Tuesday, January 08, 2008

To Resolve or Not To Resolve

2008 has finally arrived and with it many resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, get financially sound, get organized, etc. So many to choose from and often difficult to stick with them once made.

What resolutions do libraries make when a new year arrives? Since my library works with an academic calendar, my year is already half over, so to speak. I needed to be thinking about them back in July. Not exactly my priority at that point. Vacation, Autumn quarter, staying up with the many changes in catalogs and databases, and updating instruction materials tend to consume my time and thoughts.

But it is good for directors, along with staff, to look for ways to improve services, facilities and programming all the time. The many Library 2.0 tools will help libraries implement some new features. I, for one, have delved into creating subject bookmarks in del.icio.us and will soon post it to my library website. For me (being such a low-tech person), that is a big deal to learn how to do this. RSS feeds and IM are two other tools I am looking at.

I already started my new year off right by hiring an additional staff person, which is exciting because my library has only had two full-time staff members since it opened in 1968. Also, I ordered new casual furniture for my library, which arrived over the holidays, and now hope the students will notice it with an open house I have scheduled in January. I often try small things to add to or improve our library in some way and make it more attractive to the students.

Our library consortium, OhioLINK, is celebrating its' 15th anniversary this year. Member libraries are encouraged to host events, activities and generally publicize this momentous occasion. So I am going to show off OhioLINK with its many great resources at the open house, too. Providing cake and drinks will probably not hurt, either.

So my resolution right now? Get going and get the publicity out about my open house, the OhioLINK celebration and our new subject links page.

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