Managers, avoid these common pitfalls, and stop stressing over employee reviews.
Gretchen Kaser Author Archive
Gretchen Kaser is employed as the director of the Worth-Pinkham Memorial Library in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. She began her library career in youth services, and other interests include emerging technologies, social media marketing, and statistics. Gretchen is currently reading Orient by Christopher Bollen.
Social media is relatively easy to publish to and free or low-cost, making it genuinely accessible to any type of organization. This ease, however, can come at a price — more and more often we hear stories of businesses dealing with fallout from a poorly thought out post.
Networking: love it or hate it, it’s tough to ignore this facet of the modern career. Many experts tout the importance of making connections in order to further one’s career, but it can be difficult and overwhelming to get started.
Is it ever okay to treat your colleagues like family?
The idea of monthly reports may conjure an image of long blocks of dry text and enough numbers to make your head spin. Equally boring for both the reader and the writer, these serious, lengthy reports often do little to convey your organization’s successes; the more dense they are, the less trustees and other stakeholders are likely to read them. If no one is reading them, is your library’s story really being told?
If you’ve worked in a library for any considerable amount of time, chances are you’ve experienced micromanagement on some level.
Sexual harassment has taken center stage recently, and it’s reached epidemic proportions in public libraries.
Barnes & Noble’s list of reads for the biggest travel day of the year wins big.
Liverpool Central Library proposes weddings as a new revenue stream.
Pew Research Center finds Millennials most likely to use public libraries.
These free and low-cost tools will help your marketing materials shine.
Stuffed animal sleepovers provide the perfect mix of early literacy and fun.
Literature becomes synonymous with fun at reading-themed parties and bars.
A recent episode of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn Show discussed the relevancy of public libraries in today’s world. Through interviews with Wisconsin Library Directors Paula Kiley and Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Dunn examined how libraries are being used by their communities and how this has changed over time.
Online coursework is becoming more prevalent across higher education, and this is especially the case in MLIS programs. When I began working towards my master’s in 2011, online programs were already popular; now, they seem even more ubiquitous. A recent article in Slate, “An Online Education Disconnect” by Rachael Cusick, explores the pros and cons of this type of study, which inspired me to explore my own thoughts as well.