In anticipation of this "why?" question in my new library, I am digging up photos. I feel that nothing makes a statement better than a visual.
"Why can't we eat in the library Mrs. Mannon?"
"We will not eat in the library because it stains our brand new carpeting and attracts mice." This statement does not have as much impact as this...
|The old carpeting in my current workspace |
had stains like this all over the carpeting.
|Stains are easy. People understand|
stains, but a visual still makes an impact -
Especially if you can get a before and after
as I will do.
|This is not as obvious, but the scene is all too common in the |
institutions where I've consulted.
Mice come for the warmth of your building and will stay for the food.
Books and papers can become their tasty treats.
I keep a folder of "extreme examples" that I find in institutions so that I can use these visuals to make my point when it is necessary to do so. Here are some more examples:
|Mold due to improper environmental controls.|
|Folded papers and mold.|
|Lack of a proper records management system from the get-go.|
|Improper storage for photos.|
|Water damage due to basement storage.|