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Discovering Opportunities in Challenging Times: A Workshop for Librarians
SWFLN May 26, 2009

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  • We can be realists AND optimists. Look at positive and negative, then consider where the upside and opportunities are.We have to take responsibility for our actionsAdversity has the power to build your character and strengthen your spirit
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    1. 1. A Workshop for Librarians presented by Pamela MacKellar mackellarconsulting@comcast.net Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Southwest Florida Library Network
    2. 2. 1. Introduce yourself, your position/the work you do, your library 2. Are you experiencing obstacles or barriers in your library or in your work? 3. What are some of them? 4. How are you handling them?
    3. 3.  Librarian with >25 years experience in public, tribal, special, school, post secondary technical school libraries, state library agency  Author  Speaker and trainer  Independent library consultant
    4. 4. Share what I have learned about:  Basics of libraries and librarianship  Importance of your library’s mission, vision and plan  Meeting community’s information needs  Designing goals and projects to meet needs  Funding library projects with grants  Removing “barrier thinking”****
    5. 5. RemovingBarrie rs Chapter 14 www.accidentallibrarian.com
    6. 6.  Take a closer look at obstacles and barriers  Learn techniques you can use to change your mind about obstacles  Learn about opportunities for librarians  Start on an action plan you can use
    7. 7. A Closer Look at Obstacles, Barriers and Challenges
    8. 8. Obstacle Exercise – 10 minutes  Fill in as many blanks as you can on the worksheet.  Be honest with yourself.  You will not be asked to share what is on this worksheet. It is for your use only.
    9. 9. CBS News story “The Economy and Libraries” http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=47 71080n Are you experiencing any of these things?
    10. 10.  Sometimes things have to get really bad before we take action  This is a wake-up call from our bad behavior  Now we have to change  Adversities ahead will teach us lessons  An abundance of opportunities are surfacing
    11. 11. Obstacles are negative thinking patterns that result from internal or external events, factors or circumstances
    12. 12.  Block positive thought  Prevent you from seeing opportunities  Intolerant and inflexible  Drain your energy  Cause stress, worry, illness  Cause anger  Block creativity  Win-lose  Reduce productivity  Resist new ideas
    13. 13. When you focus on NEGATIVE THOUGHTS you make them stronger
    14. 14. When you focus on WHAT IS MISSING you attract what is missing
    15. 15.  Reality is ever-changing  If something is a reality now it doesn’t mean it is always going to be a reality  How we frame or perceive reality is our choice  We can flip a negative into a positive
    16. 16. When you see mostly and you remind yourself and others about them over and over, day in and day out, year in and year out, eventually …
    17. 17. Negative thinking patterns are learned and they can be unlearned. Martin Seligman
    18. 18.  Approach a person, thing or situation  Open to new ideas and experiences  Broaden our resources  People like us better  We engage  Coalitions are more likely to establish  Mental set is tolerant, expansive and creative
    19. 19. Event Positive (Opportunity) Circumstance Choice Factor Negative (Obstacle)
    20. 20. “We are troubled not by the things of the world but, rather, by our perception of those things.” Marcus Aurelius, 2nd century AD
    21. 21. “If you think you can – or if you think you can’t … you’re right.” Henry Ford
    22. 22. If you can create your own reality
    23. 23. Why not choose to focus on seeing opportunities?
    24. 24. Techniques You Can Use
    25. 25.  Learned Optimism Test from Dr. Martin Seligman’s book  Human Mind Project Optimism/Pessimism Test  Spirituality & Health Optimism Test  Psychology Today Optimism/Pessimism Test  Happier.com Positivity Test and Optimism Test  Univ. of Penn. Positive Psychology Center
    26. 26.  Learned Optimism Test from Dr. Martin Seligman’s book - http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande271/onlinetools/Lear nedOpt.html  Human Mind Project Optimism/Pessimism Test - http://www.learnmyself.com/personality.asp?p=Optimism- Test  Spirituality & Health Optimism Test - http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/selftest/item _236.html  Psychology Today Optimism/Pessimism Test - http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?i dRegTest=1320  Happier.com Positivity Test and Optimism Test- http://www.happier.com/assessment.htm  Univ. of Penn. Positive Psychology Center - http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx
    27. 27. “You and I are infinite choice-makers” Deepak Chopra
    28. 28. Natural defenses sometimes kick in before we have a chance to think
    29. 29. Eliminate these words Replace them with these words We can’t We can I don’t think I know We don’t have enough ___ We will make enough ____ I’m afraid of I’m confident If I will Doubt Expect the best It’s impossible All things are possible
    30. 30. Give what you are doing your full attention Complete one task before going on to the next
    31. 31. Know your library’s plan, mission, vision and goals
    32. 32. Know where you are going Writing a Mission Statement http://www.docstoc.com/docs/2135622/samp le-personal-mission-statement
    33. 33. “After my house burned down, I saw the moon more clearly.” Old Zen saying
    34. 34. Notice what is right
    35. 35. Write down any opportunities you see
    36. 36.  MaintainIT  WebJunction  TechSoup  Library Open Source Webinars (nominal fee)  SirsiDynix Institute archive  100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials  Sarah Long’s Podcast  State Library Agency/Library Network/Consortia  Read
    37. 37.  MaintainIT - http://www.maintainitproject.org/  WebJunction - http://www.webjunction.org/1  TechSoup - http://www.techsoup.org/  Library Open Source Webinars (nominal fee) - http://librarywebinars.blogspot.com/  SirsiDynix Institute archive - http://www.sirsidynixinstitute.com/archive.php  100 Free Library 2.0 Webinars and Tutorials - http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2008/05/29 /100-free-library-20-webinars-and-tutorials/  Sarah Long’s Podcast - http://www.librarybeat.org/longshots
    38. 38. Finding Opportunities
    39. 39.  Grants  Partnerships  Volunteers  Outreach
    40. 40. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/woissues/washfun ding/fedfund/arra101.cfm FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill  contains $171.5 million for the Grants to State Library Agencies program within the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=2291 - an increase of more than $10 million over last year Library Grants Blog librarygrants.blogspot.com
    41. 41.  Be prepared ◦ Projects, plans, data, documented needs ready  Stay up-to-date with new developments re ARRA  Sign up for grants alerts  It’s about the people not the money  Collaborate and partner
    42. 42.  Local businesses and corporations  Local agencies, non-profits, organizations  Schools  Other departments in your organization  Other libraries – reciprocal borrowing, combined programs, collaborating on projects  Museums
    43. 43.  Identify jobs that need to be done  Assess volunteers’ skills  Match volunteer with the jobs requiring skills  Interview and evaluate  Consider project-based or temporary volunteer jobs
    44. 44.  You have an audience – libraries are visible  Reach out to people who don’t use the library  Meet new community needs  Tell community about your plans, projects  Be vocal  Market the library
    45. 45.  Leanne Hathcock  Maureen O’Connor  Martha Liebert
    46. 46. Digital Media Arts Program  Fulfills need in community  Goal and purpose driven  Funded by multiple sources  Multiple partners involved  New “library paradigm” model for community
    47. 47.  Aztec UFO Symposium  Alien Run Mountain Bike Competition  Disney movie
    48. 48.  Aztec UFO Symposium - http://www.aztecufo.com/home.html  Alien Mountain Bike Competition - http://www.alienrun.com/  Disney movie - http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/docs/hitchhik er/hh%201681.pdf
    49. 49.  “Small town” thinking  Breaking out of “libraries don’t do that” paradigm  Lack of support from some town leaders  Lack of support from some library board members
    50. 50.  Stay committed  Think big  Strive for a purpose or goal  Stay in your power  Keep trying  Be fearless  Don’t listen to criticism  Just jump into it  Believe in yourself
    51. 51.  Solution to challenging after-school situation  Provides positive atmosphere for youth age 7-15  Activities that help them succeed  Funded by NYS Div Criminal Justice  Led to more opportunities for library
    52. 52.  First have a plan, vision and mission  Know your library’s goals  Know your community’s needs  Be brave  Believe in yourself  Be persistent  Think outside the box  Focus on solutions
    53. 53.  Look at your Obstacle Exercise  Pick 3 obstacles from the list  On the back, write 3 positive statements responding to the 3obstacles For 30 days Consciously practice these 3 positive statements when responding to the corresponding obstacles
    54. 54.  Pick 3 things from the 10 Things Handout  Write down what you will do to cultivate each one  Consciously practice this for 30 days
    55. 55.  What negative thoughts about your work situation go through your mind regularly? (See Self-Evaluation)  What thoughts about your work situation must you face to turn your attitude around?  Write down one attitude you want to adjust or thought pattern you want to redirect.  Practice changing this attitude or thought pattern for 30 days.
    56. 56.  At first try something easy  Start small  Enjoy the process  Be flexible  Loosen up, it doesn’t have to be perfect  Spread the word about your success  Don’t forget to look for opportunities
    57. 57. Good luck! Pam MacKellar mackellarconsulting@comcast.net

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