A heartfelt dankeschön to the US Embassy in Berlin and the Zukunftwerkstatt for sponsoring my talks in Germany. The slides are here:
Shared with my by Professor Hobohm as I travel around Germany.
A big shout out to the incredible staff of VPL for the great visit I had yesterday. I was invited by library administration to do a public library futures presentation for staff. There are some very exciting things happening at this library and I learned a lot from everyone I talked to. I repeated the talk in the afternoon for more staff and folks from nearby libraries. Thanks to all for such a warm welcome to Canada.
The slides are here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/239835/StephensVPL.pdf
Super cool article by Patricia Martin at Huffingtom Post. So glad to meet here at #rsq12
Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose — a quest that lured a gathering of 350 eager librarians to Telluride, Colorado recently for the R-Squared (Risk and Reward) Conference.
As I circulated, knots of librarians huddled to share ideas and solutions. If there was a common thread it was the need to understand the increasingly complex lives of customers. Pre-Internet, a library could be object oriented — all about books. But the confluence of digitization and a prolonged recession has triggered an evolution that puts a focus on people, not things. Doing so has a ripple effect that invigorates a community. The idea has been backed up by Forrester Research, who asserted that meeting customer needs across a life cycle, through online and off-line touchpoints, is essential to community-based innovation.
I was honored to present at the Library 2.012 Conference this year. I did two talks back to back for folks from all over the world. Here are the presentation links:
“23 Things” as Transformative Learning: Promoting Confidence, Curiosity and Communication via Library Staff Professional Development: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/239835/StephensL2.012Learning2.0.pdf
Our Common Purpose: Libraries and LIS Education in Flux: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/239835/StephensOurCommonPurpose.pdf
The recordings for the conference are here: http://www.library20.com/page/library-2-012-session-recording-links-and-information - Don’t miss the excellent keynote presentations!
That’s a quote from A New Culture of Learning - it illustrates well my thoughts about future libraries. I want to say THANK YOU to the good folks here in Wyoming who brought me in to speak at their annual meeting – I’m having a blast.
Keynote Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/239835/StephensKeynoteWyoming.pdf
Trends & Tech Presentation: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/239835/WyomingTrendsStephens.pdf
My new column is up online at LJ for this month – I wanted double word count so we went with the virtual for this one. The column is all about my experiences at R-Squared:
Over two days we explored creativity and curiosity, heard from keynoters such as Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming, and each of us chose and completed our own immersive group experience. I chose Customer Curiosity, though other options included Creative Spaces, Culture, and Abundant Community. With John Bellina and Tasso Stathopulos from the Denver marketing firm Ricochet Ideas. Ricochet is the design group that helped create Anythink and transformed services such as the Anythink summer reading program through disruptive innovation—our group worked at turning the conventions and assumptions about Banned Books Week on its ear. Ideas in the form of action briefs flowed (an action brief is a framing statement used in planning that includes who we want to convince about a service or product, how we will do it and what the service will be that makes the change). Bellina challenged us with: “If we are not offering people something new, are we really doing our jobs?”
This was unlike any library conference I have ever been to, a sentiment echoed by other participants, across Twitter, Facebook, and in the hallways of the conference center. What made the difference? I believe that active engagement promotes learning and transformation more than sitting in the room and watching PowerPoint or Keynote slides go by. We were up, we were talking, we were writing and sharing. We were walking around the room answering questions.
The conference also offered an opportunity to spend time with Jenny Levine, my friend and co-presenter for the Social Technologies Roadshow back in the day. What fun it was to spend time!
My Flickr photo set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/sets/72157631630350937/with/8027464777/
Check out all the pics here:
Still on a “Rocky Mountain high” from the R-Squared Conference experience. Sorting my thoughts… but for now some videos from the Anythink Library folks: