Encouraging Innovation in Libraries

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  • 1.Encouraging Innovation in Libraries
    • Meredith Farkas
  • Norwich University

2. We really needto do these Web2.0 things all theother libraries aredoing 3. _____has been so successful at the ___ library; we should do it here too. FAIL #2: Assuming every library is the same 4. Blogs Netflix-likeborrowing Patron-driven acquisitions Facebook Twitter FAIL #3: Technolust 5. 6. FAIL #5: Thinking free = no cost 7. 8. I think our library really needsto do ___ to be relevant to our patrons. Dont worry, Ill handle everything. FAIL #6: The lone ranger 9. So, Im going to needyou to start doing ___, ok? FAIL #7: Assuming more than 40 hrs of work can be fit into a 40-hour work week 10. This will be the best library blog ever! FAIL #8: Assuming all you need is enthusiasm 11. So whats the problem? 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Why does it fail?

  • The service or technology is not tied to the librarys mission or strategic goals.
  • The service or technology is considered someones pet project.
  • Services where the only cost is staff time are not planned for strategically.
  • Once the newness wears off, people are less motivated to contribute.
  • Staff are not given time to work on new initiatives.

17. Library 2.0 is astate of mind

  • Working to meet changing user needs
  • Trusting our users (radical trust)
  • Getting rid of the culture of perfect
  • Aware of emerging technologies and opportunities
  • Looking outside of the library world for applications, opportunities, inspiration

18. Building Organizational Capacity for Innovation 19. QuestionEverything 20. Listen and look for good ideas They can come from anyone and anywhere 21. Encourage staff to learnand play 22. Develop a Risk-Tolerant Culture 23. Beware the Culture of Perfect 24. Be agile, dont get attached 25. Nurture Talent 26. Give Staff Time for Creative Endeavors 27. Encourage Network-Building 28. 29. Making Innovative Ideas a Reality 30. Know your users 31. 32. Tie innovative ideas to major initiatives or mission/goals 33. 34. Treat technologies as tools Blogs Wikis RSS Facebook IM 35. and use them to solve problems 36. Improve communication with our users 37. Highlight our Collections 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. Make our services more visible 43. Improve internal knowledge sharing 44. Create Partnerships 45. 46. Involve Staff from All Levels in Planning I can haz your cooperation? 47. Plan for the Continued use and Maintenance of Tech 48. Time Must be Devoted to all This 49. Assess, assess, assess! 50. Is your organization (as it is currently structured) able to make all this happen? 51. Any questions?

  • [email_address]
  • AIM: librarianmer
  • Links and presentation at
  • http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com

52. Photo Credits

  • Long Range Plan Discussionhttp://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/2763362494/by Nebraska Library Commission
  • O&E Staff and Board Planning Meetinghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/tyreseus/494325133/by atp_tyreseus
  • Free as in Beerhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/2345633527/by Unhindered by Talent
  • Sprout attacks a kleenex boxhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/asimpledarksquid/1187308493/by Squid!
  • TBLC Annual Meetinghttp://flickr.com/photos/sylvar/287940515/by Sylvar
  • RPFF Portraits & Features #4http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsarkasim/4079152105/by Tsar Kasmin
  • Amazing PowerPoint Presentationhttp://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/2763362494/by maubrowncow
  • Slide from If You Build It, Will They Care?http://www.slideshare.net/charbooth/if-you-build-it-will-they-care-1159058By Char Booth and Chris Guder.
  • Dewey or don't we?http://flickr.com/photos/scampion/1500054745/By scampion
  • RISK #2http://flickr.com/photos/tollaksen/967960/by Bjornar
  • Perfectionhttp://flickr.com/photos/unloveable/2401166750/by unloveable
  • sunny dayhttp://flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/2226165685/by jessamyn
  • IMG_2016.JPGhttp://flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/by stevenjude

53. Photo Credits

  • Toolbox fullhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/by Austin ampersand Zak
  • Wait: Ill fix it.http://flickr.com/photos/stshores24/488419188/by sshores24
  • Farm Cat Grouphttp://flickr.com/photos/weesmalldoll/432578986/by weesmalldoll
  • The Spongebob Square, Er, Roundpants Jugglehttp://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2574029855/by Cayusa
  • Rapid Shufflehttp://flickr.com/photos/latitudes/66424863/ by Johnny Blood
  • sunny dayhttp://flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/2226165685/by jessamyn
  • IMG_2016.JPGhttp://flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/by stevenjude
  • Toolbox fullhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/by Austin ampersand Zak
  • Wait: Ill fix it.http://flickr.com/photos/stshores24/488419188/by sshores24
  • Farm Cat Grouphttp://flickr.com/photos/weesmalldoll/432578986/by weesmalldoll
  • The Spongebob Square, Er, Roundpants Jugglehttp://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2574029855/by Cayusa
  • Hot Air Balloon Manhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/richardstowey/3032598054/ by Richard Stowey

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