Social activities bring facultyand staff together to provide     better customer service
M. Teresa DohertyHead, Circulationand InformationServicesJames Branch Cabell LibraryVirginia Commonwealth  UniversityRichm...
Thesis Statement Breaking down hierarchical barriers between library staff through shared social activities promotes stron...
(Translation)  Being able to laugh with your  bosses and colleagues at work  makes it easier to ask for  their help when y...
John UlmschneiderUniversity Librarianand fearless playerof library picnicgamesVirginia Commonwealth  University
Can your universitylibrarian do this?  Picnic game challenge:  arrange a group of books into  correct Library of Congress ...
Anyone can play!             Head of Media and Reserve Services                          Cataloging Staffer               ...
And the winner is…          For 3 years in a row,          the university          librarian did not win.
Picnic Games: photos Photo guessing games, such as “match the photo of the toddler to the library staff member of today” a...
Pet MatchingChallenge: matchthe library stafferto the photo oftheir pet(s).
Who owns who?       ?           ?               ?
Picnic Games: counting  How many X’s in the Y?  (keyboard keys in ajar,  binder clips in a box, pages  in a stack of gift ...
Art and EngineeringChallenge: build atower out ofmarshmallows anduncookedspaghetti
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How Quickly Can Your University Librarian Shelf-read this Cart? Social Activities Bring Faculty and Staff Together

  1. 1. Social activities bring facultyand staff together to provide better customer service
  2. 2. M. Teresa DohertyHead, Circulationand InformationServicesJames Branch Cabell LibraryVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, Virginia
  3. 3. Thesis Statement Breaking down hierarchical barriers between library staff through shared social activities promotes stronger interactions and better service to our customers.
  4. 4. (Translation) Being able to laugh with your bosses and colleagues at work makes it easier to ask for their help when you need it.
  5. 5. John UlmschneiderUniversity Librarianand fearless playerof library picnicgamesVirginia Commonwealth University
  6. 6. Can your universitylibrarian do this? Picnic game challenge: arrange a group of books into correct Library of Congress order in the quickest time.
  7. 7. Anyone can play! Head of Media and Reserve Services Cataloging Staffer Circulation Staffer
  8. 8. And the winner is… For 3 years in a row, the university librarian did not win.
  9. 9. Picnic Games: photos Photo guessing games, such as “match the photo of the toddler to the library staff member of today” and “match the pet to its owner.”
  10. 10. Pet MatchingChallenge: matchthe library stafferto the photo oftheir pet(s).
  11. 11. Who owns who? ? ? ?
  12. 12. Picnic Games: counting How many X’s in the Y? (keyboard keys in ajar, binder clips in a box, pages in a stack of gift books, etc.)
  13. 13. Art and EngineeringChallenge: build atower out ofmarshmallows anduncookedspaghetti

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