This month, we present Design Thinking for Libraries, a project used by libraries worldwide to redesign their service whilst focusing on the users’ needs. We have talked with Sidsel Bech-Petersen, Head of Innovation and User Involvement at Aarhus Public Libraries, who tells us more about the concept and how libraries can benefit from using it.
“Librarians are doing amazing things as interdisciplinary facilitators, knowledge creators, systems specialists, teachers, and researchers; however, this expertise is not always reflected online. Full online profiles are an effective way to embed yourself in the academic life of your institution and increase opportunities for collaboration with faculty and staff in many disciplines.”
“With many businesses considering how best to keep teams connected when not everyone can be in the same location, we’ve been asked by a number of our customers for recommendations for staying productive and on task. Here are some best practices for fostering collaboration when your teams find themselves working remotely.” (Excerpt from Blogpost).
A library dean will discuss strategies for librarians to guide users to reliable scholarly content, followed by a ScienceDirect product manager who will highligh product innovations and time-saving tips.
The February 2020 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Leading off the issue, Abigail Goben and Robert J. Sandusky discuss the risks and opportunities of “Open data repositories” in this month’s Scholarly Communication column. In the latest edition of our Perspectives on the Fra
“Library technicians play a vital role even in libraries with qualified librarians and teacher-librarians, as well. They perform much of the back-end technical and day-to-day operations of the library, allowing librarians and TLs to focus their efforts on the specific functions of their own roles, such as developing and revising library policy and strategic planning; developing and delivering lessons to students about digital literacy, research, and critical thinking; working with teachers to assist struggling readers; finding and assessing the latest research to assist teachers or school policy makers with their duties; or being involved with curriculum planning to ensure a focus on literacy and information skills.” Excerpt.
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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.