Collaborate to Succeed: Implementing New Reference Services with SPLAT


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SPLAT is a unique statewide collaborative focusing on implementing new reference services, looking out in the crow's nest for innovation, and seeking new ideas. This presentation at Reference Renaissance 2010 showcasing how SPLAT has helped Idaho implement new reference services.

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  • One of the major benefits of SPLATs mission is that the impact is so large. Our projects to bring new ideas and new perspectives to Idaho’s libraries impact even the smallest libraries around Idaho. Frank Nelson, Library Consultant for the Idaho Commission for Libraries, provides us with an image of the Prairie Free Library. As far as we know, this is the smallest library in Idaho. It’s just one room, and they use a binder for their check out system. I’ve also included an image of Frank using the wireless at the Stanley Community Library. The other libraries in this image include: Juliaetta Public Library, Sugar Salem Public Library, Snake River Library, Nez Perce Community Library, Bovill Community Library, Deary Public Library, Kellogg Community Library, Pierce Free Public Library, and Rathdrum Community Library. SPLAT is a major asset to libraries like the ones featured. Often with just one employee, it’s almost impossible for them to stay on top of the latest technologies. Many people who don’t work in one room- one person libraries claim the same thing, however, that it’s hard to stay on top. Once SPLAT has gone through the vetting process with new technolgies and decided on which few new things to focus on for an upcoming conference, a presentation, or a new project like SPLAT 101, people pay attention. The patrons lives are improved at those libraries because when individuals come to the reference desk with questions about foursquare, the library staff have at least heard about foursquare from SPLAT.
  • If you have been tweeting your questions during this presentation to @SPLATid our SPLAT member Melody Sky Eisler has been responding!
  • Collaborate to Succeed: Implementing New Reference Services with SPLAT

    1. 1. Collaborate to Succeed: Implementing New Reference Services with SPLAT<br />Amy Vecchione & Memo Cordova<br />Boise State University<br /> @librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br /><br />
    2. 2. <ul><li> Futures conference (2005)
    3. 3. Relevance
    4. 4. Think Tanks
    5. 5. SPLAT inception</li></ul>@librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br />
    6. 6. Acting in the crow's nest capacity to:<br /><ul><li> search for innovation
    7. 7. propose experiments
    8. 8. lead pilot projects
    9. 9. discover new opportunities</li></ul>@librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br />
    10. 10. Who makes SPLAT? <br /><ul><li>Leaders everywhere
    11. 11. A passion for libraries
    12. 12. Flexibility: ideas & implementation
    13. 13. “many mistakes quickly”</li></ul>@librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br />
    14. 14. SPLAT MEMBERS:<br /><ul><li> Build
    15. 15. Share
    16. 16. Use
    17. 17. Work</li></ul>@librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br />
    18. 18. How does SPLAT work?<br /><ul><li> Think dangerously
    19. 19. Experiment
    20. 20. Come together to vet ideas
    21. 21. Implement
    22. 22. Teach
    23. 23. “many mistakes quickly”</li></ul>@librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br />
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    29. 29. Make Your Own<br />@librarythinking @SPLATid @m3mo<br />
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