the library. I won’t name the vendor though. Partly because I’m trying to be nice and partly because I’m not sure if that could get me into legal trouble. It started when I realized that the subscription to this service was about to end… Read More Bait and Switch Vendor
Spoiler alert: we get a captive audience In a previous position where we sent out an email survey to all students, we were lucky to get a 20% response rate. And by “we were lucky”, I mean we usually got closer to a 10% response rate. So low that I felt guilty reporting the results,… Read More How we get a great response rate on student surveys
Since my blog posts about Koha have been the most popular I thought it might be useful to share more Koha resources. To this end I’ve created a Koha SQL reports page where I will post SQL reports that I’ve used and may be helpful to others that need to run detailed reports in their… Read More Koha SQL Reports Added
To what extent should we engage our patrons? This is a questions I think about often because in a library as small as mine, the level of engagement with each patron is often an unavoidable conscious decision. What I mean by that is I notice every patron that comes into the library, and they notice… Read More To “hi” or not to “hi”: how should we engage our patrons?