Oak Park Public Library launches a new Idea Box installation. What a wonderful way to tap into users’ hopes and dreams! Kudos OPPL!
#eveningfire 05/17/2013 (San Jose, California – Congrats SLIS Grads), a photo by mstephens7 on Flickr.
I am honored to be in Strathmore, Alberta today at the libraries’ workshop for Marigold Library System. My keynote presentation slides are here:
The slides are here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensUPDATEDLearningEverywhereOhio.pdf
I am honored to be spending the day at my hometown library for staff development institute: Traverse Area District Library. Take a look at this page of stats they make available:
Please take a look at their Web site and catalog – built on Evergreen. To me, this library is an outstanding example of making things WORK on so many levels. I’m speaking this afternoon – the slides are here:
What prompted the need for a Risk and Reward Conference?
Shelley and Stacie can provide the back-story about how this initially came about.
Shelley Walchak (SW): Libraries across the country have been deeply concerned about their future since the beginning of the recession, and yet, one Colorado library district – Anythink Libraries (Rangeview Library District in Adams County) seemed to be resistant to the downturn. In fact, within the last 5 years they have built or remodeled seven libraries and won ALA’s National Medal as well as the John Cotton Dana Marketing Award.
SW: Colorado libraries were curious as to how Director Pam Smith and her staff were so successful. As I worked with libraries across Colorado, directors and staff wanted to understand Anythink’s successes. And so, a visit with Pam Smith, followed by a discussion with her Manager of Communications, Stacie Ledden, led to the development of a committee to create a conference that would explore Anythink’s successes. Without the following committee members, R-Squared: The Risk & Reward Conference would not have been born: John Bellina and Tasso Stathopulos from Ricochet Ideas, Barb Brattin (Telluride), Susan Dobbs (Anythink) , Shelly Drumm (formerly with Colorado State Library (CSL), Ryan Ewers (Aurora), Jamie Hollier (CSL), Scott Lupo (Anythink), Steve Hansen (formerly Anythink), Valerie Horton (Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), Christine Kreger (CSL), Stacie Ledden (Anythink), Sharon Morris (CSL), Judy Poe (Bayfield) , Elena Rosenfeld (Weld), Crystal Schimpf, (CSL), Pam Smith (Anythink), Judy Van Acker (CLiC), and Shelley Walchak (CSL).
Stacie Ledden (SL): Once Pam and Shelley started talking about launching a conference, they brought in the Anythink Communications team.
SL: At the time we were working on an exhibit for Anythink called “The Power of Creativity,” which will be on display at R-Squared. The exhibit highlights six characteristics of creative individuals–originality, curiosity, risk-taking, open-mindedness, connecting, productivity–and its purpose is to show people that creativity manifests itself in many different ways. It’s not just artists, writers, dancers, musicians who are creative: everyone has some creative ability.
Click the link above to read the whole interview.
Internet Librarian International 2013 – Call for Speakers
Internet Librarian International is the innovation and technology conference for information professionals. The conference attracts hundreds of library and information professionals from around the world and focuses on the exchange of ideas and experience.
Our focus this year: Smart Solutions to Real Challenges
Internet Librarian International 2013 will take place at Olympia in London on 15 and 16 October (with pre-event workshops scheduled for 14 October). We invite participation from a wide range of professionals from all over the world to share success stories and lessons learned. How are you developing and delivering transformative information services and products? We are looking for speakers and panellists from all types of libraries – public, academic, government, national or commercial – as well as those working outside a ‘traditional’ library setting.
This year the conference will be looking at how innovative information professionals and the services they offer can make a real difference in the lives of clients and end users – whether they are individuals or organisations. This is your chance to share your expertise, make connections and benefit from the insights and experiences of others.
Possible topics fall under the following headings. Visit the website to make your submission:
- Career opportunities – new skills and new roles
- Community engagement
- Delivering high impact services
- Educating and mentoring users
- ‘Everything everywhere’
- Managing and maximising eresources eg e-books
- Marketing the service and reaching new audiences
- New and innovative uses of technology
- Open access, new publishing models and their impact on information services
- Real-time information provision
- Reconfiguring the library space
- Supporting research and innovation
- The latest search and discovery techniques
- Transforming services and products
- Understanding user needs
- Ideas for full day workshops
How do I participate? If you would like to be considered as a speaker, please submit your ideas here.
Please note that most presentations are no longer than 20 minutes duration.
The deadline for submissions is 12 April 2013.
The advisory committee will review all submissions and you will be notified in May 2013. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a free registration to the full conference, which includes lunches and a drinks reception.
We’re looking forward to receiving your suggestions and ideas.
Val Skelton – Programme Director
Katherine Allen – Conference Director
Monica Harris at Oak Park PL writes: “Its snowy and cold here in Chicago, so we’ve added a pop up park to our Idea Box space at the Oak Park Public Library this month – complete with solar powered fountain, park benches, and chirping bird songs. Take a look at the space.”
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