A polite librarian is a good librarian.
Just another tip for making meetings more effective, and for making yourself more popular with your co-workers as well. At meetings, pick a certain person and automatically contradict everything he says. In the course of your contradiction, be sure to exaggerate the original statement first. Here's an example: Suppose a colleague says, "Maybe we should invite Professor Smith to our next meeting." You speak up and say, "I don't think we should get into the habit of letting faculty make all our decisions for us." Or, if a cohort says something like: "Maybe our University President is unaware of some of our inflationary costs," pipe up immediately and retort, "We shouldn't assume the President is a totally ignorant moron." The more cleverly you exaggerate the original point, the more fun it is. This can become a sort of game in itself, and can keep you entertained through long, boring meetings. What's more, your colleagues are sure to appreciate your wit and creativity.
One or more hours before the meeting, draw straws to see which staff people will be stuck going, and which lucky one stays behind to man the service desk.After the meeting, hold another meeting to update the staff member(s) who didn't go.One or more days later, hold another meeting to update the librarian on the happenings at the staff meeting, and for the librarian to update the staff on the happenings at their meeting that called the librarian away from the first meeting.After a quick phone call from the director to the librarian, hold another meeting so the librian may pass the director's opinions, and formulate a response to be given at the next meeting.
Forget effective, try bearable. Here's a tidbit from our library's sordid past... In response to the Head Librarian's meeting-happy policies, coworkers created staff-meeting-bingo cards filled with said librarians most repeated words or phrases. Why not try this one yourself? It makes an otherwise mindnumbing situation more enjoyable, and also provides incentive to actually pay attention.
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