Thinking outside of the library: emotional intelligence for all

By Debra Lucas, D’Youville College, New York | Aug 28, 2019

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize and regulate emotions in ourselves and in others. The author presents the ideology that librarians can think out of the box, or library literature, and use EI to manage multiple situations with ingenuity and empathy.

Library entrepreneurship: taking a lesson from business history

By Alvin Hutchinson, Smithsonian Libraries | Aug 27, 2019

Hutchinson article

Current trends indicate the necessity for libraries to develop new services to remain relevant to their parent institutions, many of which may require a more entrepreneurial approach.

Using Twitter to connect with faculty

By Nina Verishagen, Tasha Maddison and Alexandria Delorme, Saskatchewan Polytechnic | Aug 20, 2019


Following a library’s evaluation of their social media efforts, data revealed an interested fact about their Twitter platform. The students weren’t engaging as they expected, but faculty were! Armed with this information, they shifted gears and started making faculty their new target audience.

Webinar: October 10 | Open science roundup: tools for collaborative research and early discovery

With Promita Chatterji, Shirley Decker-Lucke, Wouter Haak, Wim Meester, Matteo Ripamonti, Steve Watson | Aug 13, 2019

In this live webinar, Elsevier product managers will present tools that enable more inclusive, collaborative and transparent research.

Managing conflict in the intergenerational library workplace

Sara Holder, University of Illinois Library, and Amber Lannon, Carleton University | July 29, 2019

Managing conflict in the intergenerational library workplace

Conflict is inevitable in any workplace, and libraries are no exception. Some of the factors that can cause conflict may be similar within a generational cohort but can vary substantially across age groups. For managers who lead intergenerational teams, an understanding of how different age groups function can help you deal effectively with conflict should it arise. 

Engaging with science and technology at the library

Eileen Harrington, University of Maryland Libraries | July 23, 2019

An author's overview of science literacy in the US, issues around retention in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, pubic engagement with science research, and the roles that academic libraries can play in this arena.

Instagram: the new way to connect with students

Nina Verishagen and Hannah Elliott, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library | July 16, 2019


After it became clear that Instagram was making gains in social media with their students, Saskatchewan Polytech began efforts to reinvigorate their dwindling Instagram presence as a way to further student engagement. Read how they have embraced trends and technologies to reach students where they socialize.

Webinar recording: Staying visible, relevant and connected with your research community

With Anna Marie Johnson, Clare Withers, Katherine Stephan | June 17, 2019

Staying visible, relevant and connected with your research community

Reference, subject, liaison, research support, outreach ... these are librarian roles that are constantly evolving. In this recorded webinar, three librarians discuss their research into and experience of learning new skills and launching new services for today's research community.


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Creating social media committees to increase your library's social presence

Nina Verishagen, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library | June 12, 2019

Social media is not a one-person job. The secret to this academic library's success has been to create a social media committee to boost connections with the academic community and connect with students.