Sunday, September 21, 2014

Change is good!

Here it is folks, after months of hard work and a last super push of 55 hours last week, we will be re-opening one of our locations on Monday with a new RFID sorter, new selfcheck models, new information desk, re-organized public computer space and so much more...

take a look a the nice pictures :
the new hold shelf/selfcheck

the new security gates/entrance:

sorter return, book display:

Beautiful 1st impression:

Self service: return, checkout:

Light footprint, re-configurable info desk:

again, self service area:

new table for the copier:

New layout and chairs for the public PCs:

 Busy corner, new books, DVDS:

Future content creation /maker area:

Quiet Reading area:

Reference, student support:

the view from the back of the room looking at the entrance:

It was a lot of work and I hope it comes together happily tomorrow.

Monday, September 15, 2014


OK, after ruminating on the library leadership topic for a few weeks now, it is evident that my greatest challenge is going to be focus.  ramblin' ain't my name for nothing after all.

No but, here is the thing, I am truly excited about this.  Thinking gets me thinking.  Everything these days seems to spur more thoughts, draw more links and point to one of the many ideas, plans, theories and goals I am trying to nail down.

I am trying to juggle it all but suspect I will have to decide "how" I want to hear all this...  and/or what I want to do about it.

I really want everyone to know more; get more information, for things to be more transparent.  But for that information and transparency to be rooted in UNDERSTANDING.  For us not to just know more but to understand better.  What we do, and each other.

I also want to find a way for all the innovation and change in service to better include administration and management, they need to be brought along for this to ever succeed.  Otherwise we continue to live in 2 camps: Old way, new way, and the powerful people of accounting and human resources too often get left in the old way camp.

Locally, I want to find ways to improve teamwork not by learning more about the theory of teamwork but by improving its practice.  We need new methods of work that apply outside the old org charts and are effective.  People get frustrated with teamwork because it promises so much fun and success but often leave us wondering what went wrong.

And that is just to start...
Focus, focus sylvie ....   yeah right.

Fun Stuff:
I have to pick 3 definitions of Leadership.  I chose these 5 and don't know what to drop...
Later I had to read 3 articles and 2 actually beat a drum that sounded a lot like the 1st 2nd quote below.

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” 
 Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” 

“Great leaders don’t want attention, but they use it.  They use it to unite the tribe and to reinforce its sense of purpose.”
 -Seth Godin, Tribes
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” 
- Winston Churchill

“I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one.” 
 -Calamity Jane
...which if you replace legend with leader, is pretty much dead on.  ;)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

she's baaaaaaaack!

Wow, it's embarrassing to see how long it's been.  I had so much happen in that many months and it is not that it would not have been interesting to muse here about but well, let's not dwell.

I am happy to have a very good reason for very systematic, frequent and dedicated postings in the coming year.  I have been accepted into the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute. (SSLLI)

I am excited about focusing some of the thoughts I have been having on the subject over the years and channeling them into practical applications.

"Talk" to you all soon!
PS:This is me, excited

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Our beautiful mind

... or: Like my daddy used to say: "Use your head"
I used it all last month in my tech-troubleshooting sessions:
This nice TED Talk about babies and learning is very informative.  Most interesting to me is the part where a cute 4 year old boy, goes thru problem solving very naturally.  What is it that makes grown adults look at a dead monitor and not even want to try moving it around a little, jiggle the cables, try a few things to see what happens.  We all should have this kind of freedom to test out what could work.  Just sayin'.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

the years pass but some things stay almost exactly the same.

This is still NOT an authorized blog and in no way shape or form are my employers endorsing any of this.
this statement made on a regular basis since 2005 or 2006 may even be enough to keep me my job should I publish something here that goes viral.

That was the 1st statement in the re-heated post below, followed by my struggles at that time to get staff to share ideas in a blog here at MPOW. 
Again, would you believe that  most of these challenges are still there>  Under different guises but still there, almost the same.   Over 5 years later...

      Monday, April 03, 2006


1st of all, I should reiterate that this is a personal blog. Although it mostly contains work related musings, it is not done in my official capacity. It is not sanctioned by MPOW. Yes, it's true, I am still somewhat a "closet blogger".

See, I am currently trying to get everyone at work to start a staff blog for internal communications. Think librarystuff.
I really thought it would be simpler. Here are a few things that surprised me:

Staff (many) stated their clear disappointment at the thought they would have to user their real names (I thought 1st name only so we know who you are right?). I have also had someone ask me: "so if someone posts something that I judge (her word) inappropriate, and I say so in a comment, will I get flamed for it?" I had to think for a second before reminding her that if she was going to disagree with someone, she had to be ready for others to disagree with her. Now, OK, I get it, I have no idea how difficult it can be for many to speak up since I have never had a problem myself shining a big spotlight on my face, even as I was inserting my big foot in my own mouth often times.

On the other hand, powers that be's 1st idea regarding a staff blog is to "establish standard naming conventions that should include your first name/your department" ... Bless their hearth. As much as I repeated to them over and over that what would be mostly required of them would be to "let go".

I know, I should have known all this was coming, right. Am I kidding myself that it is not unfair to ask folks to identify themselves here? It was not my idea but I don't see it as such a big deal. I just thought this should be about real people discussing real issues hoping to take real actions in the end... And with management, I know, I know, there is an innate need to organize and arrange everything in our business... Hopefully, the discussions will be light enough in the beginning to help everyone relax. Most of our efforts about this work blog has yet been spent on what to name it and what to use for names for participants. I have now spent a lot of my time campaigning to re-focus energies on the PURPOSE of this blog, the BENEFITS for all etc...Let's all talk about "Radical Trust".

So here we go, now we will see how it goes, and I have to divide my posts between here and there, hopefully to soon have the ability to link here from there. My voice is really starting to carry out of the closet anyway.

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