When Google began its famous 20% rule (employees could spend 20% of their time exploring fun, passionate side projects), the result was a more productive, more creative 80%. Side projects boosted work performance.
There’s been research to back up this phenomenon.
San Francisco State psychology professor Dr. Kevin Eschleman and his colleaguesmeasured the effect of creative hobbies on over 400 employees. In two separate groups—one rated by coworkers and one self-rated—those with a creative hobby were more likely to be helpful, collaborative, and creative with their job performance.
As an added bonus, outside of work those with hobbies felt more relaxed and in control.
Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing.
Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can’t. We can do less with less. Our communities are continually demanding more from us – more formats for content, more space for things like games, meetings, and creating both digital and physical things.
At the same time libraries are also getting less – less financial support, less public opinion support, less consideration, less support and partnership from big publishers and producers, and chosen less often to partner with other organizations and businesses.
There are many ways to address these issues but one of the most important ones is stop saying we can do more with less. Because we can’t. We can do less with less. And until we are honest with ourselves and others we are going to keep getting less. Despite our “smile and make the best of it” attitude the hard truth is that less for us means less for our communities and they deserve more.
Tell Your Story
We are Looking for honest stories about genuine experiences. No need to share your name, but PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR ZIPCODE either with, or in place of, your name. Here are some questions to spark inspiration, but you can share anything about your experience with libraries or librarians.
Share a time when the library:
-Helped you through a difficult situation
-Made you laugh, made you think, made you reconsider
-Provided a needed space
-Taught you something important
-Contributed to your education, empowerment, employment, entrepreneurship or engagement
Or, talk about how your life would be different if your library didn’t exist. Or about how you met someone in the library, or found a job, or learned how to build a robot that folds your laundry. Maybe something as simple as having a place to sit by a sunny window and read in some gosh-darned peace and quiet. It’s your story, and only you can tell it.
At the end of your post, please encourage others to tell their story too. COPY AND PASTE:
Please visit http://living-stories-living-libraries.tumblr.com/submit and share your own story.
Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.”
No big-5 publisher appears to be participating yet, based on my preliminary glance through the test pages.