Changing The Perception Of Librarians [video]

Take five minutes to watch this video.

Which librarians cause the same reaction?

How could we invoke such a response?

Who Killed Librarianship? [video]

Originally posted on Heroes Mingle.

Done

There is done. And then there is done.

The first done is about finishing the assignment you’ve been given and waiting for your boss to tell you what to do next.

The second done is about finishing the assignment you’ve been given and asking yourself ‘What next?’

The first earns your paycheck. The second provides an opportunity.

The First Time

The first time is always the scariest. Every now and again we need a wee nudge or a bit of reassurance to give it a go. Next time you feel this way ask yourself the following two questions.

  1. What is the most amazing thing that could happen if I tried this?
  2. What is the absolute worst thing that could happen if I tried this?

Very rarely will the answer to the second question overshadow the answer to the first.

The Best Time To Start

The best time to start is when the budget is finalised.

The best time to start is when  you are sure it is going to work.

The best time to start is during the semester break.

The best time to start is after you’ve had time to iron out the kinks.

The best time to start is after you have gained more experience.

The best time to start is after you’ve received permission.

The best time to start is when you have enough information to make a decision.

The best time to start is after the team has settled in to their new roles.

The best time to start was last year. But we didn’t start then either.

The second best time to start is right now.

The Reason

The reason libraries exist is that books were the medium of knowledge.

The reason libraries exist is that we believed we could fit the truth of the world into a building.

The reason librarians exist is because they filtered expertise.

The reason librarians exist is they led us to things we didn’t know we were interested in until we were.

There are many reasons. Share yours in the comments.

Make Something Happen

What are you working on right now?

Take a few moments to consider how you could make it remarkable. What can you do to elevate your project above the standards of expectation, and yet still be achievable.

Perhaps you could tweak your presentation, build a prototype, create an audience or invite an outsider into the group.

Make something happen before you go home today. Go!