Thinking time

I love this. I’m lucky enough to be ‘allowed’ to have thinking time at MPOW – it’s part of our job and often leads to new and interesting things. It’s not necessarily sitting-still-thinking, it might be an informal discussion over coffee with a colleague gathering ideas, or reading a blog post, or talking about twitter,…

Compromises

How often do we make compromises at work and at home, based on something like this? Principles are good and fine and I believe in them – in principle. I try not to squirm too much when I find myself compromising something I hold to be true in principle – because I also don’t believe…

Gatekeeper or doorjamb?

There probably isn’t an LIS person out there who doesn’t subscribe to Unshelved.  It’s very public-library skewed but for the most part it picks up on stuff that affects us all in libraryland. It’s clever and oh so cynical – I love it. Today’s Unshelved really spoke to me. Sometimes I feel like my role…

Doing a spot of gardening

Weeding. It’s a term all library folk know, even if it’s referred to in different organisations by another term. Such as culling. Or disposing. Or deselecting. Or ‘managing the collection’. You get the idea. For as long as libraries have held books there has been the vexed question of what to do with them as…

Shelving

Yes, this is an uninspiring title for a blog post – but let’s face it, shelving is a pretty uninspiring topic. A few weeks ago there was some discussion on my twitter stream about the use of paper signs in libraries (and probably signage in general as we all know no-one reads them).  I’m here…

Unshelved

A light hearted (but library related) post for a Sunday. My daily chuckle comes into my inbox from the team at Unshelved. If you’ve never looked at their cartoons, can I say I consider you are missing out. There is a recurring theme of cynicism that will ring a bell with many of us in…