What They Don’t Teach You in Library School by Elisabeth Doucett

[AN: All notes are taken verbatim from the book. I claim no rights to them.]

What They Don’t Teach You in LibrarySchool by Elisabeth Doucett

  1. pg. 26: Tips for Partnering:
    1. Don’t ever go into a situation thinking “What can I get out of this?”
    2. Keep Records (so you can keep track of people and important info)
    3. When you meet new people, find some way of following up with them after you meet them.
    4. Find a way to follow up in the future.
    5. Don’t be afraid to connect people that you meet through networking.
    6. Pg. 31: Develop an elevator pitch; 30 seconds or less
    7. Pg 32: An elevator pitch is important because it allows for motive examination and being able to articulate those motives.
    8. Pg. 103: Tools Used in a Situational Assessment:
      1. Assessing the Library
      2. # of people through the door
      3. Circulation of materials
      4. # of programs offered and # of participants
  2. Assessing the Library Compared to Other Libraries
    1. Same factors as above, but just comparing them to other libraries
  3. Assessing the Library within the Community
    1. Survey users to gauge general satisfaction
    2. Survey nonusers to find out WHY they do not use the library
    3. Feedback from key stakeholders; public: board of trustees and Friends organization staff; academic: faculty
    4. Library SWOT analysis:
      1. Should be derived from facts and data; not perceived information
      2. If a fact does not fit into Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, or Threat, then it is not important enough for the situation assessment

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