The Eureka! Leadership Institute is a great, six-day intensive program for building new leaders for our libraries. The application process is rigorous, but worth every minute, and Eurekans who come out of the program go on to do interesting and exciting new projects in their libraries. Encourage your staff to apply, or maybe even apply yourself. For more information, and to download the application materials, go to http://eurekaleadership.org/.
Besides, the Institute will be held at the beautiful Dolce Hayes Mansion, right here in the South Bay.
Dolce Hayes Mansion
The Librarian in Black has an illuminating post about some detective work that fellow librarian Ryan Claringbole undertook regarding Overdrive. In a nutshell, Overdrive is limiting e-book catalog options depending on how patrons are authenticated in each library system. It’s in the contract, so they aren’t doing anything wrong, but is it right? Read the whole story here. What do you think about these kinds of practices in our libraries? Do you think libraries have the right to be upset if they sign the contract? Is there another up and coming option to Overdrive?
If you haven’t ever participated in a webinar or in-person engagement with George and Joan before, you really should! They offer smooth, free-thinking presentations on a variety of library related topics. This Wednesday, there is a free webinar at noon, Pacific time on how to support entrepreneurs in your service community. George and Joan bounce ideas off each other, are funny, warm, and thought-provoking. They answer questions thoughtfully, and are ready to be challenged by participants with tough scenarios.
As we all know, even as our budgets go down, libraries are working hard to help their communities recover through job and business support. Learn new techniques to do so with a couple of the best speakers in our field. Check out http://infopeople.org/training/libraries-and-economic-recovery-supporting-entrepreneurs for more information.
George and Joan
The Pew Research Center has announced that they will launch a new study to investigate how the digital age impacts library usage and the users. The story is here.