• Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That…

    by  • January 31, 2014 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    By popular demand…

    I gave an Ignite talk at ALA Midwinter last week, doing 20 slides in 5 minutes (15 seconds per slide!) about the things library staff need to STOP doing in order to make time for things that matter more.

    To  summarize: If you don’t have any more time to try something new, then something old has to go.

    This seemed to hit a nerve with a lot of people there, many of whom have since asked me for “my list”. To be clear, I have a mental list of these sorts of things that could go on for a very long time. But here are the ones I touched on in the very short amount of time I had that day:

    1. Stop Micromanaging Circulation. We spend too much time acting as guard dogs and making/enforcing circ rules/procedures.
    2. Hoarding Stuff and Fixing Stuff. Scratched DVDs? Torn books? Boxes of uncataloged materials? THROW THEM OUT. Stop wasting time on them.
    3. Finding Ways to Say NO. If you’ve ever made a sign to inform people of what they can’t do at your library, cut it out & find something better to do.
    4. Killing Trees. Snail mail overdues. Paper Newsletters. Trifold bibliographies. Event flyers. Promo bookmarks. Save the rainforest and your time.
    5. Waiting for Customers. Don’t sit behind a desk playing solitaire while waiting for people to come in. Get off of your butt & out of your building and bring the library to them!

    I have many more suggestions of what library staff might stop doing… what do YOU suggest?

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    2 Responses to Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That…

    1. Opal
      March 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      “Hoarding Stuff and Fixing Stuff. Scratched DVDs? Torn books? Boxes of uncataloged materials? THROW THEM OUT. Stop wasting time on them.” It must be nice to have such a large budget. Our county funding is 8 cents per person per month. Our state funding is 68 cents per year. Put it together and we cannot afford to replace these materials. Our volunteers do a great job repairing materials. Those donations we comb through replace the ratty materials.

    2. Lucinda
      March 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Loved your article!

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