Work Like A Patron Day

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= Work Like A Patron Day =
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"Work Like A Patron" Day is a day dedicated to making library staff more aware of what patrons experience when using the library.  On this day, library staff are encouraged to "work like a patron" as possible.  This includes:
 
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"Work Like A Patron" Day is designed to make library staff more aware of what patrons experience when using the library.  On this day, library staff are encouraged to do as much work as possible like a patron.  This includes:
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*entering and leaving the library through the public entrance (not the staff doors)
 
*entering and leaving the library through the public entrance (not the staff doors)
 
*using the public computers to do your work
 
*using the public computers to do your work
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By experiencing the library from the point of view of our patrons, staff can hopefully both improve the services we offer as well as empathize with patron needs and expectations.
 
By experiencing the library from the point of view of our patrons, staff can hopefully both improve the services we offer as well as empathize with patron needs and expectations.
  
==History==
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= History =
 
October 15th, 2008, was chosen to be the first "Work Like A Patron" Day.  This date is 6 months after Library Appreciation Week (in 2008, April 13-18th).  Future WLAP days will always be on the Wednesday of the week 6 months after Library Appreciation Month.
 
October 15th, 2008, was chosen to be the first "Work Like A Patron" Day.  This date is 6 months after Library Appreciation Week (in 2008, April 13-18th).  Future WLAP days will always be on the Wednesday of the week 6 months after Library Appreciation Month.
  
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*[http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2008/10/07/work-like-a-patron-day Swiss Army Librarian's "Work Like A Patron" Day] The original post calling for the creation of WLAP Day.
 
*[http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2008/10/07/work-like-a-patron-day Swiss Army Librarian's "Work Like A Patron" Day] The original post calling for the creation of WLAP Day.
 
*[http://www.walkingpaper.org/647 Walking Paper] Adding additional ideas on how library staff can celebrate WLAP Day.
 
*[http://www.walkingpaper.org/647 Walking Paper] Adding additional ideas on how library staff can celebrate WLAP Day.
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*[http://www.flickr.com/groups/worklikeapatronday Work Like A Patron Day flickr group] Add and share your photos to the WLAP Day flickr group to show your support for patrons and to give other librarians ideas for celebrating WLAP Day in their libraries.

Revision as of 04:51, 12 October 2008

"Work Like A Patron" Day is a day dedicated to making library staff more aware of what patrons experience when using the library. On this day, library staff are encouraged to "work like a patron" as possible. This includes:

  • entering and leaving the library through the public entrance (not the staff doors)
  • using the public computers to do your work
  • using only the patron interface for searching your catalog
  • using the library website to locate information
  • printing using the public printers
  • using the public restrooms
  • reserving public meeting rooms for meetings
  • sitting in the chairs/use the furniture meant for the public
  • paying your library fines (no waiving them the day before!)
  • following all library policies

By experiencing the library from the point of view of our patrons, staff can hopefully both improve the services we offer as well as empathize with patron needs and expectations.

History

October 15th, 2008, was chosen to be the first "Work Like A Patron" Day. This date is 6 months after Library Appreciation Week (in 2008, April 13-18th). Future WLAP days will always be on the Wednesday of the week 6 months after Library Appreciation Month.

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