I don’t really know if library fines work. But I hope that the article Do Library Fines Work? in November 2013 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship will give me some insight. How do people out there feel your patrons respond to fines (or lack-there-of)?
I am a strong believer in the buddy system. I have been a believer since my first trip to the California Academy of Science in elementary school. Now I have to say that having a work buddy is also a good. Work buddies can remind each other about holidays, early time sheet deadlines, help figure out how to use internal computer programs or it’s just nice to have that person who you can ask “Who do I call to fix this?”
If you are in and out of the office a lot a work buddy can help you keep up to speed on changes in the office. My work buddy is my supervisor. Me and my supervisor often work as a team. If I give morning staff assignments I’ll often Cc my supervisor just so he knows why someone is in the stacks for the first 2 hours of their day. It’s also helpful to have someone to help keep track of listserve emails. Boy! Those listserves. We also talk about new policies and procedures. We then work together to implement and reinforce policies and procedures. Tools that I have found handy are Google Drive applications, email, the phone (yes…every now and then a phone conversation is more productive than an electronic one).
If you have a work buddy tell me how you guys work together? What tools do you use.
It has been a while since I did a post but I am happy that this is the first one of the year. If any of you are like me you likely either have a book on you (either a physical one, or a few digital, or an audio book). And if you are like me you may also have a hard time deciding on what to read next. Well, any help that I can get I love. This new YouTube channel (brought to us by the Texas based @archivingaloud) is going to be on my list of places to find inspiration! I hope that we do indeed get to see a new set of reviews each month…especially since one of my NYResolutions was to actually read a book each month. Woot Woot.
Late last November while I was checking out the ALA mid-winter website I stumbled upon the Statement of Appropriate Conduct at ALA Conferences. The title seemed a bit cumbersome (I assume that it will be referenced by a shorter title the more it is discussed) I thought that it was likely something I should read (even though I am not going to this year’s mid-winter conference). I will admit that when I initially read the statement I thought that all of the points were common sense. But at someone who often times thinks about/ helps create policies and discuss appropriate conduct within my own work environment I remembered that most policies come out of a real need to remind people what is expected of them within certain contexts.
So I looked around online to see if I could find out how the statement came together, or at least get a bit more insight into the what it means for ALA Conference participants. Here are a couple of articles that I found insightful.
First check out this November 27th OpEd piece from LibraryJournal. The author only identifies themselves as ”Annoyed Librarian”. I feel like this piece has a lot of the sentiment that many others may have read when they, like me, stumbled upon the ALA document.
In the OpEd piece titled Why ALA Needs a Code of Conduct on the Library Journal website Andromeda Yelton explains why she finds the need for the document (on her personal blog she goes a bit more in-depth into her perspective on peoples’ response to the ALA Statement of Appropriate Conduct).
Here is an an interesting breakdown of the ALA Statement by Matthew Ciszek which might help shed some light one what various parts of the statement mean for conference attendees.
I hope that I will remember to keep up with how people respond to the ALA statement of appropriate conduct. Also, do people know of any other library/archive/information science conferences that have a code of conduct? If so, do you feel that the atmosphere is different at those conferences compared to ALA?
So I have been told by my doctor that exercising will help me recover. Since walking/jogging is free I have decided to start with that. So I strapped on my ice cleats and I am heading out.
California libraries have an extra hurdle to clear when talking to voters. It takes 66.7% of the voters to vote YES for them to win. As a library going out for a renewal of your Parcel Tax – basic funding – you can loose in California with 50% + 1, with 60%, or even 66.6% of the vote! The California Library Association has been working hard to fix that. We’ve talked about SCA-7, the proposed state Constitutional Amendment that would lower the threshold from 66% down to 55% for passage. CLA is lobbying in Sacramento to get SCA-7 passed and out to the voters as a Proposition. When it does, we will be there to help in a new and effective way: