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IL2008: Fostering Innovation

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A presentation at Internet Librarian 2008 by Frank Blair, Thomas Kozak, Tom Cole, and Paul Devillo of PLCMC

A presentation at Internet Librarian 2008 by Frank Blair, Thomas Kozak, Tom Cole, and Paul Devillo of PLCMC


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    • 1. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Frank Blair Thomas Kozak Tom Cole Paul DeVillo Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
    • 2. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Tech Scholars Frank Blair Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
    • 3. Fostering Innovation and Creativity
      • The PLCMC Technology Scholars Program provides employees with a six-month scholarship opportunity to take innovative ideas that they have for new or expanded library services and make them a reality.
      • The program supports two scholars at a time and is open to any full-time employee who has at least one year of service.
      • Expanded in 2008 to include a Community Tech Scholar
    • 4. Fostering Innovation and Creativity
      • We are just completing our second set of projects and planning for our 2009 recruitment
      • Barry Newman-2007 Technology Tools for Homeschool and After School
      • Tom Cole-2007 Live Online Learning
      • Mark Engelbrecht-2008
      • Gaming Creation, Programming and Promotion
      • Thomas Kozak-2008 Learn and Share Wiki
    • 5. Fostering Innovation and Creativity
      • Technology Scholars are the library’s own mini Fulbright scholars.
      • The program is designed to encourage staff to stretch their wings and provide leadership opportunities for ideas that can benefit our customers and the library.
    • 6. Fostering Innovation and Creativity
      • Selecting Candidates
      • Look for individuals who:
      • Question the status quo
      • Tolerate risk gladly
      • Exhibit patience
      • Trust the process
      • Are open to unexpected outcomes
      • Demonstrate an ability to ‘leverage resources’
    • 7. Innovation Cycle
      • Idea generation
      • Incubation
      • Experimentation
      • Implementation/Analysis
    • 8. Fostering Innovation and Creativity
      • It is not enough to budget dollars for innovation.
      • You must also budget time for innovation!
    • 9. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Technology Scholar Hands-On Experience Learn & Share Wiki Thomas Kozak Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
    • 10. Project Snapshot
      • Sharing information with a wiki
        • Share knowledge between departments
        • Encourage collaboration
        • Quick access to commonly-needed info
    • 11. Recruiting Applicants
      • Ideas are out there
      • Everyday problems are the seeds for proposals
      •  
      • Broaden your applicant base
      • Reach beyond your normal movers and shakers
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    • 12. Mentoring
      • Provide guidance for working with your organizational structure
        • Project-building experience
        • Strategies for innovation
        • Resource availability
    • 13. Planning & Design
      • Project as a test-bed for learning and exploration
      • Building knowledge and testing options
      • Free & Open-Source options
      • Flexibility and low-cost experimentation
      •  
    • 14. Construction
      • Developing and prototyping the project
        • Collaboration with existing services and departments
        • Continued learning
        • Decision-making
        • Gathering input
    • 15. Ongoing Development
      • Implementation & Evaluation
      •  
      • Tool-Building
      • Continuing requests for extra features or applications
      • Connecting with users
      • Finding a place for new tools in everyday work-flow
    • 16. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Technology Scholar Hands-On Experience Live Online Learning Tom Cole Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
    • 17. Define your deliverable.
    • 18. Don’t be a hermit!
    • 19. Understand Costs $
    • 20.
      • Know your material
      • Listen to your testers
    • 21. Repeat the test
    • 22. Implementation
    • 23. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Implementation of Tech Scholar Projects Paul DeVillo Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
    • 24. Digital Times
    • 25. The Gaming Zone
    • 26. Live Online Learning
    • 27. PLCMC Learn & Share
    • 28. Fostering Innovation and Creativity You may review these slides online at http://tinyurl.com/FosteringInnovation or http://www.slideshare.net/thomaskozak/il2008-fostering-innovation-presentation Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County