Weekly Links

Return of the links!

Three weeks down at the new job, many more to go! Summer officially kicks off next week (in my library, at least), and it’s about to get CRAZY! Are you ready?

Tapping into empathy. “One of the kindest things you can do for your customers is to take time to really see them.”

Are you suffering from second-hand stress? It’s a thing. Learn how to protect yourself from nearby stress.

Search vs. discovery. I *love* this post from Seth Godin. Libraries should strive to enable the latter.

What enhanced e-books can do for scholarly authors. In my opinion, this is how history can be taught. Read primary sources and look at relevant readings and images alongside the “traditional” text. Why isn’t everyone already doing this? (Besides money.)

The last good-bye: how to shut down a failing product. Because sometimes, you need to stop doing things. And that’s OK. This article is geared toward big services, but it is a useful checklist for projects of any size.

Weekly Links

Return of the links!

Welcome back! Long time, no links. I’ve struggled a lot with my professional and personal identity in the last year, and at the end of the day, I was often out of get-up-and-go. I’m still on the edge between “I’ve got this” and “fake it ’til you make it,” and reviving the blog should help.

Amara. Caption your videos. This has been on that list of things I know I should do yet never did until this week, and in less than an hour, problem solved. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it’s important.

Introducing the Superdesk. I want this for our library. Students and staff working together, defining the different areas, building a community around the desk. Sigh.

Back to the newsroom: A new program lets professors go back to the thick of today’s news work. It would be fabulous to see a similar program for LIS faculty.

Currently. A great idea randomly discovered from an old Firefox bookmark. What’s currently happening for you?

RITA finalists. Watch out, to-read pile!



Communications & Marketing, In the Workplace, User Experience, Weekly Links

Lonely, Lonely Links

Long time, no links (on the blog). These guys would really like to be shared.

I keep watching this video. It’s worth the three minutes.

(Side note: Even my empathy comes with sandwiches. Jimmy John’s cures all.)

What should you stop doing? I bet it’s one of these things.

In not-shocking news for most librarians: Bosses say they want outside of the box thinking until it happens

How To Tell The Story Of Your Idea Using The ‘Value Proposition Hack.’ Does your idea add value? Should it matter? Who cares? This trick will make deep thinking much simpler.

Stop Thinking So Much Like a Damn Librarian. You are not your user. Learn to see through their eyes.

Eight Ways to Stay Calm in the Middle of Chaos. Don’t let a busy period at work destroy you. Librarianship is (almost never) not life or death. Step back from the panic button.

Weekly Links

Great links for librarians, the new weekly (no longer monthly!) edition

After my recent post on wanting to read, write, learn and share more, it’s only fitting that I sneak in a few weeks’ worth of links. About everything.

How to get things done (a flowchart): A simple tool to kick yourself into gear. It’s much easier than you think.

Better meetings: BLUF and the three WHATS: The military knows how to get things done. Two seriously simple approaches to better (and shorter!) meetings.

Don’t let endless meetings derail decision-making: As someone who recently sat through a meeting about meetings about meetings, I beg you. Let’s DO something.

6 things you control that are impacting your job performance: We control more than we think. Helpful in rethinking how I approach my job in a crowded (and sometimes a bit chaotic) office.

Three tips for becoming an energizer: How to go about controlling some of those things from the first link. Set aside the negative energy; strive for a more positive existence in the workplace.

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Great links for librarians, “It’s May?!?” edition

Wow, hello, end of the semester! Here’s what I’ve been reading in between all sorts of craziness.

What’s my brand identity and how do I communicate it? Yes, your library does have a brand, but do you know what it is? This post will walk you through how to identify and leverage your brand.

How to plan when you are already doing it: Story of my social media life.

How to explain your career transition: An interesting take on what most of us do when entering librarianship. Bring your whole history to the table, not just what you’ve done since getting your MLIS. (n.b. Using your prior experience can make amazing things happen in your world. Trust me!)

10 things every customer wants: A summary of recent research on customer behavior. Lots to be learned by libraries in this list.

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Great Links for Librarians, Grabbag Edition

This was a crazy week. My reading was all over the place, as a result, and my apologies as you skip from one thought to another right along with me.

How to act on what you read: Crucial information for us binge readers. Between my to-read pile and my obsessive blog reading, it’s essential I be able to process and use all the information.

Take control of your personal brand: Much more than just your brand, but creating a whole new you for the next step in your career.

How to ask for great advice (and get it!): I had two wonderful networking coffee meetings this week, and this advice is spot on for preparing for and following up on these meetings.

Busy is the new lazy: Much like stress, busyness is not a game. Let’s stop making it one. Maybe we can all finish our work in time for dinner.

Trying to motivate people to change? Reward them.: Beef up your marketing with a clearer answer to “What’s in it for me?”.

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Great Links for Librarians: A Smörgåsbord of Inspiration

This general blah feeling can be unmotivating. Between the beyond-gloomy weather in Philadelphia and the sadness of not being at ACRL 2013, I’m in need of a little pick-me-up. You too? Great. Let’s do this.


Tiger is still not sure about this, but maybe these books and links can change his mind while providing some much needed recharging:

Steal Like an Artist: Short, powerful, and a kick in the butt. This book by Austin Kleon is based on a list of 10 things he wished he had been told when he started in the creative industry. Applicable to any job where innovation and creation happens.

5 Ways to Step Forward When You’re Scared to Death: Kick in the butt, part 2. The tl;dr version is that it’s OK to be scared; it’s not OK to let it stop you. This article helped me through the getting started portion of a major personal professional development plan. You can do [whatever it is that scares you] too!

Being a Librarian … 10 Years On: Joe Hardenbrook shares 10 quick bits of advice from his first 10 years as a librarian. Good advice for newbies and veterans alike.

A Culture of Optimism: I found this post third-hand on Twitter, and then vigorously nodded my head through all of it. I had lunch this week with another newer librarian, and we both struggle with the timbre of our workplace. In addition to being committed to stay optimistic ourselves, we now have some ideas for how to infuse the rest of the building with the same uplifting feelings.

Good Work Isn’t Enough: There’s no shortage of articles about the qualities successful people share, but Cognition takes on the issue as a challenge to check ourselves and our attitudes.

workisnotajob manifesto: “The world is your playground — not your prison.”

What’s inspired you lately?

Weekly Links

Great links for librarians, the post-tournament* edition

*The tournament, in terms of massive time commitment on my part, is considered over once Kansas loses. I’ll still watch, but now from the comfort of my own home.

Now that the NCAA tournament is winding down, I found myself with a lot of reading time this week. Or catching up on the Internet since March 21.

For inspiration during a faux spring week:

Things I Would Tell My Younger Self: On the value of believing in yourself, getting going, and sandwiches. Never underestimate the value of a sandwich.

For better time management:

Why You Never Finish Your To Do Lists at Work and How To Change That: I’m feeling especially motivated by nos. 2 and 3. And before you balk at finishing to-do lists with a lot of variable-effort responsibilities on your plate (ref desk, anyone?), take note: “If your position is one where each day brings lots of unexpected tasks, try leaving one medium and two small tasks blank, in preparation for the last-minute requests from your boss.” Or students and faculty. Same thing, really.

If You’re Always Busy, You May Just Be Procrastinating: Having lots to do (or making lots of things to do) does not equal busy. The “I’m the most stressed and busiest person in the room” game is not one you should aspire to win.

For thinking bigger and better:

How To Think Like An Engineer: This has long been my view on learning to code. It’s a different way of thinking. Master that, and you can apply that thinking strategy to your organization’s toughest challenges. I should add that even a tiny bit of programming know-how will have a positive effect on your working relationships with the coding folks, but the bigger benefits are in the shift in mindset.

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Great links for librarians, or, what I’m doing when I’m not watching basketball

As a Kansas alumna, March Madness is near and dear to my heart and my biggest commitment this time of year, hence the short list this week.

The Most Important Question You’re Forgetting to Ask (The Story of Telling): Librarians, we need to ask this one.

The Smart Creative’s Guide to Dressing for Work (99u): Dress like you mean it. Look put together, and you’ll start to feel it.

And on a less serious note, I’m happy to report that my department now has its own sigil. A little humor goes a long way in getting our major upcoming project off to a good start. Our motto? Rule No. 1: No Dying.