Thursday, September 21, 2006

Savvy, Demonstrating your technical

Show your library's users that you are a modern, technologically-competent information professional by taking the following actions:
  • Avoid the [enter] key and type your email messages in large, single-block paragraphs
  • Name your files using the first line of your document's text (e.g., As a means of improving.doc)
  • Print handouts for PowerPoint presentations... one-slide per page
  • Double click on web links during presentations
  • Leave the body of your email messages blank and type the entire content of your message in the subject line instead

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ninjas, (Not) Disturbing

If you wander down a hallway and happen upon a fellow librarian pantomiming martial arts moves in his office, it is best not to disturb this person.

Though it may look hilarious, don't laugh. Do your best to sneak away unnoticed and never mention it again. Your coworker may indeed be a ninja armed with throwing stars, a sword, and the ability to rip out your heart with his bare hands. Better to err on the side of caution.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Extreme emails, Sending


Flag all your outgoing email messages with subject lines expressing the importance and urgency of their content through liberal use of capital letters, hyperbole, and exclamation points. Be consistent with your urgency so that everyone will know the importance of everything you do.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Brief, Being

A professional librarian's time is precious. And so is your patrons'. Shorten your library instruction lectures into as few words as possible...
  • Click here. Try different keywords.
Give this lecture and use the time you save to do something productive... like shelf-reading.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Caveman, Going

If your library's Internet connection goes down for the day, it may be necessary to revert to "caveman mode." Throw a computer monitor through the front of the vending machine to get some strawberry Poptarts, club a potential mate over the head with a volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, and try to start a fire in your cubicle using your reading glasses and some brittle items from the special collections department.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mercenary, Being

Put innocuous decision-making meetings to work for you at your library by offering your allegiance on contentious votes in exchange for personal favors.

"Which is the best default search for the library catalog: Keyword or Boolean?" It depends. Perhaps the better question is: "Which default search will get you off the reference desk this weekend?"