Manlibnet 2013(modified4)


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Entrepreneurial approaches to library services of the Future
As the world of librarianship is evolving rapidly to incorporate ever expanding emerging technologies, the need to innovatively embrace strategic approaches to information access and delivery has become crucial than ever before.

Social engagement, knowledge creation and information sharing are becoming instrumental in global partnership traversing across the information world. The questions arise: what are those different traits that the librarians need to learn and apply in order to succeed in the changing landscape? How can those skills be acquired?

Entrepreneurial librarianship can motivate librarians to envision new ways of providing services to their clients. This presentation also highlights some of those traits and how they can influence today's libraries to create innovative service delivery models aimed at benefiting their clients. By focusing on dreams, data collection and analysis, innovation and forward thinking, librarians must explore futuristic needs of their communities in order to envision ways of delivering solutions.

The presentation will provide examples of Entrepreneurial approaches used in areas such as:

Physical and digital space
Liaison roles
Future of reference

I will also address the crucial importance of collaborating with the other subject area librarians as Interdisciplinary focus has gained tremendous momentum among institutions. Partnerships and collaborations are also the crucial components of entrepreneurial librarianship.

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Manlibnet 2013(modified4)

  1. 1. Jay Bhatt Liaison Librarian for Engineering Drexel University
  2. 2.  New research initiatives in institutions, universities and organizations worldwide ◦ Multidisciplinary Fields: Nanomedicine, Entrepreneurship, Business and Technology, Translational Research and many more ◦ More research being done and more expected  Innovation…Innovation…Innovation ◦ (Researchers) Knowledge of information necessary to enhance information literacy skills ◦ (Librarians) need to keep updated with current developments in their institutions  Envision new ways of providing services to foster creative and learning environments
  3. 3. ◦ Vision document that defines ‘strategy of the library’ that supports its mission. Focus on future growth and development. (Source: The Entrepreneurial Librarian, p.33) ◦ Drexel University Libraries Strategic Plan: 2012-2017 ◦ Some features include:  Utilize evidence of client expectations for excellence and other data to manage the Libraries – What do they need?  Introduce learners to information in scholarship that is unknown to them. – How do they about new scholarship?  Support teachers’ efforts to equip students with information literacy skills to delve into the scholarship of their major. ◦ Source:
  4. 4.  Institutional needs are changing fast. ◦ New programs and courses  distance education  Collaborative, team based, global research and educational partnerships  Change from traditional approaches required ◦ How do we envision new ways of successful library partnerships?  Can we apply Entrepreneurial traits?  But then what are these traits?
  5. 5.  The key to a librarian's success: developing entrepreneurial traits (Tofty, 2002) provide some examples such traits. These include: ◦ User relations, innovative thinking, and people management: passion ◦ Creativity ◦ Flexibilty ◦ Self Confidence ◦ Enthusiasm ◦ Persistence ◦ Responsibility (Toftoy, C. N. (2002). The key to a librarian's sucess: Developing entrepreneurial traits. Information Outlook (U.S.A.), 6(6), 42-4, 47. Retrieved from Other important traits: Social entreprenership, Leadership, Risk taking, Energetic, Dynamic, Flexible, Forward thinking, Visionary, Customer focus, Keeping current with new developments, Groupwork, Collaboration
  6. 6.  Making connections and develop relationships ◦ Be creative, enthusiastic and persistent ◦ Be flexible. Try new approaches (social events, lunch meetings, coffee table conversations, etc.)  Faculty members highlight resources in their classes – Collaboration ◦ Faculty members demonstrate the value of information research using databases. ◦ Collaboration with librarians ◦ Students learn by examples
  7. 7.  Connections (Reaching out to your customers) ◦ Campus Walks – make new connections ◦ Social Networks ◦ Faculty meetings  Increase awareness of resources and services  Networking with student associations ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Drexel Neural Engineering Drexel Robotics club Society of Women Engineers Engineering Graduate Student Association Drexel IEEE student chapters
  8. 8. ◦ Interact with faculty and students ◦ One small informal conversation can be an informative experience ◦ Faculty meetings  Interactive conversations to show electronic tools, blogs and research guides  Research and consultation support through course management systems  Collection requests for books, journals and  Requests for information sessions
  9. 9.  Graduate Student Lounge ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦   A new space for graduate students Office hours set up for consultations Laptop and mobile phones Teaching information skills on devices An opportunity to make connections Conversations help gauge student information needs ◦ Develop strategies to help with their needs
  10. 10.  Liaisons for math, science, engineering, health sciences, and media arts & design are experimenting different strategies for embedding their expertise: ◦ Coaching to biology and environmental science graduate and undergraduate students near their lounge. ◦ Health sciences librarians routinely participate in weekly and monthly departmental meetings of the programs. ◦ Faculty, residents, students, and staff from many areas interact and provide feedback ◦ (Source:
  11. 11.     Thank you! Would love to learn more from your experiences Applicable to all disciplines Thoughts and questions Jay Bhatt  Liaison Librarian for Engineering   215-895-1873  