Author Archives: robinna

the future of libraries – community spaces for the community

Librarians are “part wizard, part genius, part explorer. The work they do everyday changes people’s lives.” YES. I do think she gets to the heart of the transition for libraries and this article speaks to that issue http://narrative.ly/long-live-the-book/what-is-a-library/ So what is the treehouse for academia? Building a space for learning and knowledge, creation and collaboration; however, we can’t forget that libraries are archives of culture ...

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Outdated work practices and transportation nightmares: thoughts on snowjam leon

I’ve been thinking about the Jan. snowstorm for a while. The problems are numerous: a lack of transportation options, a commuter city, poor planning, unpredictable weather (hee!)… well, the options for where to point fingers are numerous! As an IT worker who knows lots of other IT and technology workers, I am always surprised by how many of us have 8-5, M-F, jobs in an ...

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Fixed thinking vs. fluid – creativity, problemsolving, and technology

I found this article fascinating as I am definitely not of a fixed mindset. 🙂 I have been berated more than once by fixed mindset people and colleagues who question why “I’m not happy” (I am usually but they see my inability to be static as unhappiness or being unsatisfied – I’m neither but I am quest oriented). I think this ties in directly with ...

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Accountability, leadership, and how to develop your organizational culture

A really interesting read on the relationship between accountability, leadership and the impact on organizational culture. Short answer: if you want to change organizational culture, it has to start at the top.  ” When someone like Governor Chris Christie stands up and says “I’m responsible because it happened on my watch” the public often gets the sense that the speaker is being disingenuous and the ...

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Stressed: Organize your life and de-stress !

For librarians, stress comes from many sources: building renovations and other changes in physical spaces; interactions with colleagues; changes and problems with technology and systems; new or outdated policies and procedures; more demanding workplaces; multitasking; institutional culture; and family, health, and life situations. Even managing stress can itself be a stressor. Stress not only impacts productivity and morale, but getting out from under the avalanche ...

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