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A presentation to Library Tech 2010 at Macalester College, St Paul, MN 18th March 2010


  • 1.Burning Pencils,Sharpening Questions Mad Ideas, Risk Assessment,Lunatic Action and Sane Friends Mad Idea # 7250 Anne Zarinnia LibraryTech 2010,Macalester College S t Paul, MN - March 18, 2010


    • Matches, a knife, a magnifying glass, string
    • Wireless junk, Morse-code tappers, old rifles, various cartridges
    • Sound travels through the body
    • A .22 bullet travels over a mile and you can make a gun
    • Creative ways of making the light come on whenSanta delivers the goods
    • Ph.D. Discovery :U.S. is BOTH enabled AND HELD BACK by organizational structures, strictures and habits
    • SAME OLD reform efforts, SAME OLD matrix organization

What do your pockets say about you? 3. Geographers Scan! Consider solutionsDREAM UP MAD IDEAS 4. The Future of Universities

  • Thepathlesspath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2XekQnObxM , 2009

ACADEMIA FOR ALL Mad Idea # 4351 5. 1995 - Wisconsin MESS

    • School librarians50% >55
    • 90 people on emergency licenses
    • Preparation programs closed
    • University faculty hard to replace
    • Curriculum out-dated
    • SoI called my colleague in Eau Claire

6. A Virtual Department

  • 1997-1999 Whitewater / Eau Claire project
  • hybrid program offering access to licenses & degrees
  • 1999UWSSLEC
  • (University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium)
    • Whitewater (HQ)
    • Eau Claire
    • Oshkosh
    • Superior
    • Madison

CREATING - A NETWORK OF PROFESSORS Mad Idea # 4352 7. Of Wisconsin Faculty

  • 1997-1999 Whitewater / Eau Claire project
  • hybrid program offering access to licenses & degrees


  • 2007 Shortages, stasis - A NEED FOR REDESIGN

UWSSLEC Student Locations1997-2009 9. IMLS Laura Bush Scholarships 2010 Blue= appliedGreen awardUWSSLEC 10. NIMBLE a definition

  • Quick, light, or agile inmovement or action
  • Quick, clever, and acutein devising or understanding

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/nimble 11. Technologically NIMBLE

    • Understandings and knowledge
    • - Habits of mind
      • Curious, creative, innovative, problem solver
    • - Attitudes
      • Risk-taker, self remedy, continuous learner, constant change, confident,
    • - Leadership
      • Aware, skilled, expertise,critical assessment - not a magpie

Professionally NIMBLE A? UWSSLEC/ UW SLIS Meeting , Madison SLIS, October 2009 Professionally NIMBLE 12. Beautiful Statistics

  • Gapminder.org
  • Gapminder World
  • Gapminder USA
  • For UK:http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8070000/8070108.stm

Hans Roslingwww.gapminder.org 13. TWENTY FIRST CENTURYStudent Outcomes Partnership for 21 stCentury Skills

  • 1. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
  • 2. Learning and Innovation Skills
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking &Problem Solving
    • Communication &Collaboration
  • 3. Information, Media and Technology Skills
  • 4. Life and Career Skills

14. 2010 - Wisconsin MESS

    • School finance
    • The economy
    • Globalization
    • Changing Demographics
    • www.getfacts.wisc.edu/

15. Enrollment Projections K-12 Public School-1994-2016 http://www.apl.wisc.edu/ Richelle Winkler & Sarah Kemp, 2008 Presentationto the 87th Wisconsin State Education Convention 16. Immediate ProblemK-5 K-5 Public School-2005-2016 www.apl.wisc.edu/ Richelle Winkler & Sarah Kemp, 2008 Presentationto the 87th Wisconsin State Education Convention 17. High School Diploma - ONLY www.getfacts.wisc.edu/ Applied Population Laboratory


18. International Emphasis on Innovation

    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Christian Science Monitor, Feb 21, 2010, p30

    • The Innovation Economy
    • by Mark Trumbull

19. AALBORG A European CommunityUniversity of Innovation

      • Not afraid to fail
      • Diversity of perspective
      • Real world experience
      • Work in groups
      • Project based
      • SWIM collaborative information search process
      • TRIZ Contradictions Matrix 40 principles
    • Creativity, Innovation and the Use of Information,
    • Creativity, Innovation and the Use of Information
    • Aalborg University 2008Carol Kuhlthau Keynote Speaker

20. AALBORG:Education for Innovation

    • Creativity unlimited use of information
    • Innovation knowledge in use
    • Project based curricula
    • Diverse groups of students
    • Local partnerships
    • Innovation with the Hyper Library ,(Rosenstand)
    • Curriculum for Innovation

21. 22. Saltire - Information Commons

  • Asked the students:
  • What would make your work easier
    • Working together, Conversations
    • ALL information in one location
    • Combine art, design, light, computers,family furniture
  • Result: 97% occupancy

Jan Howden , 2006 Glasgow Caledonian 23. Flexible spaces Movable Inflatable Office 24. Only in India? 25. Salad Bar 26. Innovation Unlimited! 27. 28. US Lags in Elementary Education

  • Importance of educationin theearly years
  • Remoteness
  • Educational levelof parents
  • School finance

Groups of children (6-12 years old in groups of 4 or so), given unrestricted and unsupervised access to the Internet can learn almost anything on their own. It doesn't matter who or where they are. We know this from 20 years of research, standing on the shoulders of Aurobindo, Piaget, Vygotsky and Montessori. Barefoot in the Head,Sunday, July 12, 2009http://sugatam.blogspot.com/ Mad Idea # 4353 This kind of learning is activatedby questions, not answers. 29. Gylemuir Elementary School Edinburgh Central Education Resources 30. EXPLORATORIUM

  • an inquiry approach that engages the inquisitive energy children bring to learning
  • Nine Thousand Straws Jean Sausele Knodt

31. Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public Library

  • This collection of photos, available on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Teen Website atwww.libraryloft.org , showcases teen events at Library branches throughout Mecklenburg County.

32. Sugata Mitra:Future of universities

  • There is no need for classeswith hundreds
  • The university will be aboutresearch and assessment
  • If you say you are an engineercome for a month and prove it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs9B0di3CmI Mad Idea # 4355 33. JISC/ BL GOOGLE GENERATION

    • Information skills are needed more than ever and at a higher level if people are to really avail themselves of the benefits of an information society.
    • Emerging research findings from the US points to the fact that these skills need to be inculcated during the formative years of childhood: by university or college it is too late to reverse engineer deeply ingrained habits, notably an uncritical trust in branded search engines to deliver quick fixes.This will require concerted action between libraries, schools and parents.

Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future , 2008, p32 This study was commissioned by the British Library and JISC. 34. Children Learn Without Teachers

    • Sugata Mitra:
    • Hole-in-th