Transformation of Libraries Teleconference

I mentioned at the last Tech Talk meeting that I would blog about the teleconference I attended on March 23rd – I’m only a week and half late! Here are the notes I took – I’ve added links and done a little editing.

RIT Library– (slides) strategic plan to make libraries more visible on campus

  • Better use of facility,staff, marketing
  • Flexibility in structure- empowerment over beurocracy
  • Customer service is constantly changing
  • Scholarship & publishing, university press, open access journals, Institutional Repository, lecture series, special events.
  • 500 ILL classes a year
  • Open forums to generate feedback

Biblioteca las Americanos

  • Partnerships- faculty, students & teachers, work with other librarians (from different arenas:public, academic, etc.)
  • 95% of their students go on to college!!
  • Every day they examine what they do

San Diego County Library (Valley Center Branch) (slides)- Integrated teen services (invited them to a pizza party to determine what teens wanted) Let teens organize programs – elected officers, named Café Beat, gave them a budget. Teen Blog.

  • Movie nights
  • Mothers day event
  • Helped kids make gingerbread houses
  • Like art projects, origami
  • Cinco de mayo
  • Haunted house

Not to view teens as a threat, but as an asset

U-Mass Amherst (slides)

Lost staffing & org budget, lost 20% of library staff

  • Renovated public areas for 21st century – learning commons
  • New seating, comfy space, café, wifi, manipulatable spaces, allow food & drink
  • New community center on campus

Now faculty & grads want a “research commons” for them!

Don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves, have to get things together.

Salt Lake City Public Library (slides)

More than dealing with change. New lexicon.

  • Aspire – think/dream big, involve community
  • Reflect – thoughtful assessment
  • Be more inclusive – build communities w/ businesses, partners
  • Connect – youth living in both a real and virtual environments
  • Bridge – create strengths/understanding, engage in civil discourse.
  • Perspective – attitude, new frame of reference
  • Takes heart to make transformative change (they have fireplaces). Societal rituals help build community.
  • Courage – take risks

New roles of staff, reaching out for partnershps, better customer service. Responsiveness to community. Creating an environment where librarians want to be helps them to provide better customer service.

SUNY Geneseo

Preserving a sense of tradition in the midst of change

Look for Minerva to brand MilneLlibrary.

Class of 2005 wanted to present a new statue as the senior gift.

Making a new space that can be easily transformed from computer lab, auditorium, banquet hall, study space.

Ann Arbor District Library (slides)

  • Library as place.
  • Had to create a public library administration from scratch
  • Build branches w/green materials
  • Use natural lighting. Very welcoming.
  • Always ask public what they want, and listen to what they say.
  • 200% increase in website use. Use library blogs to communicate with community. Take comments from public.
  • Teen blog is most successful – usually get 100 comments per post.
  • Change the way things work inside the library -use “leaning”? technique to facilitate internal flexibility.
  • Change takes will. Identify leaders.
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~ by Anali on April 2, 2007.

3 Responses to “Transformation of Libraries Teleconference”

  1. […] Kerri Aldrich wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSan Diego County Library (Valley Center Branch) (slides)- Integrated teen services (invited them to a pizza party to determine what teens wanted) Let teens organize programs – elected officers, named Café Beat, gave them a budget. … […]

  2. […] Arno Hollosi (mailto:ahollosi@xmp.net) wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptKerri Aldrich wrote an interesting post today onHere’sa quick excerptSan Diego County Library (Valley Center Branch) (slides)- Integrated teen services (invited them to a pizza party to determine what teens wanted) Let teens organize … […]

  3. Thanks for sharing, Anali. I am particularly interested in how AADL changes the way things work by using “leaning” technique. Do you have more information on that?

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