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Oct 01

Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014)

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM by Brian Herder


Letting Go of Legacy Services

Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014)


Mary Evangeliste and Katherine Furlong

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1220-1

ALA Editions


The last few years have proven beyond any doubt that libraries cannot afford to coast along with the status quo. Just as important as proposing and adding new services is the sometimes unpleasant process of critically examining existing realities and letting go of obsolete or less useful programs. But instead of panicking about budgetary and staffing challenges, libraries can choose a measured, proactive response. The contributors in this practical guidebook take readers step-by-step through approaches they've used at their own institutions, offering models that can be adapted to a wide variety of settings. After reading this book library directors and administrators will have insights into

  • How planned abandonment strategies grounded in assessment-based decision making can allow libraries to focus on what they do best
  • Common sense solutions to "pressure points" common across many different libraries, such as difficulties in dealing with data, communicating to internal and external populations, and the ordinary day-to-day pressures of running a library
  • The first steps towards formulating a plan of action, and ways to make evaluation of services a regular part of organizational culture
  • Analysis of each case study, and suggestions for further exploration

Through examination of these case studies, librarians can develop a framework that helps lead to more structured thinking about what is vitally important for their own library's future.


Oct 01

Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library (2014)

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM by Brian Herder


Useful Usable Desirable

Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library (2014)

Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1226-3

ALA Tech Source



Useful, useable, desirable: like three legs of a stool, if your library is missing the mark on any one of these it’s bound to wobble. Every decision you make affects how people experience your library. In this useful primer, user experience (UX) librarians Schmidt and Etches identify 19 crucial touchpoints such as the library website, email, furniture, parking lot, events, and newsletters. They explain why each is important to your library’s members and offer guidance on how to make improvements. From library administrators to public relations and marketing staff, anyone concerned with how members experience your library will benefit from this book’s
  • Coverage of the eight principles of library UX design, explaining how they can guide you to better serve your library's members
  • Advice on simple, structured ways to evaluate and improve aspects such as physical space, service points, policies and customer service, signage and wayfinding, online presence, and using the library
  • Scorecard system for self evaluation, which includes methods for determining how much time, effort, and skill will be involved in getting optimum performance
Easy to dip into as the need arises, this book points the way towards ensuring that your library is a welcoming space for everyone.
Oct 01

The No-Nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries (2013)

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM by Brian Herder


No Nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries

The No-Nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries (2013)

Barbara Allan

978-1-85604-828-6

Facet Publishing, UK


In order to make an impact with their users, library staff must be well trained and up-to-date. Training is often delivered by library managers, development officers and trainers who may have limited budgets with access to few resources. This accessible guide uses case studies and examples of best practice from public, school, academic, special, and government libraries to help library and information workers deliver excellent training. Aimed at helping experienced trainers, as well as those who are still developing their skills, Allan's book offers guidance on the design and delivery of effective training courses, including:
  • The people side of training
  • Use of technologies to support training practices
  • Different approaches to learning and teaching
  • Planning and designing training
  • Delivering training: face-to-face and blended learning
  • Evaluation of training events and continuous improvement
  • Learning and development in the workplace