William Brett is father of the open-shelf library system, in which patrons don’t have to go through a librarian to find books.
Brett, who joined Western Reserve University’s library school in 1904, encountered some resistance. Critics said his idea would lead to theft and pandemonium in the stacks.
Instead, it doubled circulation, reduced staffing needs and resulted in fewer lost books.
Lesson: When you spot a chance to make efficiencies, don’t assume people will be on their worst possible behavior.
— Adapted from “Forward Thinking 50,” Melissa Evans Persensky, Think.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/29237/foresight-heres-one-for-the-books "