Friday, June 03, 2011

Reference desk, Reinventing the

Libraries should abandon their stuffy old reference desks and seek more creative ways to reach their patrons. Who needs a reference desk when you can have roving librarians wearing “info vests,” riding a “biblio buggy,” or working from a “rolling reference ‘un-desk’”? (Can’t afford a biblio buggy, try the “biblio buggy lite.”)

Ask the readers: How would you reinvent the reference desk at your library?

10 comments:

TetheredLeathered said...

Everyone who asks a question at the Reference Desk will get answers in the form of a QR Code!

http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

Jenny said...

2 weeks ago I staffed the reference desk from home in my pajamas. Libraryh3lp for the win!

Anonymous said...

use the desk area as a mini gym and get a workout while working the desk. use books for weights, do pushups against any flat surface, hold on to library carts for squats and leg lifts. patrons won't mind as long as they get what they need between sets.

Ashley said...
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thehaughtylibrarian said...

I would hire new librarians who actually want to *gasp* help patrons.

Anonymous said...

I would get rid of the desk and get Geoff the robot skeleton from the Craig Ferguson show to replace it. And for back up when his answer of "in your pants" doesn't cut it - an ipad with access to only Skype so they could ask a real library peron.....who could be lounging at home drinking martinis while working.

Anonymous said...

Reinvent the desk as a "search command centre"?

maria c-ham said...

http://cubeme.com/blog/2010/09/16/library-desk-made-of-books/

Anonymous said...

spammy links

Anonymous said...

installing a beer tap