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Encouraging Innovation in Libraries <ul><li>Meredith Farkas </li></ul><ul><li>Norwich University </li></ul>
We really need  to do these Web  2.0 things all the  other libraries are  doing
_____has been so successful at the ___ library; we should do it here too. FAIL #2: Assuming every library is the same
Blogs Netflix-like  borrowing Patron-driven acquisitions Facebook Twitter FAIL #3: Technolust
 
FAIL #5: Thinking free = no cost
 
I think our library really needs  to do ___ to be relevant to our patrons. Don’t worry, I’ll handle everything. FAIL #6: T...
So, I’m going to need  you to start doing ___, ok? FAIL #7: Assuming more than 40 hrs of work can be fit into a 40-hour wo...
This will be the best library blog ever! FAIL #8: Assuming all you need is enthusiasm
So what’s the problem?
 
 
 
 
Why does it fail? <ul><li>The service or technology is not tied to the library’s mission or strategic goals. </li></ul><ul...
Library 2.0 is a  state of mind <ul><li>Working to meet changing user needs </li></ul><ul><li>Trusting our users (radical ...
Building Organizational Capacity for Innovation
Question  Everything
Listen and look for good ideas They can come from anyone and anywhere
Encourage staff to learn  and play
Develop a Risk-Tolerant Culture
Beware the Culture of Perfect
Be agile, don’t get attached
Nurture Talent
Give Staff Time for Creative Endeavors
Encourage Network-Building
 
Making Innovative Ideas a Reality
Know your users
 
Tie innovative ideas to major initiatives or mission/goals
 
Treat technologies as tools Blogs Wikis RSS Facebook IM
and use them to solve problems
Improve communication with our users
Highlight our Collections
 
 
 
 
Make our services more visible
Improve internal knowledge sharing
Create Partnerships
 
Involve Staff from All Levels in Planning I can haz your cooperation?
Plan for the Continued use and Maintenance of Tech
Time Must be Devoted to all This
Assess, assess, assess!
Is your organization (as it is currently structured) able to make all this happen?
Any questions? <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: librarianmer </li></ul><ul><li>Links and presentation at </l...
Photo Credits <ul><li>Long Range Plan Discussion  http://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/2763362494/  by Nebraska Library Co...
Photo Credits <ul><li>Toolbox full  http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/  by Austin ampersand Zak </li></ul><ul><l...
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  1. 1. Encouraging Innovation in Libraries <ul><li>Meredith Farkas </li></ul><ul><li>Norwich University </li></ul>
  2. 2. We really need to do these Web 2.0 things all the other libraries are doing
  3. 3. _____has been so successful at the ___ library; we should do it here too. FAIL #2: Assuming every library is the same
  4. 4. Blogs Netflix-like borrowing Patron-driven acquisitions Facebook Twitter FAIL #3: Technolust
  5. 6. FAIL #5: Thinking free = no cost
  6. 8. I think our library really needs to do ___ to be relevant to our patrons. Don’t worry, I’ll handle everything. FAIL #6: The lone ranger
  7. 9. So, I’m going to need you to start doing ___, ok? FAIL #7: Assuming more than 40 hrs of work can be fit into a 40-hour work week
  8. 10. This will be the best library blog ever! FAIL #8: Assuming all you need is enthusiasm
  9. 11. So what’s the problem?
  10. 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>The service or technology is considered someone’s “pet project.” </li></ul><ul><li>Services where the only cost is staff time are 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 time to work on new initiatives. </li></ul>
  11. 17. Library 2.0 is a state of mind <ul><li>Working to meet changing user needs </li></ul><ul><li>Trusting our users (radical trust) </li></ul><ul><li>Getting rid of the culture of perfect </li></ul><ul><li>Aware of emerging technologies and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Looking outside of the library world for applications, opportunities, inspiration </li></ul>
  12. 18. Building Organizational Capacity for Innovation
  13. 19. Question Everything
  14. 20. Listen and look for good ideas They can come from anyone and anywhere
  15. 21. Encourage staff to learn and play
  16. 22. Develop a Risk-Tolerant Culture
  17. 23. Beware the Culture of Perfect
  18. 24. Be agile, don’t get attached
  19. 25. Nurture Talent
  20. 26. Give Staff Time for Creative Endeavors
  21. 27. Encourage Network-Building
  22. 29. Making Innovative Ideas a Reality
  23. 30. Know your users
  24. 32. Tie innovative ideas to major initiatives or mission/goals
  25. 34. Treat technologies as tools Blogs Wikis RSS Facebook IM
  26. 35. and use them to solve problems
  27. 36. Improve communication with our users
  28. 37. Highlight our Collections
  29. 42. Make our services more visible
  30. 43. Improve internal knowledge sharing
  31. 44. Create Partnerships
  32. 46. Involve Staff from All Levels in Planning I can haz your cooperation?
  33. 47. Plan for the Continued use and Maintenance of Tech
  34. 48. Time Must be Devoted to all This
  35. 49. Assess, assess, assess!
  36. 50. Is your organization (as it is currently structured) able to make all this happen?
  37. 51. Any questions? <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>AIM: librarianmer </li></ul><ul><li>Links and presentation at </li></ul><ul><li>http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com </li></ul>
  38. 52. Photo Credits <ul><li>Long Range Plan Discussion http://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/2763362494/ by Nebraska Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>O&E Staff and Board Planning Meeting http://www.flickr.com/photos/tyreseus/494325133/ by atp_tyreseus </li></ul><ul><li>Free as in Beer http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/2345633527/ by Unhindered by Talent </li></ul><ul><li>Sprout attacks a kleenex box http://www.flickr.com/photos/asimpledarksquid/1187308493/ by Squid! </li></ul><ul><li>TBLC Annual Meeting http://flickr.com/photos/sylvar/287940515/ by Sylvar </li></ul><ul><li>RPFF Portraits & Features #4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsarkasim/4079152105/ by Tsar Kasmin </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing PowerPoint Presentation http://flickr.com/photos/maubrowncow/2763362494/ by maubrowncow </li></ul><ul><li>Slide from “If You Build It, Will They Care?” http://www.slideshare.net/charbooth/if-you-build-it-will-they-care-1159058 By Char Booth and Chris Guder. </li></ul><ul><li>Dewey or don't we? http://flickr.com/photos/scampion/1500054745/ By scampion </li></ul><ul><li>RISK #2 http://flickr.com/photos/tollaksen/967960/ by Bjornar </li></ul><ul><li>Perfection http://flickr.com/photos/unloveable/2401166750/ by unloveable </li></ul><ul><li>sunny day http://flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/2226165685/ by jessamyn </li></ul><ul><li>IMG_2016.JPG http://flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/ by stevenjude </li></ul>
  39. 53. Photo Credits <ul><li>Toolbox full http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/ by Austin ampersand Zak </li></ul><ul><li>Wait: I’ll fix it. http://flickr.com/photos/stshores24/488419188/ by sshores24 </li></ul><ul><li>Farm Cat Group http://flickr.com/photos/weesmalldoll/432578986/ by weesmalldoll </li></ul><ul><li>The Spongebob Square, Er, Roundpants Juggle http://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2574029855/ by Cayusa </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Shuffle http://flickr.com/photos/latitudes/66424863/ by Johnny Blood </li></ul><ul><li>sunny day http://flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/2226165685/ by jessamyn </li></ul><ul><li>IMG_2016.JPG http://flickr.com/photos/stevenjude/848723658/ by stevenjude </li></ul><ul><li>Toolbox full http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/ by Austin ampersand Zak </li></ul><ul><li>Wait: I’ll fix it. http://flickr.com/photos/stshores24/488419188/ by sshores24 </li></ul><ul><li>Farm Cat Group http://flickr.com/photos/weesmalldoll/432578986/ by weesmalldoll </li></ul><ul><li>The Spongebob Square, Er, Roundpants Juggle http://flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2574029855/ by Cayusa </li></ul><ul><li>Hot Air Balloon Man http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardstowey/3032598054/ by Richard Stowey </li></ul>
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