Monday, March 15, 2010

This Book is Overdue!

So, I just finished reading Marilyn Johnson's new book, "This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All," (a great read by the way) and I wanted to share this interesting idea with you.  In Johnson's book there is a whole chapter devoted to the New York Public Library (how it works, their interesting patrons, etc) and they had a great idea.  When offering database training to the public, make it interesting (or at least sound interesting!).  Instead of offering a course called, "How to use the Online Databases" they offered one called "Cookery 101."  They taught their patrons how to use the databases, but in the context of something the patron was actually interested in.  Brilliant.
Just something to think about.

P.S. There are a few copies of the book in the system and you can put it on hold here:

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