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?
A new quiz has been added to the quizzes page: Guess the Library This was a fun quiz to put together because there are lots of impressive libraries out there. Enjoy!
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
My first reaction when hearing about the first all-digital textbook degree program at the UT Rio Grande Valley was “that sounds like a great thing for the students”. But then I got to thinking about it, and now I’m not so sure. There are three problematic areas of an all etextbook program: cost, usage, and… Read More An all etextbook college program? I’m skeptical.
The internet is awash in quizzes of all types, and admittedly they are hard to resist. I’ve noticed a dearth of library-themed quizzes so I’ve taken a stab at creating personality and knowledge quizzes for librarians. On the new Quizzes page, there are three quizzes to start with and I plan to add more later. The… Read More Quizzes now on the blog!
It’s nearly time to take up inventory again this year (exciting) and start picking at that old scab. Our ILS is Koha, hosted by PTFS and it’s not without it’s issues when it comes to inventory. We’re looking at a new inventory process this year that sort of circumvents some Koha functionality in order to hopefully… Read More Misadventures in Koha: Inventory
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