M inimal  E ffort for  M aximum  O utreach to broaden your library’s impact! Gayle Gunderson, Colorado Christian Universit...
(Gayle Gunderson did a great job in the first part of the presentation, where she talked about a series of collaborations ...
Two smaller collaborations… Dead Man Walking Theater Project  (April 2010) Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi Keynote...
Naropa University a Buddhist-inspired, non-sectarian, private liberal arts institution in Boulder, CO 2009 undergraduate e...
Know your goal and target audience.
Be flexible.
Don’t stress the metrics.
“ Any topic, any audience, anywhere, anytime.”
Benefits <ul><li>Enhanced visibility for the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved goodwill among colleagues. </li></ul><ul>...
Drawbacks <ul><li>A lot is not under your control. </li></ul><ul><li>The potential exists to become a victim of your succe...
In conclusion… <ul><li>“ How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, yo...
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The library directors at Colorado Christian University and Naropa University discussed how their libraries have used campus and library events to broaden their libraries’ reach and impact. In 2009, Colorado Christian University hosted a special exhibit about Abraham Lincoln that presented many opportunities to collaborate with students, faculty, the President, and with folks outside the community. Also in 2009, Naropa University’s Library participated in a visit to their campus by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi. This presentation aimed to help academic librarians seek “natural collaborations” on campus that are relatively easy to do and have great impact.

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  • Good morning! I’m Gayle Gunderson, library director at Colorado Christian University and I’m (Mark) the library director at Naropa University in Boulder. Mark and I will share our experiences with Mark’s term, “Natural collaborations” ; collaborations that feel natural, take minimal effort and which can produce maximum outreach for the library. In 2009 we each experienced successful natural collaborations with faculty through special events that we either hosted or were involved with at our institutions. These events fostered all kinds of collaboration work that really extended our library’s impact.
  • Minimize your Effort and Maximize Outreach to Broaden Your Library's Impact

    1. 1. M inimal E ffort for M aximum O utreach to broaden your library’s impact! Gayle Gunderson, Colorado Christian University Mark Kille, Naropa University May 21, 2010
    2. 2. (Gayle Gunderson did a great job in the first part of the presentation, where she talked about a series of collaborations with faculty, students and staff that arose naturally out of her library’s exhibition of “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times” in 2009. You should consider contacting her to find out more about it. I did the second part of the presentation, which follows here.)
    3. 3. Two smaller collaborations… Dead Man Walking Theater Project (April 2010) Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi Keynote Lecture and Symposium (October 2009)
    4. 4. Naropa University a Buddhist-inspired, non-sectarian, private liberal arts institution in Boulder, CO 2009 undergraduate enrollment: 464 2009 graduate enrollment: 592 2009 student-faculty ratio: 12:1 Total number of permanent professional positions in the University Library and Archives: 1 Images of the Allen Ginsberg Library
    5. 5. Know your goal and target audience.
    6. 6. Be flexible.
    7. 7. Don’t stress the metrics.
    8. 8. “ Any topic, any audience, anywhere, anytime.”
    9. 9. Benefits <ul><li>Enhanced visibility for the library. </li></ul><ul><li>Improved goodwill among colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater accountability. </li></ul><ul><li>Insight into perspectives of colleagues and students. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Drawbacks <ul><li>A lot is not under your control. </li></ul><ul><li>The potential exists to become a victim of your success. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborators may presume on your discretion in applying library policies. </li></ul>
    11. 11. In conclusion… <ul><li>“ How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct, just like hunger. Whether you like it or not, you become hungry. Similarly with fear. But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have never been convinced throughout my life that one needs to be imitating others.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Shirin Ebadi </li></ul>Thanks for being part of this shared experience with us—we wish you the best in your own “natural collaborations”!

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