George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Libraries and Imagined Constraints

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take on what they call “the classic objections” – things that libraries say to avoid taking risks or making changes. Why? Joan says it stems from a lack of confidence in their area(s) of expertise, and the dreaded “What if it works?” among other things. Listen and see what you think!

Oh, and here are the classic objections they cite:

  • It will never work
  • We tried that in 1997 and it was a disaster
  • Our patrons/member libraries/board won’t like it
  • It will take too much time
  • We can’t afford it
  • We can’t do it without more staff
  • We need to focus on the basics
  • It means throwing away all the hard work we’ve done
  • You can’t prove it’s any better than what we have
  • This isn’t why I got an MLS

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