Managing conflict in the intergenerational library workplace

Conflict is inevitable in any workplace, and libraries are no exception. Some of the factors that can cause conflict may be similar within a generational cohort but can vary substantially across age groups. For managers who lead intergenerational teams, an understanding of how different age groups function can help you deal effectively with conflict should it arise.

Source: Managing conflict in the intergenerational library workplace

Get a head start by attending the Library Orientation

  1. Get to know the library’s resources (books, journals, articles, research papers, final year project reports, etc.) and how you can search for them via OneSearch (NTU Library’s discovery layer powered by Primo and Alma). Don’t just limit yourself to using Google Scholar / Google Search. Try out the features of the library’s web discovery layer, and you’ll be surprised by the results that you get. Some of the features include: filtering by format type, limiting to a specific period, emailing, exporting your results to a citation management software such as Endnote and many more.
  2. Join the library tour, and explore the library facilities and services. Be inquisitive and ask questions, lots of them. There are spaces for you to study or even get a cat-nap also exercise on the Eco-Bike while charging your mobile phone. Get to know the library’s resources (books, journals, articles, research papers, final year project reports, etc.) and how you can search for them via OneSearch (NTU Library’s discovery layer powered by Primo and Alma). Don’t just limit yourself to using Google Scholar / Google Search. Try out the features of the library’s web discovery layer, and you’ll be surprised by the results that you get. Some of the features include: filtering by format type, limiting to a specific period, emailing, exporting your results to a citation management software such as Endnote and many more.
  3. If you missed the library orientation, don’t fret. Simple approach the friendly librarians at the Desk and request for one. You can also learn more by scheduling a 1-on-1 session with the librarian. You will get to know the available resources relevant to your area of study, assignments, and projects.
  4. Last but not least, all the best in your education journey.

Give me 5 minutes and I’ll share with you some Project Management Tools

As a librarian, I had managed numerous projects in my line of work. One of the most challenging aspects of project management is juggling project tasks. I had to ensure that these tasks are completed on time within the allocated budget and manpower; especially the critical ones.

I tried out a few project management tools to help me better manage, monitor and track the project tasks. Among them are:

Some are offered for free while you may need to get a few days/weeks of trial period for others. There are a few things to consider when you are choosing the “right” tool. Some of them include:

  • Pricing
  • Number of users in the project team
  • Collaborative features
  • Reporting features
  • Alerts/Reminders
  • Export/Archival features
  • Integration with other cloud tools
  • Mobile devices integration
  • User Friendliness
  • Easy to learn

I am using Trello for my stuff that is to track life/family events and To-Dos and use Basecamp for my office work. Both work well, and there are pros and cons. An important thing to note is that you need to be comfortable in using them and it suits your needs. This criterion may vary from person to person. There’s not a one size fits all solution. Check out these tools, and I’m sure you’ll find one that fulfills your needs.

How To Promote a Library Event on a Small Budget

Effectively managing the budget of the library is an important and continuous task. Any strategies to help promote library services, raise awareness for libraries and attract library visitors at a low cost are enticing for libraries to review and potentially implement. Egor Gerashchenko, chief of Marketing & Development Department, Central Library System of Moscow Region

Source: How To Promote a Library Event on a Small Budget