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M. Teresa Doherty Head, Circulation and Information Services. James Branch Cabell Library Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia. How Quickly Can Your University Librarian Shelf-Read This Cart?. Thesis.

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M. Teresa DohertyHead, Circulation and Information Services

James Branch Cabell Library

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia


How Quickly Can Your University Librarian Shelf-Read This Cart?


Thesis

“Breaking down hierarchical barriers between library staff through shared social activities promotes stronger interactions and better service to our customers.”


(Translation)

Being able to laugh with your bosses and colleagues at work makes it easier to ask for their help when you need it.


JohnUlmschneiderUniversity Librarian and fearless player of library picnic games

Virginia Commonwealth University


The Challenge

Arrange a group of books into correct Library of Congress order in the quickest time.


Our University Librarian took the challenge

For 3 years now, John U. has tried his hand at the shelf-reading contest during our spring picnic.


Win by sometimes losing

  • Be willing to fail

  • Laugh at yourself

  • Become approachable


Become approachable

If we can laugh with you, we are no longer afraid of you. You become someone we can ask for help.


Other game ideas

  • Photo guessing games

  • Art and engineering contests

  • “How many Xs in the Y?”


Photo Guessing: pets

Challenge: correctly match library staff with their pet photos


Is this a match?


Photo Guessing: toddlers

Challenge: guess who the baby in the photo grew up to be…


Engineering contest

Challenge: build the tallest tower using only marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti


Sculpture contests

Challenge: create sculpture out of bubblegum or Spam


Counting games: How many X’s in the Y?

Keyboard keys

Binder clips

M&Ms

Golf pencils


Shared social activities

  • Team spelling bees

  • Team trivia contests

  • Scavenger hunts

  • “Lunch at the Drive-In”


T-shirts for library geeks

A t-shirt design only a cataloger can understand!


(Translation)

GV1061.18

.L53

U37

2008

= footrace

= for librarians

= Cutter number of race sponsor

= event date


Team VCU Libraries


Other ideas for fun at work

Halloween costumes

Jigsaw puzzles

Magnetic darts

Hatching butterflies


Halloween Costume Contests


Halloween Costume Contests, cont’d


Jigsaw puzzles and magnetic darts


Caterpillars to Butterflies


Summary

Having fun at work encourages library staff to get to know their co-workers better, and to feel comfortable asking for their help when assisting patrons.


Contact me for more :o)

Teresa Doherty

[email protected]

804 828-8658


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