I recently watched a great series on Acorn TV, titled “Liberty of London.” It’s about how the iconic British department store, founded in 1875, has been revitalized to broaden its appeal, enhance its image and expand its client base. They didn’t change the store name – it’s a huge asset. But they did a lot of things that change how the store is perceived.
Topics: Knowledge Management
I recently saw a great infographic based on Larry Cooperman’s book, Managing the One-Person Library. It’s a “test” that allows you to assess whether you have the right stuff to operate as a solo librarian (and it can also be used as a recruiting and hiring aid). Please read on for some secrets to effective one-person library management.
Marketing anything is about building relationships. For libraries, making a personal connection is extremely important, because it leads both to advocacy and increased usage of services and products.
Solo librarians may not have the same options as their counterparts in larger organizations when it comes to following all three sticky marketing tenets but they are often uniquely positioned to optimize one of them: make a personal connection.
Ye Olde Reference Interview. It offers an excellent opportunity to practice “Sticky Marketing,” allowing you to meet your users where they are (in this case, in the context of a research project) and to make a personal connection that results in the library being more integrated with employees’ daily workflow.
Attaching the library to regular training sessions - particularly onboarding for new hires - opens up a great marketing channel for the library, while offering important benefits to new employees.
What do you do when you get an unsolicited email about a product, event or service that’s full of exclamation marks or threats of scarcity? I hit delete, and I’m betting you do too.
I recently noticed a statement about Web presence and visibility for public libraries being “potentially the most important development in the library industry since the transition from the card catalog to the Integrated Library System.” It might seem counterintuitive, but the imperative to make content discoverable via Web search engines isn’t limited to public libraries.
Self-promotion is difficult for everyone …well, except the Kardashians. And it can be especially challenging for those of us who aren’t extroverted, or who simply don’t have a knack for it.