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Discovering Opportunities in Difficult Times - ABQLA


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Presentation at the Quebec Library Association (ABQLA) May 8, 2010

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Discovering Opportunities in Difficult Times - ABQLA

  1. 1. Discovering Opportunitiesin Difficult Times <br />presented by<br />Pamela MacKellar<br />May 8, 2010<br />Quebec Library Association 78th Annual Conference<br />
  2. 2. Welcome<br />
  3. 3. A funny thing happened as I was writing this book …<br />RemovingBarriers<br />Chapter 14<br />
  4. 4. This I Know for Sure<br />How we see things determines what actions we take … including how we respond in difficult circumstances.<br />
  5. 5. Part 1<br />A Closer Look at Obstacles<br />
  6. 6. Some Common Obstacles for Librarians<br />#1: The Economy<br />Budgets have been cut<br />Hours decreased, positions eliminated<br />Libraries closing<br />Not enough staff<br />Not enough time<br />Not enough money<br />We already have too much work to do<br />
  7. 7. data from Library Journal’s Annual Budget Survey<br />
  8. 8. Self-perception<br />We are just a small library in a little village<br />We are disadvantaged and underprivileged<br />We can’t improve on the services we offer<br />
  9. 9. Fear<br />I’m not sticking my neck out for a new idea<br />We don’t like taking risks<br />Failure is not an option<br />We don’t know where to start<br />
  10. 10. Resistance to Change<br />We’ve always managed just fine<br />Now is not a good time for new ideas<br />It will never happen<br />It’s not my job<br />Maybe some other time<br />
  11. 11. Diversionary<br />My director/mayor/administrator is not interested<br />There is too much bureaucracy here to get that done<br />Our computers/network/software are too old<br />We already tried that and it didn’t work<br />
  12. 12. What Obstacles Are You Facing?<br />
  13. 13. Obstacles<br />are<br />negative thinking patterns<br />that result from internal or external<br />events, factors or circumstances<br />
  14. 14.
  15. 15. CHOICE<br />Positive Thinking<br />Event<br />Circumstance<br />Factor<br />Negative Thinking<br />
  16. 16. Part 2<br />How You Can Turn<br />Obstacles intoOpportunities<br />
  17. 17. FirstBecome AwareandObserve Your Thinking Process<br />
  18. 18. Take a Self-Test<br />Learned Optimism Test - Dr. Martin Seligman<br />Optimism/Pessimism Test - Human Mind Project<br />Spirituality & Health Optimism Test<br />Optimism/Pessimism Test - Psychology Today<br />Positivity Test and Optimism Test - <br />University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center<br />Authentic Happiness Website<br />Links at<br />
  19. 19. Adjust Your ThinkingChange What You Say to Yourself<br />“You and I are infinite choice-makers” Deepak Chopra<br />
  20. 20. Natural defenses sometimes kick in<br />before we have a chance to think<br />Be Less Reactive and More Responsive<br />
  21. 21. Watch Your Language<br />
  22. 22. Give what you are doing your full attention<br />Complete one task before going on to the next<br />Do One Thing at a Time<br />
  23. 23. Update Your Personal Mission Statement<br />Know where you are going and what you are doing<br />
  24. 24. “After my house burned down, I saw the moon more clearly.”<br />Old Zen saying<br />Cultivate the Optimism HabitNotice What is Right<br />
  25. 25. Part 3<br />7 Preparedness Strategies<br />
  26. 26. 1. Have a Strategic Plan in Place<br />This is a navigational tool that will guide you in difficult times <br />
  27. 27. 2. Focus on Your Goals<br />Let them guide you in everything you do.<br />
  28. 28. 3. Know Your Community<br />
  29. 29. 4. Partner and Collaborate<br />Businesses<br />Agencies, non-profits, organizations, clubs<br />Schools<br />Other departments in your organization<br />Other libraries<br />Museums<br />
  30. 30. 5. Follow Library Funding Trends<br />
  31. 31. 6. Stay Informed<br /><ul><li>Subscribe to Library Grants Blog RSS feed
  32. 32. Sign up for grants alerts
  33. 33. Subscribe to online newsletters
  34. 34. Subscribe to librarian’s discussion lists</li></li></ul><li>7. Keep LearningLearn New Skills<br />commoncraft<br /><br />
  35. 35. Learn About New Trends<br />SirsiDynix<br /><br />
  36. 36. Learn about Library Technology<br />TechSoup for Libraries<br /><br />
  37. 37. Learn about Grants<br />Foundation Center<br /><br />
  38. 38. Learn New Ways<br />Long Shots<br /><br />
  39. 39. “If you think you can – or if you think you can’t … you’re right.”<br />Henry Ford<br />
  40. 40. Thank you!<br /><br /><br />