libraries are not support systems for staff – Blyberg on “innovation”

We’re going through some growing pains at the Vermont Library Association requiring a lot of email, extended explanations and apologies, and a revisting of what is and is not “normal” for libraries and library associations to do and to know. I’ve been quoting John Blyberg quite a bit.

Some people also just don’t like to step out of their comfort zone. They don’t want to absorb new things. I was on a top technology trends panel at OLA last January when someone asked, “what if we don’t want to learn about all these new technologies?” (paraphrase). I don’t think I was in the mood for hand-holding because my answer was, “it’s your job.” Really. I don’t believe libraries are life support systems for staff. We need to work for our bread. That means that we have so stop bunting and try to knock it out of the park every single time. That takes passion, and too many people in every industry, including libraries, lack it.

a handsome and familiar site for the library association of ireland

One of the things that is a little mysterious to people who are new to blogging is how people you mention on your blog seem to show up in your comments whenever their names come up. Simple, we use Technorati; in WordPress it’s even built into the dashboard of the software. In this fashion, I found the WordPress hosted blog for the Library Association of Ireland. Pretty lovely and professional looking site, don’t you think?