Tips for Managing Your Boss

Tips for Managing Your Boss

I do a lot of training and development for bosses — new bosses, old bosses, happy bosses, ticked-off bosses, bosses who listen and want to get better at their jobs, and … the rest of them. This latter portion is what we’ll call (with a nod to the TV show Lost) “the...
Tell me something NEW about resumes

Tell me something NEW about resumes

For any position, a hiring manager might receive dozens or even hundreds of resumes. Her first job is to weed through them. She makes a separate pile of candidates she might want to learn more about — those lucky few who will get an interview. But she’s likely to...
Can I really write a grant?

Can I really write a grant?

You’ve got a lot of great ideas for new ways you could serve your community, but with tight budgets and even tighter resources, it’s hard to imagine finding the funding to implement them. But even if you can’t stretch your library budget, that doesn’t mean you’re out...
Staff motivation and meetings

Staff motivation and meetings

Sometimes it seems like the more we learn, the more questions we have. In this blog series, I’m going to try to answer some of the many library management questions that come to Demco following their events, webinars and other interactions with library staff. Some...
Put a positive spin on negativity

Put a positive spin on negativity

The most dangerous thing about negativity in the workplace is that it can be catching — unless you are careful. This month’s column answers your questions about how to effectively deal with and survive negative attitudes coming at you from all directions — your...
Successfully embrace change

Successfully embrace change

Someone once said, “It’s easier to ride a horse in the direction it is going.” I often think of that remark when working with libraries that are successfully embracing change. There’s no argument that today’s libraries are no longer stand-alone, quiet, isolationist...