Recent Submissions

  • Better Meetings by Design

    Hostetler, Marna
    All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and a lack of progress toward organizational goals. As meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects, how can they be more efficient? This session attempts to answer that question by providing a structure for improving morale and enhancing communication, leading to better results. It will also cover the concept of having different types of meetings for different goals. Too often, organizations use a “catch-all” approach to meetings, leaving no one satisfied and slowing progress toward agreed-upon goals. The ideas in this session were tested in an actual library, and the steps taken, feedback, and lessons learned are discussed. This organizational meeting restructure was based on the book "Death by Meeting" by Patrick Lencioni.
  • Better by Design: Making Meetings More Productive

    Hostetler, Marna
    All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and lack of progress on organizational goals. But meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects. Since meetings are a necessity, how can we make them better? I am the library director at a regional comprehensive public university, and I recently completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources. One of the management courses I took covered the topic of meetings, including reading the book Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…about Solving the Most Painful Problems in Business by Patrick Lencioni. Given the importance of meetings – and their well-known challenges—the knowledge gained in this course inspired me to reconfigure my library’s meeting structure.
  • Herman B Wells Library Inventory Dataset, May 2015-December 2018

    Neel, Becca; Michaels, Sherri
    This dataset documents the bibliographic, status, and physical location errors discovered during the May 2015 - December 2018 inventory cycle of the Herman B Wells Library's physical collections. Data was collected and is organized by call number range.
  • Upcycling a Schol Comm Unit: Building Bridges with Creativity, Reallocations, and Limited Resources

    Whiting, Peter; Wright, Andrea M
    Despite limited resources, the nascent Scholarly Communication Unit of the David L. Rice Library has focused on creatively developing the themes of NASIG’s Scholarly Communication Competencies within and outside the library in order to develop scholarly communication services at the University of Southern Indiana. This proceeding describes the creation and development of the unit, its strengths and weaknesses, and some lessons learned in the hopes that more libraries like ours will see scholarly communication work as valuable AND attainable.