17 April 2009


Helen Tannenbaum, editor of Flying Solo, the newsletter of the SOLO Librarians Division of the Special Libraries Association, compiled this top ten list from posts on the dsol-sla electronic discussion list. I think it's great for any librarian!

10. Never lose your enthusiasm over purchasing a book truck.
9. Keep track of the things you do, the questions you are asked, etc.
8. Promote yourself and your services--don't be afraid to blow your own horn.
7. Don't be shy about asking the Solos list a question--that's why we're here.
6. Make nice with the following staff: IT people, office management, supplies purchaser, HR, your boss's assistant, mailroom and receptionist (i.e., Everyone).
5. Find small ways to be visible, such as posting notices or comics on a bulletin board, or emailing news items to all of the staff.
4. Hold an "amnesty" day when clients are asked to return "lost" material (even though there really is no penalty).
3. Get to know your patrons and anticipate their needs.
2. Always have treats available in the library.
1. Good luck, have fun, and don't let the turkeys get you down! (Good advice for all of you, not just newbies).

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1 comment:

Vincetastic said...

Hi Judith,
This is a really great top ten list. I think this is great advice for librarians, I know I could have benefited from them as an assistant to our high school's librarian. My mom also has a degree in Library Sciences and I forwarded this post to her. You can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.