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Avoiding the Idea Graveyard
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Avoiding the Idea Graveyard

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For MOBIUS Conference Keynote, June 7, 2011

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  • 1. Avoiding the Idea Graveyard Creating Lasting Change in Libraries <ul><li>Meredith G. Farkas </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/wimmulder/7609964/
  • 2. The road to the graveyard is paved with good intentions http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilsingapore/5474180800/
  • 3. We really need to do these Web 2.0 things all the other libraries are doing
  • 4. _____has been so successful at the ___ library; we should do it here too.
  • 5. Blogs Netflix-like borrowing Patron-driven acquisitions Facebook Twitter
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  • 9. I think our library really needs to do ___ to be relevant to our patrons. Don’t worry, I’ll handle everything.
  • 10. So, I’m going to need you to start doing ___, ok?
  • 11. This will be the best library blog ever!
  • 12. So what’s the problem?
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  • 16. Why does it fail? <ul><li>The service or technology is not tied to the library’s mission or strategic goals </li></ul><ul><li>It’s considered someone’s “pet project” </li></ul><ul><li>Services where the only cost is staff time are often not planned for strategically </li></ul><ul><li>Once the newness wears off, people are less motivated to contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Staff are not given dedicated time to work on new initiatives </li></ul>
  • 17. Characteristics of effective initiatives
  • 18. They know their users http://docushare.lib.rochester.edu/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-4436
  • 19. http://www.slideshare.net/charbooth/if-you-build-it-will-they-care-1159058
  • 20. Have clearly-defined goals http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekkebus/5020840511/
  • 21. Initiatives are tied to Institutional goals
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  • 23. Involve staff from all levels in planning http://flickr.com/photos/weesmalldoll/432578986/
  • 24. Plan for the continued use and maintenance of tech http://flickr.com/photos/stshores24/488419188/
  • 25. Treat technology as tools http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459
  • 26. And use them to solve problems http://www.seedwiki.com/?wiki=antioch_university_new_england_library_staff_training_and_support_wiki
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  • 39. Create Partnerships
  • 40. Create Partnerships
  • 41. Time must be devoted to the Project http://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2574029855/
  • 42. Assess, assess, assess! http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardstowey/3032598054/
  • 43. Building organizational capacity for 2.0 initiatives
  • 44. Question everything http://flickr.com/photos/scampion/1500054745/
  • 45. Look for good ideas everywhere! http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/
  • 46. Encourage staff to learn and play
  • 47. Develop a risk-tolerant culture http://flickr.com/photos/tollaksen/967960/
  • 48. Beware the culture of perfect http://flickr.com/photos/unloveable/2401166750
  • 49. Be agile, don’t get attached http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/
  • 50. Give staff time to be creative
  • 51. Encourage Network-building
  • 52. Encourage Network-building
  • 53. Are we there yet? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ quirky/3151208015
  • 54. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Find me at </li></ul><ul><li>meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>mgfarkas (at) gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>flickr, twitter: librarianmer </li></ul><ul><li>facebook: meredithfarkas </li></ul>Slides and links at http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/trucolorsfly/2401196653/

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