Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Evaluation Season

It's that time of year when performance evaluations are written. I don't know about anyone else but I sometimes struggle with writing both my own self-evaluation and the evaluations for my staff. I'm always looking for better ways, different words/phrases, to create these documents.

 I think this is a useful article on how to write one for someone you supervise: Writing a Good Performance Review at Business News Daily

 Here's a useful article for writing your own: How to Write Your Own Performance Review from the American Management Association.

Or try this one:
Six steps to completing a great self-appraisal at TalentSpace.

And best of all, here's a list of useful phrases!  100 Useful Phrases for Performance Reviews at TinyPulse

 And remember, when in doubt Google it. Of course there are lots of books on these topics and I have found that when I'm really stuck I go upstairs and browse the Manager/Supervisor section HF for inspiration.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Session: Turning web traffic into foot traffic

Conversion
Visitor A  -----Customer B
Measure foot traffic

Click through rates from newsletter
Customer Journey map
Know the journey

What steps user needs to take
Where are they getting hung-up?

Work backwards

Web site what are they clicking on, then what, then at what point should they come to the library and what’s stopping them?

Foot traffic = why motivate them to come in

Place a hold – pick up a hold
Hours
Program

Visit                                                       Holds picked up
Holds                                                     Holds placed
Authenticate                                     Sign on click thru
Select                                                    place hold click thru
Search                                                  keyword results
Homepage                                          bounce rate
Direct                    Google                 refer google analytic

You can’t manage what you can’t measure

Advanced Class:
Dash,     Echo,     Fresh
                Hold – no funnel
Price does not equal Cost

Friction is costly

What would success look like?

2 strategies
1.       Reduce steps (shorten the funnel)
2.       Expand the top of funnel (reasons to visit library)

Reno NV (?)


Amazon -> shows library results???

Session: Auditing & Replacing Library Signage

Signs are living documents

Signage
Communicates
Promotes                            (promotional)
Provides direction            (directional)
Describes policies             (informational)

Bad signage
Too many
Poor placement
Inconsistent design (= confusing)
Punitive
Too much text
Clutter
Handwritten
Tape

Must have a controlled thesaurus for signage

Signs:
1.       In house (DIY)
2.       Permanent (institutional)
3.       Temporary (i.e. out of order)
4.       External (for the public)

Get buy-in from Dean to remove
                Outdated
                Punitive
                Text heavy
                Hand written

People are not going up to a sign to read the fine print

Literature says san serif for readability

Assessment = survey the employees for prefereed font, size, language

Buy in can be challenging

“24x36” no more than 5 words with real photos

Students feel offended by passive aggressive signage

Create design templates
Track location of signs
Be mindful of placement
Remove ½ the signs
Avoid glare (laminating)
No all caps
Co-brand & depart name

Bump points or touch points for signs
                Where decision points such as elevator or top of stairs

Used a red border onpolicy signs

Signs… the library is not a parking lot

Silent study (that’s all the sign says)

ADA: avoid glare, embrace contrast

Respect sign/campaign, not code of contact that looked like constitution

Signs on easels or holders not on walls, furniture
No fancy fonts
No posting on doors & walls
No visible tape

Signage Policy (LMAO) ACRL

1-2 people designated signage team. Get buy in if possible, at least from Dean

Data for buy-in/focus groups
Enforce policies or don’t have them.

Weekly signage stroll

Markaaronpolger.wix.com/hello

Session: Assessing Transformative Programming

Forget gate count

Facebook to geolocate people around the building

Loyola programs:
·         Haunted library – theater arts do it – storytelling
·         Story time for ELC equivalent
·         Therapy dogs
·         Art workshops
·         Speaker series (banned books)
·         Opening receptions for exhibitions
·         Faculty Pub Night
o   Call for proposals
o   9 faculty present
o   With pub food
o   7 years so far

Collaborate with many partners
Plan 5-8 months ahead
Think about assessment
Used to collect paper forms – still do

Word of mouth is best marketing
Reaching out to individual faculty members instead of flyers

1.       Be specific (will learn, change behavior)
2.       Measureable (no more than 2 indicators)
3.       Focus on what participants will do

Blooms taxonomy
Remembering
Understanding
Applying
Analyzing
Evaluating
Creativity
        How do we measure this?

Human library event
·         Learning outcome: participants will recognize and/or demonstrate importance of conversation as a means to addres issues of discrimination, prejudice and stigma
·         Survey to measure outcome
o   Did you learn anything about discrimination, prejudice or stima? If so or if not, what did you learn?

This survey question is a shows a demonstrable change to perception

Long Night Against Procrastination event
8 pm – am

Quiet, structured, comfy
8:00 registration
Study
Breaks
Chair yoga
Pizza
Coffe
Goody bags
Bubble wrap 5 minutes
·         Goal/Learning outcome – feel they made significant progress
·         Assessment
o   Rate elements of programs
o   What did you accomplish
o   What was the best part?

Programming Rubric
1.       Why did you decide to attend?
2.       What did you learn?
3.       Was there anything that surprised you?
4.       Demographic questions
5.       Thank you. To be entered into our drawing for $100 amazon year end card
6.       Join the mailing list

Make a big deal about end of year winner.

Feedback form on chairs at event


Session: Canva 101

Letterspacing (consistent fonts across all channels, cushion size)
Does physical signage too
How it’s done (color coded signage types)
Rules a different color i.e. 15 minute scanner limit

Infographics

Print vinyl stickers
White font on color photo
Transparent color block (blur filter in advanced)

Guided pathways model

Contrast (font & color)

Design school on Canva – tutorials
‘color picker’ browser extension

·         Unsplash.com
High res photos for all uses
·         Whatthefont

Identify font from photo

Session: A Marketing Approach

Digital is one channel not the only one

“Your brand is not your logo. It is all of the associations & projections your customers put on you either with your input or without it” – David Ogilvy

How do people experience you?

Worldes  organized space vs our spaces

Consumer oriented
                “bad library signage”

Clean & Clear
Professional

No one thinks a hoarder is a cutting edge thinker

Consistent signage
End cap displays = more sales

Plannagrams

Plan
Displays
a-c system wide
d branch
e community
f staff communication

standardize
help staff feel smart
help customers

Bags given to customers

Marketing is strategic (first

Vinyl signage

Get rid of little flyers
Handout one piece (calendar)

Black = chic

Wordmark = chic?

Geek chic
One click away campaign
Feature content no vendor


Hurting us from reputation perspective – need use style guide

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Session: Positioning your Library Marketing for Success

Positioning your Library Marketing for Success

Cake not just icing

5 keys to library marketing success

1. Make marketing part of the strategy
  - not just 'can you make a flyer'
2. Set clear goals from the beginning
  - metrics and how will you define success of campaign
3. Support from the top is critical
  - seat at the table of leadership group, autonomy able to say no or yes to projects
4. Understand your audience
 - where does audience live, where do they get their information, opt in listserv
5. Understand the tools
 - start with a press release, define scope of the project in the press release

Examples of successful campaigns

A. Open House
Objectives: increase attendance, reduce library anxiety, show resources
$3000 happy video, happy tshirt give away

B. Blue Crew
Objective: increase reference statistics
To begin gather front line staff.
Customer service training, how we might portray them as a group to engage students, branded themselves as blue crew, library purchase shirts (a variety of styles and type) improved visibility and service point
Branded all services, chat, reference etc with blue crew
1 year campaign but they are still using the brand

Set metric from the beginning. Their goal was a 40% increase in statistics.  They achieved a 48% increase.

C. UndeadTech
Campaign for 2 weeks to find cables to get info off dead devices
Prepared staff to answer questions
Facebook ad

D. GRRM comes to Texas A&M
George R.R.Martin
Deeper than swords
Press release, invitation, dinner for 80 people at $400 each which raised money for campaign
Dinner included reception
Standard free lecture
Book signing
HBO actually helped and pre-screened an episode

E. Virtual Exhibit: Gebhardt Company Archive in Special Collections
Who is this for?
What are we hoping to get out of this campaign
How do we engage them

For foodies, donors

virtual exhibit, both in spanish and english, visually engaging, light on reading, bordering on edutainment, little metadata, guestbook, pinterest board.
http://webapp.lib.utsa.edu/Gebhardt/

What didn't work:
A. Embedded Peer Coaches
Office hours in library for peer tutoring
A case of 'make us a flyer'
needed to do more research prior to launching service

 -----

1. Advocate for seat at the table
2. Take the time to gather baseline data (set clear goals)
3. Make case with data & proven success
4. Do your audience research (10 people minimum)
5. Find tools audience use the most

Session: Libraries Learn from Ad Agencies

Libraries Learn from Ad Agencies
Spenser Thompson

Marketing - Sales - Fundraising ... connect the messages

"We are going to be campus/community focused and have spectacular marketing meetings"!

"Marketing makes money for a company by turning more strangers into champions"
i.e. Apple users or Trekkies

* Marketing helps get people to the next step of their journey
* Great marketing is community focused no services focused. Fall in love with the User

Create and use personas to better understand your audience.  Social Sarah or Techie Tom
What kind of car does your audience drive?  Office park dad, soccer mom, millennial max. 

Marketing is Drama Driven not just data driven

A brand is ONE idea, no 'me too'

Examples:  Life  or Success or Trust. Showed the Life marketing campaign image for a public library.

Always be closing

Ask in meeting
What is the problem and how can marketing solve it?
What is it trying to achieve?
Narrowed focus enough?
What is library route?
What does person in charge of audience think?
What community?
We're tired of campaign but are users?  (don't rotate to a new one too quickly)
Do not compose slogans

Push back at meetings

Who are the ten people who need to be aware.  Don't do awareness campaigns

Don't crowd the message

Who are we talking to?  Why do they care?

Hubspot

Business goal would be funding librarians
Value the librarians

Libhub
Yelp (quiet place to study)
Foogle

We are not a book warehouse

5 things monkeys do
Chat
See themselves
Contact us
Like & Follow
Subscribe (create listserv notices for activities/events/information

Follow users to see what they are interested in

To vendors.  How are you going to help librarians succeed with your product?

Be old fashioned. Get out and hustle

Create bonds early in the relationship (high school? or at least freshmen)

Service strategy
Focus on community
Harmonize marketing sales fundraising
Passionate leaders
Marketing - good business
Marketing is also ears
Love the audience

marketinglibraries.com





Session: Market Research: Make it Better

Market Research: Make it Better

Good surveys can be very helpful

1. Who is gong to be surveyed?
2. How will the survey be conducted. There are pros and cons for each methodology:
  a. telephone
  b. mail
  c. online
  d. in person
3. Recruit respondents, lawn signs, postcards

Some questions reworded for better results:

1. About how many times have you visited the library in the past 12 months?  If you aren't sure, give us your best guess.
____ times

2. How often do you use the following service, select all that apply

Include null options such as no answer, or no opinion

Keynote by John Hayden

Library Marketing and Communication Conference
Keynote by John Hayden
From interruption to invitation

What is the product we're offering?

Marketing job description:
Not just to get the word out but to distribute information, get other people to get the word out.

"Would *I* really share this?"

Listen first before marketing
Demographic information is just not that helpful.
Instead create personas.

Who are your people?
What do they care about?
What do they want to do?

Use verbs!
Learn, connect, share

Book: "Facebook marketing for dummies"

Be Useful
* to each audience
* connect people to resources
* connect people to each other
* solve problems
* point the way

Be a conversation starter
Not just update Facebook and walk away, but start conversations.
* conversation - connection
* ask questions
* ask for stories
* ask for opinions
* ask for help
* seek to understand
* use regular themes

Example of doing it right: Cornell birds
* what's your favorite bird? Identify bird? Submit photos.

* use multiple choice questions

Example: waht's your favorite flavor of ice cream, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry

* use true false
* use caption contests

Be a storyteller
* what's the hook
* what's the payoff
* patron is the hero

Example: picture of cute dog with leaf on head (hook) emotional reaction. Patron wants to be part of the story. Ask, connect, grow, shinel. Story of person impacted by library

DO NOT post pictures of:
1. people standing next to each other
2. pictures with no descriptions
3. irrelevant

DO post pictures
1. people in action
2. show relationship
3. show results
4. show problems

Be a Conductor
* all channels playing together (marketing, sales , fundraising)
* editorial calendar is the sheet music (themes, what's the message, how all channels participate in message)
* patrons hate noise but love music

Be a Human Being First
* reply quickly & cheerfully
* listen & have empathy
* have a sense of humor

Welcoming Patrons
#1 Thank them sincerely (Say it better with a video on the thank you page)
#2 Reinforce impact they made (Remove the organization from the thank you)
#3 Ask what they thinK (Follow up with patron surveys, For instance what subjects? Gives some sense of control)

Onboarding
Welcome
Remind
Invite

Bring library to patrons

Live Facebook video
1. don't freak out
2. pick a topic people want to discuss
3. make an outline for your broadcast
4. respond to comments thoughout
5. recycle recording, slice it up and repurpose
 use transcribe.me.com to add to blog

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What Bird Are You?

I asked my library colleagues to take the "What bird are you most like?" Facebook test from Cornell Lab. I then had them fill out a brief survey stating which bird they were, on which side of the the classic division of public or technical services personnel, and whether they were faculty or paraprofessional staff.

The results were all I could hope for.  Of the 35 people working at the library 27 responded to the survey 19 staff and 8 faculty, 16 in public services and 10 technical services with one abstention on the division question.


5 ravens, 4 kestrels, 3 mallards, 2 crows, and 2 magpies.   So what happens when we add the two divisions of Public/Technical services and Faculty/Staff?



Overlap only occurred with three birds

  • Three staff Ravens in Public Services
  • Three staff Mallards in Public Services 
  • Two faculty Crows in Public Services

So why did I do this?  Diversity.  Diversity is more than what you can see when you look at someone. We are all different even when we seem mostly the same.  I'm hoping this opening gambit can lead to a larger and more far-reaching conversation of differences, respect, encouragement, inclusion and yes, diversity.

-- Jenny


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Domes for Libraries

Full disclosure: My father is David South, originator of Monolithic Domes.

I love these dome libraries!!!

The most recent Domed library is the Kasson Public Library in MN. More photos and information about this dome can be found at: http://www.monolithic.org/news-feed/kasson-public-library-opens-its-doors



Another adorable dome library part of an elementary school in the Philippines. http://www.monolithic.org/in-the-media/dry-library-opens-in-philippines


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Clever Collection Concept



One of my friends took this picture of the Lowell Observatory 'vote with your wallet' idea.

I wonder how we could adapt this to the world of libraries...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ready or Not, You're Now a Health Sciences Librarian!

Change,  you never know when it will happen to you.  Change, it's the new normal.  Right?  In the summer of 2015 for a variety of reasons someone needed to step up and help out our Idaho Health Sciences Library. It now consisted of one faculty and one staff person.  Someone needed to help out.  I was just finishing up a year as Faculty Senate co-chair, and two building projects (new carpet on two floors & earthquake bracing for all stacks) so of course, I had time to help out.  The department was moved into my domain and *poof* I was now going to be a health science librarian.  Well, not exactly.

I am not a health science librarian.  However, I can teach. I know how to use the databases to which the library subscribes (though I hadn't ever counted on knowing in any detail those belonging to the health sciences).  And I like learning new things.  What could possibly go wrong?   Innocence and bravado can take you places you never expected to go and I began the year armed with a little knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm.  It worked, at least to a degree.  I was able to teach orientations where faculty wanted me to show the scope of resources available to students.  I was able to teach searching using keywords and subject terms.  I watched a lot of online webinars on the various primary databases such as PubMed, CINAHL, Clinical Key etc.


As the semester wore on the 'intro' workshops finished and new more in-depth ones came on.  These in-depth sessions wanted me to teach topics such as research for Evidence Based Practice and Spanish for the Health Sciences. At this point I turned to the real Health Sciences librarian left at ISU.  Molly.  Molly is an amazing, knowledgeable, energetic librarian who has created a large number of online tutorials to help students learn the very things I needed to teach.  I watched her tutorials. And I rewatched them. I even included some in the various workshops.  I cannot thank Molly enough for her rescue.  Molly's YouTube

I'm still not a health sciences librarian.  I just don't have the depth of subject knowledge required. But I'd like to think that I'm effective of at least getting students started in the right direction with their research.  Interestingly enough I think this work has improved my own research abilities. (How could it not?)