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Collaboration Beats Smarts In Group Problem Solving

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 09/30/2010 - 18:35

You might think a gathering a group of the smartest minds would make for the smartest team. But a new study says that might not always be right. Groups with more females and groups whose members each contributed equally were most successful at completing given tasks.

Full story on NPR (All Things Considered)

A step stool for bookworms

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 11:34

Story in the Kansas City Star

I totally geeked out when I discovered a few years back that the iconic Cramer Kik-Step stool is made right here in Kansas City. Turns out our town really has had a “stool boom,” but much bigger than the one depicted in the fictional Missouri town in Christopher Guest’s funny 1996 film “Waiting for Guffman.”

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Announcing the LISNews Bulletin

Submitted by StephenK on Sun, 04/11/2010 - 09:44
The LISNews Bulletin has just been transmitted to the location of our printing partner closest to the venue of Computers in Libraries 2010. Blake will have 125 copies available to him to distribute at the conference for free. I want to thank our patrons for their generous financial support in allowing the Bulletin to be distributed at no charge. There will be artwork. We've got an excerpt from a Cleveland-area artist's memoirs about life in India in the 1990s.

True Stories from a Book Drop Near You

Submitted by MerryLibrarian on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 17:23

Oct. 25th blog post,

Book drops. It seems simple, doesn’t it? A name like “book drop” doesn’t leave much room for mystery…you’d think.

A recent poll of librarians has proven otherwise, however. Across the nation, patrons of public libraries have confused a book drop with trash receptacles, a donation box, urinals, chicken coops… The list goes on and on.

While we may never understand how or why this confusion occurs, we do know that the result of patron confusion–though sometimes disturbing–is frequently amusing. So, until the government provides libraries with several billion dollars to launch an education campaign on proper book drop use, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with this useful list of book drop dos and don’ts–all based on the true stories that have been sent in from around the world.

1. Situation: You work at a library in the city of Las Vegas, NV. As you approach the book drop, you hear the sound of squawking and scratching.

Don’t…Assume you’re crazy. You may be miles from the nearest farm, but there actually are chickens in your book drop…complete with food and water. Hey, it happens.

Do… Tell your coworkers to fire up the bar-be-que, baby!

2. Situation: Upon opening the book drop, you are pummeled by the stench of garbage. And on top of the rubbish heap in your book drop? A used maxi pad.

Don’t…Toss your cookies into the book drop. You’d only have to clean that up, too.