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Innovation: The Language of Learning Libraries


This presentation was delivered at the LOEX of the West 2010 Conference in Calgary, AB. The presentation was mostly images, so if you want the full presentation notes, find the PDF that goes with it. …

This presentation was delivered at the LOEX of the West 2010 Conference in Calgary, AB. The presentation was mostly images, so if you want the full presentation notes, find the PDF that goes with it. The content in this presentation is similar to the content presented at the Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference 2010 in Buffalo, NY.

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  • 1. Innovation
    The Language of Learning Libraries
    LOEX of the West 2010
  • 2. Welcome
    M.J. D’Elia
    Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian
    Randy Oldham
    Web Development Librarian
  • 3. Objectives
    Connect innovative practice to learning organizations
    Learn simple strategies to foster more innovative thinking
    Recognize the value of play to productivity
  • 4. Free association
  • 5. How is a library like _____?
  • 6. Free association
  • 7. University of Guelph Library
    Mid-sized research university
    Undergraduate, graduate & professional programs
    Over 20,000 students
    McLaughlin Library
    Social sciences, sciences, humanities & arts
    Popular with students (computers + coffee)
    11,000+ visitors a day
    120 staff, 25 librarians
  • 8. Organizational Renewal
    Transition from liaison librarian model to functional team model
    Increased flexibility and responsiveness
    Do more with less
    Revisited our core values
    Highlighted the importance of innovation
    Need to improve creative problem solving
  • 9. Key questions
    Can anyone learn to be innovative?
    Can innovation be nurtured and developed?
    What does such an environment look like?
    What does innovation mean to libraries?
    How do leaders promote creativity?
    Does a more innovative library better support student learning?
  • 10. Innovation boot camp
  • 11.
  • 12. Learning personas
    help the organization
    avoid becoming too
    internally focused
  • 13. see with
    fresh eyes
    The Anthropologist
    Learning persona
  • 14. learn by
    The Experimenter
    Learning persona
  • 15. connect
    The Cross-Pollinator
    Learning persona
  • 16. Organizing personas
    help good ideas
    move forward in
    the organization
  • 17. see through
    The Hurdler
    Organizing persona
  • 18. break
    The Collaborator
    Organizing persona
  • 19. showcase
    the team
    The Director
    Organizing persona
  • 20. Building personas
    help the organization
    turn good ideas into
    great projects
  • 21. make the
    The Experience Architect
    Building persona
  • 22. shape the
    The Set Designer
    Building persona
  • 23. show more
    tell less
    The Caregiver
    Building persona
  • 24. collect
    The Storyteller
    Building persona
  • 25.
  • 26. Build challenge
  • 27. Build challenge
    Build the tallest free-standing structure
    Start from the floor
    50 drinking straws
    15 cm of masking tape
    Time: 10 minutes
  • 28. Build challenge
  • 29. Key themes
    Work is play / play is work
    Innovation is a social process
    The importance of space
    Constraints can be enablers
    Creativity is a practice
  • 30. work is play / play is work
  • 31. work is play / play is work
  • 32. innovation is a social process
  • 33. innovation is a social process
  • 34. the importance of space
  • 35. the importance of space
  • 36. constraints can be enablers
  • 37. constraints can be enablers
  • 38. creativity is a practice
  • 39. creativity is a practice
  • 40. Build your own
    Boot Camp
  • 41.
  • 42. Motivation
    Our desire to be self-directed.
    Our urge to get better at stuff.
    Our desire to do something meaningful.
  • 43. For more information on Innovation Boot Camp visit:
  • 44. Image Credits
    Images from Innovation Boot Camp 2010 were taken by Robin Bergart. Additional images are from www.flickr.com and used under the Creative Commons (see list below):
    The Anthropologist: premasagar (magnifying glass)
    The Experimenter: mybloodyself (purple test tubes)
    The Cross-Pollinator: Martin LaBar (bee & flower)
    The Hurdler: leadfoot (man hurdling)
    The Collaborator: oooh.oooh. (blue handshake)
    The Director: Matthew Stinson (conductor & orchestra)
    The Experience Architect: Kelly Sue (cupcake)
    The Set Designer: marfis75 (concert & hands)
    The Caregiver: Drul (smile closeup)
    The Storyteller: Martin Cathrae (campfire & forest)