Looking At Library Success

Looking At Library Success

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You may own your own library. Or perhaps you run a public library and are looking for inspiration to either make it better or pull more people in. This can be done in many ways, all require some work on your part however. The library is usually one of the central pillars of the local community. Yet over the years, they have understandably become less used. After all, books can be found on kindle for next to nothing these days, and entire books can be downloaded for free from all different websites out there. In essence, you now need to look at the library like a business. It needs to be attractive, clean, and easy, meaning you need to do your best if you want it to succeed. These tips can help put you in the right mind frame, you may have already thought about one or two of them, which is good as you are on the right track, but read on as there are others that could help.

In the first instance, the library needs to be a place that is nice to be in. It should be modern, with space and seating for all. Libraries don’t look like they used to. Go out and check out a few of the ones currently being used around your country, and you’ll see how things have changed. You can buy the necessary items for change bit by bit, or you can consider looking at experts in public library design. You will need funding to do this, so put together a proposal. The first step in ensuring library success is by making it look great. People want to study, read, work in a place that is nice and easy, not somewhere dull, dingy, old and dusty.

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You need to ensure your book rotation is on point too. The newer best sellers should be coming in all the time. In tandem with this, you need to ensure that you have a great book management system. Computers should be set up and ready to tell customers exactly where a certain book is and whether it is in stock or let out. This ease will take pressure off your staff, keep queues down and keep the customers happy. You don’t want old books that are never taken out clogging up shelves that can be used for better things. Send them back if you can. If not, sell them at a discounted rate.

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In this day and age libraries aren’t just used for taking out books. You need to be accessible for all kinds of people to ensure success. Many people use libraries to work from. They are quiet, providing a suitable working environment for academics, writers, etc. You should make sure there are clear cut areas to do this from. Places where silence is needed. You could think about installing more plugs for laptop charging, little things like this make a huge difference to people coming to your library. Think about aspects that make it more attractive. Nicer chairs, coffee machines (not around the books!) or water and plastic cups. If you put your mind into these small touches you will see more people use the library.

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Classical Music: More Influential In Today’s Tunes Than You Think?

Classical Music: More Influential In Today’s Tunes Than You Think?

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It’s pretty obvious that there are dozens of different music genres these days. We all have our personal favorites, and there are artists or groups that we enjoy listening to often. What you might not know about some of those artists or bands is that the music they play in some of their tracks is actually influenced by classical music!

All styles of music feed into each other in some way and many songs take inspiration from classical or operatic music from many years or even centuries ago! Another fact you may not know about today’s tunes is that melodies produced by people such as Mozart and Schubert profoundly influence how we listen to music as well! Intrigued? Keep reading to learn more about this fascinating topic!

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Mozart learned to give the public what they wanted

Back in the day, composers would create musical masterpieces that were usually commissioned by wealthy patrons. These days, artists create music according to the genre that interests them and makes tracks that they think other fans of that genre will also like to hear.

In some ways, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a pioneer of how we listen to music in 2017 – despite his heyday being in the 18th century! At the time, Mozart was one of the few people that started composing music in a simplified format – some of his work involves just four chords!

Schubert perfected the three-minute song

It’s no secret that many of the songs we listen to today only last around three minutes or so. Have you ever wondered where this song length originated from? Believe it or not, you have one Franz Schubert to thank for that.

The Austrian composer was a talented man who wrote an impressive 600+ musical works, many of which were for operas. You can check out his work at some opera on demand streaming services, for example.

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So, why is he cited as the person that created the idea of a three-minute song? Well, he essentially wanted people to hear musical works that anyone could instantly enjoy. As you’ve probably gathered, it is something that has caught on since his day!

The not so hidden ways that classical music still influences us today

When creating new songs, many of today’s songwriters seek inspiration from past hits by other artists.

It’s not uncommon for some of the music we listen to these days to sample a melody or even some lyrics from well-known tracks produced many years ago. Take the hit song “Africa” by Toto released back in 1982. Twenty years later, the intro music got sampled by rapper Xzibit in his song “Heart of Man.”

Of course, 1982 isn’t that long ago, and Toto’s Africa isn’t an example of classical music! But, another rap artist springs to mind that has sampled some centuries-old melodic genius in the form of Beethoven’s Fur Elise! A song by Nas called “I Can” features the beginning of Beethoven’s composition played on a piano by a young child.

Take a look at this website to see some more examples of today’s artists sampling classic music.

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So, whenever you listen to some music, it’s likely to have taken some inspiration from some of history’s greatest classical composers!



 
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Creativity And Business: Balancing The Yin And Yang

Creativity And Business: Balancing The Yin And Yang

There are many people that are staunch believers in that business and the arts do not mix. They are too different and that having a business temperament hampers your creative processes. Likewise, having a sense of creativity in business may make you veer too far off the beaten track. These are both far from the truth, and in fact, one can help the other! So if you are working on developing a business in the creative sector, or you are looking for ways to increase your sense of creativity in running a business, take heed from these pieces of advice.

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Encourage Opinion!

How can you expect anybody to work with a creative flair if they don’t feel they are allowed to express themselves? Good art is all about that, and it is very hard to accomplish. You may reinforce the notion that your employees can express themselves freely, but it doesn’t mean that people will actually do it. The key is to create the best environment for ideas and opinions to flourish. A lot of workers are used to the idea that they could be punished severely if they express an opinion that is too candid, or if you, as the leader of the business, will appear too sensitive to criticism. So the first place to start is with you. Learning to take criticism and ideas that may be a bit too much for you to bear is the first step to getting everyone in the organization to be on side. You will find some people that are too forthcoming with their opinions also, and this is a great thing to encourage. Another way to encourage this would be to have days where people are giving notes. Pixar does a notes day, where people are doing just that, and this may be a way to get people who are not so keen to express their opinions to give honest feedback on the company. It’s a difficult thing to get the ball rolling, but once people feel comfortable in revealing their true opinions, it will improve the company, and it will get people to work together with more zest.

Outsourcing Is Not A Bad Thing

Depending on where your business is in the development stage, outsourcing may be a very necessary thing to do. It all depends on what skill sets you have in your midst. Running a creative company with the type of contacts that may only specialize in the arts means you may be stuck for accountants and IT specialists! There are many IT services for smaller companies that you can call on to help install a basic network and give you advice on what systems are suitable for the type of work you do and if you need any additional programs. For example, accountancy packages or programs to do the back office functions, such as automatic email responses.

There are many who feel that outsourcing is something that detracts from the permanent members of staff, which is why it is viewed as a bit of a bad word in some circles. But if your business needs the help to get on its feet, then outsourcing is the help you are very unlikely to survive without. Luckily now, there are many outsourcing websites that showcase people who have very specific skills. If you need someone to do a certain line of code that builds your website a certain way or you need someone to translate some very technical text into Swahili, you are able to find these people who you can pay for their services. If you are in a tight spot and need to get something started very quickly, it means that based on your budget you can pay them accordingly and you don’t need to take anybody on permanently for those tasks. As soon as they are completed, it has been a useful help for you to get onto the next stage of unveiling your business.    

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Praise Your Employees

A creative culture is not one where everyone works by themselves. It is dynamic and requires a lot of collaboration. As a result, give praise where praise is due. Some people like to be actively praised in front of colleagues, while others prefer to be given feedback in a private way. Find out from your staff what method they would like and when they have exceeded expectations you can congratulate them in a manner befitting of their personality. It entirely depends on the workplace culture. If people work in groups, public praise will work well in front of colleagues, but people that work individually may not appreciate being singled out for praise, especially if one person receives praise while others may get a haranguing which could upset the apple cart! Nor is it handy to dish out praise at every turn, you want your workers to work hard, not rest on their laurels. Of course, being encouraging reflects well on its leaders, and you need to strike a right balance, especially when it comes to working with creative types who may be of a sensitive nature. But this is something to apply in every type of business, not just creative-based ones.

As a way of encouraging creativity, managers need to be agile themselves in order to get the best out of their employees. Flexibility is of the utmost importance when dealing with a group of creative types, and each challenge needs to be met head on. Personal and professional challenges can clash heavily when trying to develop a creative environment because people may invest much more of themselves into an artistic role than they would, say, an admin role. And as creativity thrives on the generation of ideas, you may want to allocate your time to factor in opportunities to have brainstorm sessions and have a shorter period of time later on to refine these ideas. The old adage in writing is don’t get it right, get it written, so this may be an approach you would wish to take on board. Creativity and business do work together well; it is more about the right balance that suits your workplace. The yin and yang can be balanced!


Peaceful Hobbies To Take Up Before The Summer

Peaceful Hobbies To Take Up Before The Summer

The summer? It’s a time of peace and relaxation. Stretching out on a nice chair in the sun with a cool drink? There might just be no better feeling than that! Summer gives you the perfect opportunity, and the perfect weather, to be able to try new things. Here are a few peaceful hobbies that you can take up in the summer!

If you want to get a little bit fitter, but don’t want anything hectic – badminton might be the way to go. Badminton is the perfect peaceful summertime hobby – it’s easy, and it’s fun! To get started, you need a garden and a badminton net along with a number of badminton racquets and a few ‘shuttlecocks.’ It’s not a hard sport to get into and has very few rules. It’s rather cheap and isn’t as raucous as other sports. Plus you can enjoy it in pretty limited space.

Badminton still might be a bit much for you though; it might not be peaceful enough. In that case, you might consider fishing. You want to be close to a fishing destination, a river or a lake for fishing to work – and you’re also going to need equipment. From any number of baits right through to rods like the Redington path fly rod. You can’t fish without this gear. Then you’re going to need seating (fishing is a long hobby where you have to wait a lot), some coffee – a lot of coffee and maybe a good book. Fishing is all about the technique, but thankfully there are plenty of learning materials and tutorials available in book form and on the internet. It’s never too late to learn, and fishing is pretty relaxing, easy to get into and hard to master. It’s a very fulfilling hobby and perfect for the summer months.

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Golf is a great game to enjoy on a hot summer’s day. Of course, like fishing you are going to need some equipment! You’ll namely need your clubs and some balls to hit. You’ll likely need to pay your way onto some sort of golf course as well. Driving ranges are a fun way to perfect your swing. Golfing is a super social sport and great to perform as a group, so get out there with some friends. Peaceful? of course it is. Hitting a hole in one is pretty zen, anyway!

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If you really want to achieve peace in the summer, then get reading. Reading is an amazing mind-expanding hobby that requires pretty much zero movement apart from a flick of the fingers to turn a page, and a lunge forward to grab your drink, of course. Reading can not only help you learn new things (you might read about golfing or fishing tips, for example), it’s a great way to transport yourself to some amazing words through some great writing. If you don’t like books, give them a try as you bask in the sun.

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It’s the perfect time to take up some new hobbies before the sun turns it up a notch, so get out there early and perfect your craft. Whatever it is!


The Best Careers For Helping Others

The Best Careers For Helping Others

If you feel that you would like a career change, and you want to find a job which enables you to help others, then you probably have plenty of choices. The truth is, finding a career which enables you to help people should not be too hard. In all likelihood, your main difficulty will be in deciding between the many options that you will have in front of you. Nomatter what kind of skills or knowledge you are keen to pass on, there will be a role to suit your needs. In this article, we are going to look at some of the best jobs for those who want to help others in whatever way. Let’s take a look and see what we can find in this area of work.

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Professor

If you have always wanted to be able to lecture to rooms of people, then becoming a professor at a university might be the job for you. One of the real major perks of this job is that you will be encouraging and helping the younger generation to learn about their chosen fields of passion, and there is something really engaging and enlivening about that in itself. But if that doesn’t convince you, it is worth bearing in mind too that professors do tend to earn a fair amount of money, and you also have the benefit of having good hours, with most of the summer off as well. As long as you feel confident speaking in front of a room of people, you should find that this is a great job for you.

Teacher

Similar to a professor, being a teacher means that you get to play a vital role in the development of the country’s children. This is an important job, and one which should not be understated, and if you are someone who wants to help people in a profound way then teaching could provide you the opportunity to do just that. In general, teachers earn a middling income, but you can increase it over time, and there are many other advantages besides the money. What’s more, teachers are in demand at the moment, across many different subjects across the country, so there is a good chance you can land a job before too long. If you take a look at sites such as Simply Education, you will find that there are plenty of jobs to choose between. Teaching could be a fantastic job for you if you are keen on this kind of way of helping others.

Coaching

Coaching is similar to the others, but a little different in that you can coach someone on pretty much anything. It could be within the world of business, for example, in which case you might be coaching people on their various skills and abilities within their own job. To do this kind of work, you need to be already highly skilled in the area that you are specializing in – but as long as that is the case, you should find that this is a rewarding and possibly even lucrative job which stands the test of time.


Pushing Brand Identity: 3 Real-World Concepts For Small Business

Pushing Brand Identity: 3 Real-World Concepts For Small Business

Small business owners will want to push their brand as much as possible. That is how you make consumers familiar with your company, and encourage them to spend money. Ideally, you want to become a household name that everyone recognises. If you achieve that goal, people will always come to you when they need a relevant product or service. That is because your firm will be the first thing that pops into their minds. I’ve listed some excellent real-world concepts on this page that could make a difference to your efforts. Most people focus on the digital landscape these days. However, you don’t want to overlook these tried and tested ideas.

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Invest in printed products that contain your branding

Lots of business owners refrain from spending cash on printed products these days. That is because they think their money is better spent on digital promotion. However, it’s still possible to get amazing results from posters and flyers. You could even think outside of the box and try something like a Z fold card. That is especially useful if many of your potential customers live in the same area. You could pay a local delivery firm to push them through doors. So, you just need to search online for a reputable printer who doesn’t charge the earth. Most professionals in that industry will also handle the design process for an extra fee. With a bit of luck, you’ll see excellent outcomes.

Sponsor local charity events

You should always try to create a positive impression of your business. Sponsoring local charity events is a wise move for a couple of reasons. Firstly, people will know that you care about the local community. That means you will gain a lot of respect amongst people who attend the occasion. Secondly, the charity will place your company logo all over everything. If the press choose to participate in the event, you should notice your branding in the background of some of their photographs. The same goes for situations in which local news crews might turn up.

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Create publicity stunts

The process of setting up a publicity stunt if often a lot of fun. However, it can take some time to think of the right approach. So, it’s best not to rush into anything. Your goal is to get as much attention for your brand as possible without anyone knowing you’re advertising. So, try to think of something funny that newspaper readers and internet users won’t be able to ignore. For example, maybe you should claim that your workplace is haunted by a ghost who does something silly? Perhaps he keeps scaring the postman every morning? The tabloids love stuff like that because it increases their website views. You get the idea, right?

If you try to put those suggestions into action this year, you should manage to increase brand awareness. With a bit of luck, thousands of people will know about your company in twelve month’s time. So, make a decision regarding what you want to achieve, and begin creating your plan right now. There is no time to waste! If you hesitate, a competitor will beat you to the mark.


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