This post is a part of the Library Thinker Series where we examine some of the larger questions that we struggle with in librarianship and try to come to some insights together.
In the last LTS post there were a lot of enlightening comments. In one thread we got onto the topic of brainstorming and I wanted to carry that idea into this week’s post. In order to begin thinking about the work we do at our library, our director recently prompted us to brainstorm ideas with the question, “if time wasn’t a factor, what would you like to work on?”
Normally time is at a premium for librarians. We have to work reference shifts, teach, go to meetings, etc. But if all those things were taken out of the equation, what is it that you wish you could do?
When I thought about this question, the answer I gave was that I would spend more time learning from and about students. I wish I had time to do focus groups, or conduct usability testing, or sit and observe students’ behaviors. It would be great to ask students about how they use the library and what could be improved. I think we do a decent job paying attention to students and their needs, but I would love to be able to do it in a more thoughtful, structured way.
How about you? The sky is the limit for this question. What would you work on, create, or do if time wasn’t a factor?