CHANGES, PARTNERSHIPS, AND
COLLABORATIONS
ProQuest’s Library Futures Forum 2014
Blane K. Dessy
Library of Congress
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM FUTURES
OVERLOAD? YOU ARE, IF…
 You’ve read or listened or participated in more than
one futures p...
SO, IF YOU’RE FEELING ANXIOUS ABOUT THE
FUTURE…
 So is everyone else
 The future will not inundate you today or even
tom...
SOME POTENTIAL CHANGES THAT YOU SHOULD
CONSIDER FOR NOW AND THE FUTURE:
 Increasing use of mobile devices, applications, ...
MY THOUGHTS ON CHANGE
 You are the change agent, no one else can do this
for you; speak of yourself as the change, not
ex...
MY THOUGHTS ON PARTNERSHIPS
 Think strategically about your partnerships—they’re
a long term investment
 Think outside o...
MANAGING YOUR PARTNERSHIPS AND
COLLABORATIONS
 What is your current inventory of partnerships and
collaborations?
 How d...
MY OWN EXAMPLE:
 Current inventory
 Who
 What
 Why
 Terms
 Outcomes
 Partnerships/Collaborations Goals:
 Collectio...
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
 Blane K. Dessy
 Library of Congress
 bdes@loc.gov
 (202) 707-3032
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ProQuest's Library Futures Forum 2014 - Changes, Partnerships, and Collaborations, Blane K. Dessy

  1. 1. CHANGES, PARTNERSHIPS, AND COLLABORATIONS ProQuest’s Library Futures Forum 2014 Blane K. Dessy Library of Congress
  2. 2. ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM FUTURES OVERLOAD? YOU ARE, IF…  You’ve read or listened or participated in more than one futures program in the past few weeks  You are losing the ability to distinguish between today, tomorrow, next week, and the future  You’re beginning to doubt your own ability to think clearly about your library’s future  Everyone else’s trends seem so much cooler than yours
  3. 3. SO, IF YOU’RE FEELING ANXIOUS ABOUT THE FUTURE…  So is everyone else  The future will not inundate you today or even tomorrow  There is a lot to consider, but circumstances help us frame the future  The future often plays out slower than we think  Take some time to reassure yourself
  4. 4. SOME POTENTIAL CHANGES THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER FOR NOW AND THE FUTURE:  Increasing use of mobile devices, applications, and multi-sensory information  Growth of the “sharing culture”—new forms of cooperation  Increased concern about Information Security and Privacy  Changing patrons needs based upon new types of data such as big data sets  Redefining your own role in this new environment
  5. 5. MY THOUGHTS ON CHANGE  You are the change agent, no one else can do this for you; speak of yourself as the change, not external circumstances  More emphasis on adaptable information workers, less on “librarians”  Less focus on “library” and more focus on information services  More accountability and more support of the core mission--loyalty to the agency, not just the library  Greater need for marketing and public relations
  6. 6. MY THOUGHTS ON PARTNERSHIPS  Think strategically about your partnerships—they’re a long term investment  Think outside of the usual library environment— become more than what your library is now  Think about those partnerships that can extend your reach and your influence  Think carefully about what the partnership involves—obligations, funds, legalities, etc.  Put a timeframe on the partnership and then renew or cancel as needed  Have fun with them
  7. 7. MANAGING YOUR PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS  What is your current inventory of partnerships and collaborations?  How does each one contribute to the success of your library and your agency?  Where are the gaps or opportunities in your partnerships/collaborations portfolio?  What organizations can help you to fill these gaps, increase your effectiveness, and/or expand your range of services?  What does your library bring to the partnership or collaboration?  What measurable outcomes can you identify?
  8. 8. MY OWN EXAMPLE:  Current inventory  Who  What  Why  Terms  Outcomes  Partnerships/Collaborations Goals:  Collections and Access  Training and Development  Geographic Coverage  Language Capability
  9. 9. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  Blane K. Dessy  Library of Congress  bdes@loc.gov  (202) 707-3032

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