Imagine & Dream Big About Your Library (with a little help from the Phoenix)


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The Phoenix, the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, can help us to envision and plan for the future. Libraries are seeing tough times these days. What can they be reborn as? Let the idea of the Phoenix spur your thinking about what libraries can become.

From a session at CIL 12 in DC, co-presented with Rebecca Jones.

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Imagine & Dream Big About Your Library (with a little help from the Phoenix)

  1. 1. Computers in Libraries, March 2012 ~Kathy Dempsey Owner of Libraries Are Essential Editor of Marketing Library Services
  2. 2. Wikipedia
  3. 3. What will libraries be in the future?
  4. 4. CherryHill, NJPL
  5. 5. Mt.Laurel,NJ PL
  6. 6. Train stationvending machine inRotterdam, Netherlands
  7. 7. Espresso Book Machine,Brooklyn PL
  8. 8. Phone Booth libraries, NY City
  9. 9. Civil discourse…or borrow an expert?
  10. 10. Tank-turned-mobile-library inBuenos Aires,
  11. 11. “Like the passing of distinguished“Kodaks long fade individuals, the to black” passing of greatBy Michael Hiltzik corporationsDec. 4, 2011 should prompt us to ponder the ec/04/business/la-fi-hiltzik- transience of 20111204 earthly glory.”
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  13. 13. David Lankes:
  14. 14. NW: You’ve talked about Kindle being this example of working backward from the customer. Can you explain that? JB: There are two ways that companies can extend what they’re doing. One is they can take an inventory of their skills and competencies, and then they can say, “OK, with this set of skills and competencies, what else can we do?” And that’s a very useful technique that all companies should use. But there’s a second method, which takes longer-term orientation. It is to say, rather than ask what are we good at and what else can we do with that skill, you ask, who are our customers? What do they need? And then you say we’re going to give that to themfrom Newsweek, Dec 28, 2009 - Jan 4, 2010 regardless of whether we currently have the skillsJeff Bezos, founded Amazon in 1994 to do so, and we will learn those skills no matter how long it takes.
  15. 15. “There’s a tendency, I think, for executives tothink that the right course of action is to stickto the knitting—stick with what you’re goodat. That may be a generally good rule, butthe problem is the world changes out fromunder you if you’re not constantly adding toyour skill set.” Jeff Bezos, Dec. 2009
  16. 16. It is not the strongest of thespecies that survives, nor themost intelligent that survives.It is the one that ismost adaptable to change. Charles Darwin
  17. 17. ShanachieTour video,filmed at CIL 2009 inadvance of the Spring2009 UGame ULearnconference in theNetherlands. Here,the idea of the LibraryPhoenix was born.
  18. 18.  Reports from organizations like ICMA Blogs, listservs, LinkedIn, Facebook Industry magazines, newsletters Conferences TED Talks Harvard Business Review Outside businesses and leaders Library TV shows
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  20. 20. This WeekIn Libraries,episode 39, Aug. 12, 11
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  23. 23. BeProactive!
  24. 24. Bye Bye,Britannica!
  25. 25. GetYourPhoenixOn!