8. Working together is your MOST valuable resource --both across whole staff and with other librariesWe use resources-- i.e. the work of others-- to answer questions, and no other resource is better for helping library patrons find their next good read than the work of other libraries. Why? Because no matter how big or small, no matter where they are, all of them are serving library patrons. And, the bigger libraries have more resources to help us help patrons. They have more money and more staff to create resources we can also use to help our readers.
No one is bigger in America than the NYPL. Thankfully, they are very willing to share as much as possible with their patrons, and the world, on their website. But in particular, I am a huge fan of their "Blog Channels" page.
There are over 4 dozen curated blogs available at all times on the Blog Channels page. Some, like "Readers Den" and "Biblio File" are obvious but don't underestimate what you can use to help readers from any or all of these.
For that reason, I have included all of the blog channels for you to explore. The page is worth a bookmark for when you have some down time for both an outside the box RA Service resource and to learn more about larger library issues and even musicals!
Don't worry that your library can never create so much content. Instead focus on Rule 8 and allow NYPL to help you "work together." They are happy to help and we can show our gratitude by using their content to help our readers, wherever they may live.
Explore targeted blog coverage of specific topics, programs and services across the Library.