Libraries We Love - Whitman County Rural Library District, Colfax, WA

Each month, we profile a library. Large, small, urban, rural, post-modern, quaint or neo-classic; do you have a library that you love? Tell us about it. This month Barbara Lloyd McMichael writes about the many challenges facing rural libraries, including the fiery destruction of the Malden Library Branch. 

 


Startup Metrics: What you need to grow your company

As a startup or early stage business, tracking metrics brings direction and strategy to your company. It also encourages a change in performance when evaluating those metrics and the goal is always to improve those metrics. Without measuring your metrics, you’re unable to improve.


Essentials to Keep in Your Emergency Kit

Let’s face it: You can’t predict the future. That’s why having a fully stocked emergency kit is so important. No matter the time of year, it’s always better to play it safe.  


Fighting for the Soul of Democracy

Our goal is to fight for the soul of democracy.  Does Democracy even have a soul? This question is posed by Dr. Peter Corning, director of the Institute for the Study of Complex Systems.  “Democracy has one overriding virtue that all the other political systems lack.  It is, at its best, “government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” in Abraham Lincoln’s immortal phrase; it is self-government.”  


Does Democracy Have a Soul?

Does Democracy Have a Soul? It has to do with how the citizens view themselves, and their society, and how they relate to their government – and vice versa.  It is a shared state of mind.


Of Thee I Sing

For nearly four years, I have used my platform here as an operational risk expert to critique the current administration through the four lenses — people, processes, systems, and external events — that can assess how reputational or financial loss occurs in a company or an institution, or even a country. I have spent a significant amount of time talking about the checks and balances of governance established in the U.S. Constitution among the three branches of government.


NOTES FROM THE WORKING-CLASS: The Wildest Fire

My article, The Wildest Fire, is an exploration of hate, hate crimes, hate groups, and the leaders who foment hate to destroy anyone that stands in their way of getting power. Bottom line, hate often leads to violence, murder and even genocide. On that cheerful note, we are only a few days away from an earthshaking political election. #VOTE


Combating gender bias: Support for female entrepreneurs

In the business world today, the number of women entrepreneurs is growing rapidly with more and more female-founded entrepreneurial ventures being established on a daily basis. In fact, as of 2016 there were more than 9 million women entrepreneurs in the United States. Since 2001, the growth rate of women-owned firms has been 1.5 times higher than other small businesses. Overall, firms led by women account for about 5 million U.S. jobs.