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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
  • 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 or Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County