I was hired at Information Today, Inc. (then Learned Information, Inc.) partly because of who I knew. A friend told an acquaintance that I was looking for employment, and the acquaintance knew about an opening where she worked. And as they say, the rest is history.
So much of what we do these days is all about connections. The articles from the September/October issue of Marketing Library Services (MLS) and the October issue of The Information Advisor look at different ways to make connections, both in and out of the office.
Where Everybody Knows Your Name and What You're Reading
"Norm!" For 11 years, millions of people tuned in on Thursday nights to hear this name called out at least once during an episode of Cheers, the sitcom set in a Boston bar. While the regulars talked about many topics over their beer mugs, the day's most popular fiction book titles weren't hot discussion points. Fast-forward 20 years to Northbrook, Ill., and a reader services librarian who was determined to demonstrate how bars could be a meeting place for bibliophiles (not just beer lovers) created the basis for "Books on Tap: The Book Group That Meets in a Bar" (MLS, pp. 1-3, 9).
While Leah White, the aforementioned reader services librarian at Northbrook Public Library, didn't originate the concept of book-club-meets-bar, she was smart enough to recognize how a club such as Books...