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On dear staff and flowers and maximizing equipment

For so many reasons it’s nearly impossible to run a library without able staff behind you. They are the folks who make us look good and who allow us to teach and plan and make a difference with learners.

This post is not about this serious issue. It is simply a tip for how to maximize use of library equipment.

I brought flowers in for Casey and Patty today.  Casey, who comes in right after me, found our scissors inadequate for trimming stems.  Here is her far more clever approach.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Anyone who has had the distinct pleasure of knowing Casey Arlen will agree she is the Swiss Army Knife of the library.

  2. I agree 100%. I have the most wonderful library assistant who enables me to do the job I do. She is unflappable and calm.. the kids love her, as she takes the time to get to know them when they come into the library to issue books or find information. Here’s to Sandra!

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