As we enter into a month of international sport with the 30th Olympiad in London, this week’s theme comes from a sport that is no longer played in the Olympics: baseball. Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game in 2003, and it was turned into a movie with Brad Pitt (!) in 2011. If you’re neither a baseball, nor a Brad Pitt fan, allow me to explain the premise:

by Meg, book from DC Public Library*

Until recently, baseball victory has been solely the domain of very rich teams, like the New York Yankees (or Real Madrid, or Manchester United). Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s, a very poor team, decided to reexamine value for money with respect to winning baseball games. He discovered that through scientific analysis, as opposed to traditional baseball knowledge (read: the way it’s always been done), he could craft a winning team within his budget.

Are we not all Billy Beane? Libraries never have enough money, time, space, staff, scrap paper, anything. This week we’re talking about making it work with the resources you have, the virtues of free law, and evaluating what your patrons really need.

*Do we have a baseball tablecloth and matching place mats? Yes. Yes, we do.