Futureproofing Your Library

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Futureproofing Your Library, an "un-workshop"
Joan Frye Williams and George Needham
SEFLIN
April 30, 2009

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Futureproofing Your Library

  1. 1. Welcome! To get started… 1. Write on an index card: 3 questions or issues you want to tackle today 2. Write on the banner paper: the best library advice anyone ever gave you
  2. 2. Futureproofing Your Library an “un-workshop” Joan Frye Williams and George Needham SEFLIN April 30, 2009
  3. 3. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Alan Kay
  4. 4. What future do you want to create?  Your community  Your library  Your team/work group  Personally/professionally
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  6. 6. Time is scarce.
  7. 7. Information is everywhere.
  8. 8. You carry your work with you.
  9. 9. Learning and play are two sides of the same coin.
  10. 10. Collaboration can make you smarter.
  11. 11. Planning, decision-making, and communication take place in real time. Cooperatively.
  12. 12. Innovation is everyone‘s job.
  13. 13. We only get one Earth, so we’d better take good care of it.
  14. 14. Failure to keep up with the times is embarrassing.
  15. 15. So what?
  16. 16. The challenge: modernizing our techniques without sacrificing our principles
  17. 17. Principle or technique?
  18. 18. Which library principles matter most to you?
  19. 19. “Clump” and name your principles
  20. 20. Table talks…  What do civilians expect of us in this area?  Which techniques are already working well?  What do we do now that confuses non- librarians?  What else might we try?  What might we stop doing entirely?  What do we need to learn more about?
  21. 21. Think of a favorite book, movie, play, poem, or piece of music…  What is it?  Why is it important to you?  How has that affected your life?
  22. 22. Strategic positioning: Five approaches that work
  23. 23. From exception… …to mainstream
  24. 24. Bottom line Less gate-keeping, more convenience
  25. 25. From altruism to… …return on investment
  26. 26. Bottom line Less perfectionism, more efficiency
  27. 27. From a focus on the past … …to a focus on the future
  28. 28. Bottom line Less caution, more flexibility
  29. 29. From frill… …to necessity
  30. 30. Bottom line Less modesty… …more urgency
  31. 31. From information to transformation
  32. 32. Bottom line Relationships trump transactions
  33. 33. Do you have a problem with that?
  34. 34. “How can we…”
  35. 35. Evaluate your choices: Will it show?
  36. 36. Evaluate your choices: Can it grow?
  37. 37. Evaluate your choices: Does it flow?
  38. 38. Evaluate your choices: Is it time for it to go?
  39. 39. Show the passion!
  40. 40. Let’s continue the conversation… joan@jfwilliams.com george@georgeneedham.com Listen to our podcasts, “George and Joan: Thinking Out Loud,” at http://feeds.feedburner.com/InfoblogGeorgeAndJoan

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