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While many of us dutifully read our library blogs and journals, we are often talking to ourselves. What has inspired you lately outside of our own profession? Have you gotten a great programming idea from a sports team? How about picking up on promotional tactics at the grocery store? Or thinking about a new library layout based on a well-designed web site?

Do you actively expose yourself to ideas outside of our field? Are you reading publications other than those in your subject areas? Are you attending classes or events on topics you know nothing about?

Has inspiration ever hit you as you go about your daily life? What were the circumstances? Have you found a way to increase the odds of adding new and creative ideas to your repertoire?

Even more difficult than generating lots of shiny and new creative ideas is the daily work of continuing to improve current offerings. How do you keep some of your most basic library offerings fresh and relevant? Academic librarians: Are you continuing to tweak your information literacy sessions each quarter? Public librarians: Are you reassessing summer reading programs each year? Special librarians: Are you ensuring you are continuing to meet the information needs of your patrons?

Your fellow Illinois librarians want to learn from you. Share the most off-the-wall thing that has inspired you, and how you translated that initial spark into a successful service or offering for your patrons.

Hilary Meyer

Chicago, IL


The displays are no longer dull at the Bloomingdale Public Library since the Adult Services department developed a new approach to displays. The department created a more organized system that assigns display duty to the Adult Services staff on a rotational basis. One of reference librarians is in charge of assigning other staff members to a particular display area on a rotational basis. The librarian produces a chart that covers the next few months and delegates a certain display location area to each staff member. Staff then marks the display’s topic on the schedule so there is no overlap.

In addition to the displays created by staff, community groups and residents are invited to use the display cases to showcase their collections. Submitted by Tim Jarzemsky, Director & Karen Luster, Adult Services Assistant Department Head

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