People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Archives: April 2011

I Rock At Reader’s Advisory

Reader’s advisory is a very nuanced reference skill. While librarians are quick to give suggestions, do they ever consider the actual reading level of the patron? Here is a wonderful resource that assists in matching readers to the books appropriate for their reading level (lexile level) and reading interest.

Are YOU T-Shaped?

As the world watches the evolution of libraries, does anyone consider the backbone of the library; the librarians? As people question the value of libraries, do they consider the value of librarians?  We know we are valuable, but does anyone else?

For librarians to successfully transition into the future and prove their value they must respond to the emerging trends in the work world and become T-shaped professionals.  No, this is not in reference to your body type.

Often used in the IT and HR industries, “T-shaped people are individuals who are experts or specialists in a core skill but also have a broad range of skills in other areas.”  ( They can also be called generalizing specialists, craftspeople, multi-disciplinary developers and cross-functional developers.

Being an information professional will become more of a role and less a title.  Information professionals will become valued for their skills, ideas, abilities and contribution to an organization’s overall mission rather than subject expertise and content knowledge.  That connection is crucial…the information professional isn’t just a nice addition or supplement to the organization but plays a crucial role.

How do we become T-shaped?

  • Focus on skills, especially transferable and cross-functional skills, soft skills
  • FLEXIBILITY is key
  • Adopt a holistic, systems thinking attitude
  • Develop project management skills
  • Incorporate practical, hands-on experience into your professional development

Tips, Tricks & Tools for the New Information Professional

Today, we presented “Tips, Tricks & Tools for the New Information Professional” at the annual SLA@Pratt Skill Share Fair.

We gave a talk at last year’s event as well.

Upcoming Event at Pratt

We’re presenting “Tips, Tricks & Tools for the New Information Professional” at the annual SLA@Pratt Skill Share Fair.

When: Friday, April 15th @ 5pm
Where: Pratt Manhattan Campus, 144 West 14th Street (6th Floor)

Event and RSVP info from the organizers: The Fair will consist of panel discussion from varying realms of the SLA universe, as well as one-on-one speed mentoring sessions by working professionals spanning the spectrum of the special libraries field. Attendees that are not Pratt students or affiliates must RSVP with Aurelia,, to be cleared with security prior to admittance to the event.

P.S. For anyone who stood us up at our Power Hour, this is your chance to redeem yourself 🙂

Now There’s An App For That

This app is too amazing for words.

Just check it out.