What Your Manager Wishes You Knew – Part 3

Do you sometimes wonder what you could do to get more administrative support for teen services in your library? There are some relatively simple steps you can take to win friends and influence managers! This is a six-part series that shares some tips from managers that you can integrate into your work life and maybe make some positive changes in your library.

In the first two weeks, I talked about presenting yourself as a professional and about speaking the language. This week I’m going to get even more practical and talk about:

Collecting Data

As I noted last week, teen librarians can sometimes get too focused on the teen point of view: we think it should be obvious that teens need our services, collections, and programs, because they’re important for the teens. But your manager needs to know more than that. Your manager needs to know the value of the services, programs, and collections that the library is providing, and whether the money allocated to teen services is well spent. Continue reading

App of the Week: Boopsie BookCheck

Name:Boopsie BookCheck CCPL mobile

Platform: Android, iPhone,iPad, J2ME, Palm OS, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry.

Cost: Requires access to a library using Boopsie for mobile access.

You may be wondering why the App of the Week is BookCheck, but the actual app link is to the’  CCPL’  (Cuyahoga County Public Library) app.’  I’ve set up the review this way because BookCheck is a new app in a suite of mobile library apps’  powered by Boopsie.’  CCPL in Ohio is the first library to offer the app, which allows patrons to check out library books via their smart phones. Continue reading