Entrepreneurial Thinking: Essential Skill for Everyone!


It’s often difficult to describe things you do instinctively. I once put together a panel of SLA members asking them to describe themselves by discussing ”how do I know what I know?” SLA member Anne Mintz, at Forbes magazine at the time, told me it was one of the hardest things she had to do! My business partner, Rebecca Jones, talks about me as being curious, I am but I just found a better description in a book by Amy Wilkinson, The Creator’s Code: Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. The first skill is one I have talked about in workshops I’ve done for SLA on seeing the big picture and strategic planning; Wilkinson calls it Finding the Gap and I had called it, Looking for Opportunities or identifying pain points and finding a solution. Here’s what Wilkinson says:


By staying alert, creators spot opportunities that others don’t see. They keep their eyes open for fresh potential, a vacuum to fill, or an unmet need. Creators tend to use one of three distinct techniques: transplanting ideas across divides, designing a new way forward, or merging disparate concepts. I characterize creators who master these approaches as Sunbirds, Architects, or Integrators.

In innovating, reinventing, experimenting we do things differently, in a new way for our environment as a creator or entre/intrapreneur. I find I learn a lot from others in other industries, organizations, etc. One of the strengths of SLA has always been that those planning conference events bring

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Seeing Opportunities!


Rebecca and I have had many conversations over the years about identifying gaps and seeing opportunities, in fact we did a segment on this topic in our Seeing the Big Picture and Critical Thinking workshops. It is a skill I have and didn’t realize for many years that not everyone has this skill. In a recent article, Amy Wilkinson referred to identifying gaps and seeing opportunities as entrepreneurial alertness. I am thrilled to find her recent book The Creators Code: The Six Essential Skills for Extraordinary Entrepreneurs. Here’s a bit more info about the book. Not sure how I missed it when it was first published!

“For her landmark book, Wilkinson conducted rigorous interviews with 200 of today’s leading entrepreneurs including the founders of LinkedIn, Chipotle, eBay, Under Armour, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Spanx, Airbnb, PayPal, JetBlue, Gilt Groupe, Theranos, and Dropbox. Setting her work apart, she then drilled down through the latest academic research and analyzed data from across diverse fields, applying scientific methodology to crack the code on what it takes to go from startup to scale in our rapidly changing economy.

Evaluating companies as diverse as Yelp, Chobani, and Zipcar, Wilkinson found that their creators all share — and have honed — fundamental skills that can be learned, practiced, and passed on. Entrepreneurial success is born of daring, discipline, and the six skills she identifies, proven effective in a variety of endeavors and industries:

Find the gap: Spot opportunities that others don’t see Drive for daylight: Manage speed

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Computers in Libraries 2018 -- Program Sneak Peak!


As program director for more than 20 years for the Computers in Libraries conference, I am thrilled to introduce our keynote speakers and some of the themes to be discussed!


Rick Huijbregts, VP, Strategy & Innovation, George Brown College former VP, Digital Transformation & Innovation, Cisco Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Deputy CIO at City of Los Angeles, Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles UCLA, In Unison, Open Data Collaboratives, International Academy of Astronautics Digital Transformation & Libraries: Participatory Culture Hubs with Brendan Howley &Daniel Lee, Co-Founders, Icebox Logic — using media & stories! Facts in the Digital Age: Coping in an Era of Total Noise! with popular #CILDC speaker Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center & others! Games, Gadgets & Makerspaces: Conference Opening Networking Event!

Lots of wonderful speakers will be participating, some returning, popular experts, some new & exciting. Key themes:

Navigation & Search UX & Digital Presence Community Engagement Learning from Leaders from Toronto Public Library, British Library, Edmonton Public, Purdue, and more! Also in Library Leaders Summit! Internet@Schools & 2nd day too! Open Access Enterprises: Processes & Practices Makerspaces: Tips & Practices Systems & Operations Discovery: Practices & Possible Future Future & Innovation Metrics Management Tips & Practices Tech Tools

There are also lots of in-depth workshops on these topics for those who want more. Conversations and networking are most important at Computers in Libraries 2018 so our producer, Information Today, and our sponsors host morning breakfasts, coffee breaks, and receptions;

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What does KM mean to you?


I’m a librarian by training and I’ve been in the “KM” business since 2000. Since that time I’ve been building a worldwide network of KM professionals, colleagues in all types of industries, communities and organizations. I have had many conversations using many different channels to find out what people are doing in their KM work so that I can profile them and have them as speakers for the KMWorld conference which I have programmed and chaired annually in the US since 2000.

I look at KM in the broadest possible way, basically to mean knowledge sharing, an activity that librarians, archivists, curators of museums and galleries, and lots of others have been doing for many many years. Towards the end of the last century ‘knowledge management’ was being used to refer to a number of processes and activities within organizations. The words “knowledge management” have gone in and out of fashion over the last 20+ years but I still believe that knowledge sharing needs to be a core activity of all organizations and communities. Think of volunteer organizations like associations where people are being elected and appointed regularly; how do they pass along the knowledge they gain while doing the activities and responsibilities assigned to them? Or in corporations or libraries where people are retiring and newbies are being hired out of university and on-boarded. How do they learn and get up to speed so they can excel in their job and the organization as a whole can thrive?


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KMWorld 2017 -- Free Resources


KMWorld 2017 was held last month in Washington to a large & engaged audience! The buzz around our theme: People Power, Thinking & Tech, and multiple events was phenomenal, in my opinion (and others too I think!). Here’s the sneak peek of the conference that I wrote prior to the event to highlight some of the program.

The KMWorld is the largest and longest running KM event in the world; the 2017 annual conference has wrapped up in Washington DC. If you were not able to attend the event, or just want to refresh what you heard, the keynotes are available in video including John Seely Brown, Tom Stewart, Stan Garfield & Jeanne Holm, Many of the Powerpoint presentations from other KMW speakers are available too. KMWorld is made up of complimentary events too:

Taxonomy Boot Camp (videos; presentations)

Enterprise Search & Discovery (presentations)

SharePoint Symposium (videos ; presentations)

Text Analytics Forum (presentations)

KMWorld also publishes a magazine (Past issues online) and the website has lots of additional resources that KM’ers members might enjoy!


Looking Forward to 2018


Wishing everyone the best in this holiday season as well as a happy and healthy 2018!!

I am into planning for 2018, yes that’s what I do, plan. I plan conferences:

* Computers in Libraries, April 17-19 (Registration open, full program online next week)

*Library Leaders Summit, April 17-18 (Registration open, full program online next week)

*University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, May 3-4 (working on topics & programs for these!)

*University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, July 19-20

*University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, Oct 1-2

*Internet Librarian, October (working on theme & call for speakers live online in January)

*KMworld, November 4-7 (working on theme & call for speakers live online in January)

* AND there may be a new event in the line-up, so stay tuned!

* AND there may be some direction planning with other organizations to help them focus on and create their futures!

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season!


Turning Over a New Leaf!


Tribute to Josef Frank

Can you see me sitting under this tree turning over a new leaf? Well I’m there somewhere!! 2017 has not been a good year for me updating the Dysart & Jones website even though I had promised certain people that I would!

Get ready for many new pieces in the coming weeks and months!

Computers in Libraries 2017: Sneak Peek!


As program director for Computers in Libraries 2017, March 28-30 in DC, I have delivered the program to Information Today, the producer of the conference. The program with sessions and workshops should be online in a few weeks and you should receive your snail mail copy after that! In the meantime, our theme is Upping Our Game: Taking Libraries to New Heights with Technology and here’s a few early highlights to peak your interest:

new full day Searchers Academy workshop on Mon Mar 27 with many other half day workshops on change management, grant seeking, outcome measures, putting a press room on your website, hands-on video lessons, makerspaces, library tech update, engaging teens, Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure and apps, innovation, fundraising, monitoring tools & dashboards, tech trends, UX, security, and more! popular Games & Gadgets networking & fun evening on Mon Mar 27 Opening keynote speaker Gina Milsap, CEO, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Library Journal Library of the Year in 2016 on Tues Mar 28 New full day streams/tracks of sessions on funding strategies & practices as well as upping our marketing game a talk about winning with Pokemon Go in a special library co-located Library Leaders Summit on the topic of Future Proofing Libraries with terrific speakers & lots of time for discussion with your colleagues put the dates in your new 2017 calendar & stay tuned for lots more exciting topics and speakers!

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Social Media Metrics & Analytics


Frank Cervone on Metrics

The University of Toronto iSchool Symposium, Social Media & Public Libraries, included many interesting discussions and I hope to share many of them here shortly! In the meantime, I’m hoping you will be able to share more stories about the tools and practices you have with social media metrics and analytics. Frank Cervone, IT Director, School of Pubic Health, University of Illnois gave a presentation on the topic and you can see his slides here. All our practitioners (from Toronto, Hamilton, East Gwillimbury, Topeka & Shawnee Couny public libraries) shared the tools they used, the most common being those from the social media platforms themselves. TPL uses 11 different platforms including Reddit, SoundCloud, YouTube & Periscope, Tumblr & Instagram. Two other popular tools are Google Analytics, and Hootesuite Dashboard & analytics. David Lee King mentioned he also uses Tweetbot, Google Alerts, Talkwalker. What do you use?


Authors, Libraries & Kudos for Baldacci


Both Rebecca and I have written about author David Baldacci. In 2010, Rebecca wrote a post about supporting libraries, Rock Aid for Libraries:

“So many of our leaders, authors, speakers have known community libraries as a safe haven and education hub that you would think they would step up to the plate to find creative solutions to funding community libraries, the cornerstone of an informed democracy. Author, David Baldacci (I’ve written about him before) is very impressive with his Wish You Well Foundation which has funded many family literacy programs. But we need many, many more foundations and other funding sources for libraries.”

I mentioned him in a 2008 post on project management, “Thanks, David, for a great summer thriller and illustration of how the net can further PM in a nanosecond. Discerning what is true (facts) and finding quality information will always be a challenge and information professionals will always have a role in the process and in teaching others to beware.”

I just read Baldacci’s new novel, The Last Mile, and was pleased to see him include, “…they built a public library. You know people who read are a lot more tolerant and open-minded than those who don’t.” “Great, so let’s get everybody in the world a library card”!!! For sure, I agree!! And of course the librarian added, “Make a reader early, you make one for life.”

Every little bit helps and it was great to I was pleased the see that Knight News Challenge is funding

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