Letters after your name …

As a librarian I have become used to having to prove that I do more than stamp books and fine people but it continues to amaze me the ease with which people dismiss our qualifications. For example recently at work they put up photos of all the staff up. The academic staff all had their qualifications after their name. None of the support staff did and the person responsible dismissed our complaint as being “not really an issue”. This did not help. Now, I realise a lot of roles don’t necessarily need qualifications but I do, as do my library colleagues. Our feeling was that by differentiating between us and the academic staff it dismissed us and our professionalism.

This was just one example of where we feel under-valued and we may have reacted more strongly to this because of a general feeling of being under-valued but what did they think we studied for? I think they think we just tidy the shelves all day. It must be noted the academic staff found this omission as odd as we did. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was because like us they  had also had to make conscious decisions to study and train for their chosen profession so they understood. They respect us, value our professionalism and think of us as their equal.

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How to make management interesting for people who aren’t interested …

I’ve got to do a presentation on a course I went on about Moving into Management (without compromising the content of the course which we’re not supposed to share). The problem is most of the audience are probably not even vaguely interested in what I have to say (although actually they might pick up a thing or two).

So how do you make management interesting for people who quite simply aren’t interested?

I’m going to draw on all my teaching skills – interactivity, humour and management bingo.

The other dilemma is not to alienate the people who are actually managing the library. I really want to use the First Break all the Rules 12 questions but will it be treading on toes … How will they feel when I give the staff advice on managing upwards?

I did find some good videos – I’ll put the ones I’m using up later but I couldn’t fit this one in:

Management Wordle

I attended a management course in October which I am reporting back on at our site meeting. I thought a wordle might make a nice addition to the presentation so I put all the words we noted down in and created this:

Wordle: Management

It would appear it is very important to motivate people…