5 1/2 Things I Learned While Writing the Cookbooks (Parts 3 and 4)

Lesson 3: Successful Libraries Ask for Help.

We heard over and over how vital it is to look outside the library for advice, ideas, elbow grease and partnership opportunities. Becky Heil from Dubuque County Library turned to her brother. The John C. Fremont Library in Colorado invited local 16-year-old Jesse Weaver to help set up and administer their ILS, their P.C. reservation software and their teen gaming events. Nichol Lusk from the Banning Library District takes “inspiration field trips” and visits other libraries in the area when she needs fresh ideas. For more stories about sharing ideas and resources, see Ten Examples of Successful Library Collaborative Projects.

Lesson 4: Successful Systems Librarians Get Excited about Numbers.

Michelle Foster from the Boone County Public Library tells us how she used cost projections, charts and persistence to convince her funders that money spent on a telephone notification server would save the library a lot in the long run. Monique Sendze from the Johnson County Library also has a flair for explaining Return on Investment with passion and hard data.

If you missed my earlier posts, check out Part 1 and Part 2.