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Finding your niche

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Finding your niche

  1. 1. finding your niche
  2. 2. leveraging limited resources to build a digital program
  3. 3. the good news and the bad news
  4. 4. look to the future
  5. 5. look to the past
  6. 6. assess strengths
  7. 7. acknowledge weaknesses
  8. 8. seek opportunities
  9. 9. take opportunities
  10. 10. beware of mission drift
  11. 11. continually stretch
  12. 12. take risks
  13. 13. network like crazy
  14. 14. seek advice
  15. 15. fast paced is better
  16. 16. learn from failures
  17. 17. leverage successes
  18. 18. celebrate success
  19. 19. money means a lot but it’s not everything
  20. 20. not everything you do will be meaningful, but make sure something is
  21. 21. so now the specifics…
  22. 23. assess strengths <ul><li>50 years of microfilming </li></ul><ul><li>30 years of oral history </li></ul><ul><li>good relationship with partners in the state </li></ul>
  23. 24. acknowledge weaknesses <ul><li>high competition for resources </li></ul><ul><li>mired in activities </li></ul><ul><li>we can’t easily jettison </li></ul><ul><li>“ wring our hands” mentality </li></ul>
  24. 25. seek opportunities <ul><li>opportunity to coordinate </li></ul><ul><li>state digital library </li></ul><ul><li>just the right grant </li></ul>
  25. 26. take opportunities <ul><li>choose projects strategically </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Trustees minutes </li></ul><ul><li>yearbooks </li></ul><ul><li>student newspaper </li></ul>
  26. 27. beware of mission drift <ul><li>too easy to say yes to </li></ul><ul><li>fund-generating proposals </li></ul><ul><li>what you can do and what you should do are not always the same thing </li></ul>
  27. 28. continually stretch <ul><li>generate lots of ideas and pick from them </li></ul><ul><li>you won’t always hit the mark but eventually you will raise the bar </li></ul>
  28. 29. take risks
  29. 30. network like crazy <ul><li>have an elevator statement </li></ul><ul><li>find places to tell your story </li></ul>
  30. 31. seek advice <ul><li>call in experts </li></ul><ul><li>attend as many training opportunities as possible </li></ul>
  31. 32. fast paced is better <ul><li>has melded our group together </li></ul><ul><li>entrepreneurial environment </li></ul>
  32. 33. leverage successes <ul><li>turn one success into another </li></ul>
  33. 34. celebrate successes <ul><li>personal thanks mean a lot </li></ul><ul><li>acknowledgements </li></ul><ul><li>parties </li></ul>
  34. 35. learn from failures <ul><li>don’t repeat mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>if you can help it </li></ul>
  35. 36. money means a lot but it’s not everything <ul><li>space </li></ul><ul><li>equipment </li></ul><ul><li>goodwill </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  36. 37. not everything you do will be meaningful, but make sure something is
  37. 38. Preservation and Digital Programs University of Kentucky Libraries
  38. 49. checklist <ul><li>FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS </li></ul><ul><li>be a good steward with other people’s money </li></ul><ul><li>aim for continuous improvement </li></ul>
  39. 50. checklist <ul><li>support your team well </li></ul><ul><li>tell your story </li></ul><ul><li>have FUN! </li></ul>

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