This is a catch up post.
On June 8, Sharon and Dan Wiseman and I finished up our three workshop series "Reinventing Libraries" for the Indiana Cooperative Library Service Authority. It was most thought-provoking and engaging!
We started with an "around the room" asking folks what they had done since we started in April. Answers included:
Loaded IM on all public computers so library patrons can use their screenames
One person said "I now get 95% of my news from blogs"
One person started a blog
We also discussed the unintended consequences of technology, specifically all the planning that went into a library computer lab that now has frequent use, including a group of folks looking to meet their matches on match.com!
Most of the day was focused on optimizing technology and what new technolgies are out there that libraries pondering. Here's a previous post from that day with the presentation, which is yet another update of this huge talk I've been giving since the spring.
It was intriguing to see how folks took to some of the new stuff. The slides about gaming certainly got people thinking, which lead to a discussion that lasted almost 45 minutes. It was fascinating: back and forth discussion with some folks resistant to the idea of GAMES in the library and then a library director in the room put up her hand and simply said "We host Halo parties at my library..." Woohoo!
Then we identified the top technologies from the presentation folks were fired up about and wanted to discuss and broke into groups. Each group met for 30 minutes to discuss planning steps and implementation. A debrief followed with some "next step" discussion and a round up of the whole experience.
Overall, I'm glad I got to participate in such a wonderful experience. It was an excellent group of engaged librarians. I learned a lot.
I'm in Kokomo, IN for part 3 of the 3 session series of workshops I have been presenting with Sharon and Dan Wiseman. Today, I present a version of my "Optimizing Tech" talk to 25 Indiana librarians, followed by group practice planning for technology!
Here's the updated PPT as a PDF:
After the session today, I zip across Indiana to west lafayette to meet up with the one and only Scott Brandt!
Dan is talking about levels of change and prerequisites for sustained change in libraries:
"If you are just looking at what is happening at the top of the organization, you may be missing what's happening on the people level. Without a clear vision, mission and leadership strategy, your library may be plagued by low morale and staff resistant to change."