This is a personal blog. As the saying goes these days, I write for an audience of one. I’m on the fence about sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, powered as they are by community content, sending people to my site while simultaneously blocking non-subscribers. I’m toying more and more with blocking incoming traffic from web publishers that have walled gardens.
When we describe to decision makers what law librarians do, it hopefully involves metrics. The measurements can show activity but, on their own, they invite comparisons that may not be accurate. In particular, I tend to think that measuring reference activity often lacks the context of capacity.
WordPress is a great content management system. I’ve used it for document management, as a brochure site for organizations I work with, for ebooks, and for this blog. I’ve recently turned on Automattic’s TwentySeventeen theme and ran into some presentation challenges. In hindsight, it made me realize – again – that you should populate some elements of WordPress posts even if you aren’t using them.
You might call it the voice of experience. Actually, it’s the voice of inexperience. When I started blogging on WordPress in 2012, I’d been blogging on a different platform prior to that. Some of the things you want to do when adding content – setting categories, adding tags – are obvious and universal.
I think out loud a lot about library value but a second topic dear to my heart is service friction: what can we do to make access to services and information as frictionless as possible. Library card renewal is one of those things that you think we’d have mastered, but a recent experience contrasted two public libraries’ renewal process. One was great. And one wasn’t. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Library Cards”
A quick web search will retrieve stories about how spending on luxury services and product continued despite the recent recession. We talk a lot about naming ourselves and our places in law libraries. This isn’t really a post about naming, although that comes into it. More broadly, I wonder how a law library can become a prestige brand to act as a keel against funding crises and other foul weather. Continue reading “Find the Prestige of a Law Library”