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IL2008: Fostering Innovation


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A presentation at Internet Librarian 2008 by Frank Blair, Thomas Kozak, Tom Cole, and Paul Devillo of PLCMC

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IL2008: Fostering Innovation

  1. 1. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Frank Blair Thomas Kozak Tom Cole Paul DeVillo Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
  2. 2. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Tech Scholars Frank Blair Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
  3. 3. Fostering Innovation and Creativity <ul><li>The PLCMC Technology Scholars Program provides employees with a six-month scholarship opportunity to take innovative ideas that they have for new or expanded library services and make them a reality. </li></ul><ul><li>The program supports two scholars at a time and is open to any full-time employee who has at least one year of service. </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded in 2008 to include a Community Tech Scholar </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fostering Innovation and Creativity <ul><li>We are just completing our second set of projects and planning for our 2009 recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Barry Newman-2007 Technology Tools for Homeschool and After School </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Cole-2007 Live Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Engelbrecht-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming Creation, Programming and Promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Kozak-2008 Learn and Share Wiki </li></ul>
  5. 5. Fostering Innovation and Creativity <ul><li>Technology Scholars are the library’s own mini Fulbright scholars. </li></ul><ul><li>The program is designed to encourage staff to stretch their wings and provide leadership opportunities for ideas that can benefit our customers and the library. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Fostering Innovation and Creativity <ul><li>Selecting Candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Look for individuals who: </li></ul><ul><li>Question the status quo </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerate risk gladly </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibit patience </li></ul><ul><li>Trust the process </li></ul><ul><li>Are open to unexpected outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate an ability to ‘leverage resources’ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Innovation Cycle <ul><li>Idea generation </li></ul><ul><li>Incubation </li></ul><ul><li>Experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation/Analysis </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fostering Innovation and Creativity <ul><li>It is not enough to budget dollars for innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>You must also budget time for innovation! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Technology Scholar Hands-On Experience Learn & Share Wiki Thomas Kozak Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
  10. 10. Project Snapshot <ul><li>Sharing information with a wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share knowledge between departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick access to commonly-needed info </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Recruiting Applicants <ul><li>Ideas are out there </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday problems are the seeds for proposals </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden your applicant base </li></ul><ul><li>Reach beyond your normal movers and shakers </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. Mentoring <ul><li>Provide guidance for working with your organizational structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project-building experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies for innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource availability </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Planning & Design <ul><li>Project as a test-bed for learning and exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Building knowledge and testing options </li></ul><ul><li>Free & Open-Source options </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility and low-cost experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Construction <ul><li>Developing and prototyping the project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with existing services and departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision-making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gathering input </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Ongoing Development <ul><li>Implementation & Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Tool-Building </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing requests for extra features or applications </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting with users </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a place for new tools in everyday work-flow </li></ul>
  16. 16. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Technology Scholar Hands-On Experience Live Online Learning Tom Cole Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
  17. 17. Define your deliverable.
  18. 18. Don’t be a hermit!
  19. 19. Understand Costs $
  20. 20. <ul><li>Know your material </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to your testers </li></ul>
  21. 21. Repeat the test
  22. 22. Implementation
  23. 23. Fostering Innovation and Creativity Implementation of Tech Scholar Projects Paul DeVillo Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County 
  24. 24. Digital Times
  25. 25. The Gaming Zone
  26. 26. Live Online Learning
  27. 27. PLCMC Learn & Share
  28. 28. Fostering Innovation and Creativity You may review these slides online at or Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County