How Librarians Get Things Done

Megan Hartline —  January 29, 2015 — 1 Comment
Group of post-it notes with handwritten: "At ease", "Just do it!" and "Urgent"

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I love a good productivity strategy, but I struggle with how to apply these practices in the fluid environment of the library. I usually end up with a desk covered in post-it notes and a To Do list as long as my arm.

Enter The Productive Librarian, a blog featuring interviews with librarians about how they arrange their work most efficiently on the job. One middle school librarian shared:

I remember reading a productivity article that suggested doing creative/problem-solving tasks in the morning and saving mundane tasks for the afternoon, when most people are more tired. This seems to be true for me – although, the library is generally busier in the morning – conundrum!

Oh, I feel that conundrum!

The Productive Librarian is a great new resource for finding out how other librarians deal with the nitty-gritty work of the library. Now I’m just waiting for someone to describe how they actually use Getting Things Done in library world.

Megan Hartline


Megan Hartline (@awrybrarian on Twitter) is a librarian in Denver, Colorado. In addition to librarianship, Megan's background is in nonprofit leadership. She would love to visit your library to talk about management, workflows, or customer service.

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