Avoiding the Idea Graveyard

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For MOBIUS Conference Keynote, June 7, 2011

Avoiding the Idea Graveyard

  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
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  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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