To “hi” or not to “hi”: how should we engage our patrons?

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?

Faculty could take us or leave us

There’s a great Library Journal article by Meredith Schwartz on faculty views of academic libraries that breaks down librarian vs faculty opinion on library services and offers strategies for improvement.  But one particular statistic hit me hard: The majority of faculty feel there’s no need for better communication between librarians and faculty while an overwhelming percentage of… Read More Faculty could take us or leave us

I’d like to brag about our orientation

I feel fortunate that our library is substantially included in our institution’s 3-day orientation weekend for incoming freshmen.  We get a one hour session each day with a new group of students and will, theoretically orient all incoming freshmen.  From what I’ve gathered, many other academic libraries take what they can get in terms of orientation time… Read More I’d like to brag about our orientation