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Evidence-Based Innovation 
Presented by Kim Silk 
Data Librarian, Martin Prosperity 
Institute 
Rotman School of Managemen...
Thinking About Innovation 
• R. David Lankes – 
The Atlas of New 
Librarianship (2011) 
• Pew Research 
Internet Life Proj...
Some Assumptions 
• Innovation = doing something new. 
• There is always change, and therefore 
always something new; 
• O...
Questions to Consider 
(hint: there are no “right” answers)
Lankes Asks: Why Innovate? 
Source: Lankes, 2011
Innovation sounds great, but it’s 
hard… 
• How can we avoid the creativity-killing 
anxiety that arises 
surrounding bein...
Community Research Can Help 
Source: Innovative library services ‘in the wild’ by Kathryn Zickuhr, Pew Research
Self-Study Can Help 
(Economic) Impact Study 
Audit of Activities 
Evidence of Change 
Knowledge Strategic Planning
What do we need? More 
research  
Over to you, Stephen!
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Evidence-Based Innovation

  1. 1. Evidence-Based Innovation Presented by Kim Silk Data Librarian, Martin Prosperity Institute Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
  2. 2. Thinking About Innovation • R. David Lankes – The Atlas of New Librarianship (2011) • Pew Research Internet Life Project
  3. 3. Some Assumptions • Innovation = doing something new. • There is always change, and therefore always something new; • Our communities are constantly changing; • Libraries are the heart of our communities, therefore we must innovate to anticipate and adapt to change; • Libraries are both a community, and an organization; we serve internal and external stakeholders.
  4. 4. Questions to Consider (hint: there are no “right” answers)
  5. 5. Lankes Asks: Why Innovate? Source: Lankes, 2011
  6. 6. Innovation sounds great, but it’s hard… • How can we avoid the creativity-killing anxiety that arises surrounding being told to innovate? • Is there ever a time when something is going so well that we should stop innovating for a while? • How can we tell? Source: Lankes, 2011
  7. 7. Community Research Can Help Source: Innovative library services ‘in the wild’ by Kathryn Zickuhr, Pew Research
  8. 8. Self-Study Can Help (Economic) Impact Study Audit of Activities Evidence of Change Knowledge Strategic Planning
  9. 9. What do we need? More research  Over to you, Stephen!

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