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I've finished reading a book about "bragging" that I think should be required 
reading for librarians----as we enable so many of our professional colleagues to 
"look good" through our services and yet take very little credit for those 
results---or receive very little credit from others.

In a time when we find library services being cut, programs eliminated or 
threatened, and librarians scrambling for ways to show their importance to student 
achievement, I think it's time for some productive "bragging."

SO....what do you do to brag about yourself and your library program?  Besides 
sending out emails, posting things on the web, or highlighting them in your 
newsletters...what other things do you do to "brag!"

Think about the athletic program in your school---the biggest bragger has to be the 
athletic director / coach who is constantly telling the public how great the team 
is and how wonderful S/HE is as a coach.  (That's why coaches make the big 
bucks...they have confidence and they they "sell themselves" to others!)

How PRO-active are you in making others realize the library's importance....YOUR the educational program?  Can you do it without being obnoxious 
(as we might think about those who are braggers on our campus?)  How can you be a 
bragger without alienating others?

It's time to "brag" about let me know what you do to share your 
importance (and your successes) with others?  WE know what you do here, but tell me 
what others know about you.

If you respond to me off-list, I'll post a HIT and share the book title that I'm 
referring to in this email!

Thanks for bragging!


Shonda Brisco, MLIS
US / Technology Librarian
4200 Country Day Lane
Fort Worth Country Day School
Fort Worth, TX
817.732.7718 ext. 339

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly you are doing 
the impossible."
 ~St. Francis of Assisi

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