The great brick wall of the institution – thing 8

I can see that google calendars have a lot of potential as a way to improve a library service. I was particularly impressed by the way some libraries have incorporated them into their website as a way to highlight upcoming events, and by those who have got them synced up with overdue notices to create personalised calendars. However, this is something that inevitably comes up against the brick wall of The Institution. Working in a school library, we have to tie in our publicity with that of the school, so we can’t do something like this unless the whole school decides to do it. I know some of the examples come from libraries working within institutions such as Cambridge University – but I feel that in that sort of an organisation, the library is independent enough of other departments that it doesn’t need to get permission to do its publicity in a different way. Or maybe, in reality, it’s that in my workplace there is such as concern to promote externally of the school, that we in the library find ourselves getting a bit distracted from what we could do to promote ourselves within the school. Google calendars would be a much better way to do that, but I can’t see it happening in the near future. It is a good tool though, so it’s something that I’m going to put on my “Sometime Maybe” list. As in, once we get a library website that operates outside the school internet template…

Incidentally, if you don’t have a Sometime Maybe list I highly recommend creating one – it’s something I’ve taken from Getting Things Done and found really useful. It could be in Evernote, an email folder, or an envelope folder you put drawings into. It’s a place to put things that you think are good ideas, but have no idea when you’d have time to do anything about them, and don’t have a specific deadline. That way, you can stop running them through the back of your mind in case you forget them, and when you feel like starting something new you have a whole folder of ideas to look at!


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Children's/teen librarian working in an international school in Thailand.
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