Jim Morgenstern & I are about to talk about facility planning at OLA’s Annual Institute on the Library as Place. Facility plans and provision standards are rarely talked about because they are not viewed as being nearly as much fun – or interesting – as architectural or interior designs. Yet space requirements will increasingly be questioned in the digital environment. More later!
Books & Mortar: Getting attention for facility plans from Rebecca Jones
“Our brains are wired to be inspired,” said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHeath and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. “One of the key differences in our studies from other interventional research aimed at improving cognitive abilities is that we did not focus on specific cognitive functions such as speed of processing, memory, or learning isolated new skills. Instead, the gist reasoning training program encouraged use of a common set of multi-dimensional thinking strategies to synthesize information.” Source: Science Daily’s feature article this week, Strategic thinking strengthens intellectual capacity.
Jane Dysart has known this for a long time. Now there’s research to prove it: our brains are wired to be inspired. Every conference program and workshop she puts together is about inspiring people. The research cited above not only confirms her conviction about inspiring thinking, it confirms that thinking strategically – “synthesizing information using multi-dimensional thinking” is not only imperative for librarians, information managers and knowledge professionals organizationally, but cognitively too. A bonus.
Strategic thinking, as Jeff Weiner of LinkedIN says in Fast Company (a journal I highly value), takes time — time we need to aggressively schedule and intentionally pursue.
“… you (will) require more time than ever before to just think: Think about what the company will look like in three to five years; think about the best way to improve an already popular product or address an unmet customer need; think about
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If you are in Victoria, BC on Wednesday May 28th, Moe Hosseini-Ara and I will be working with a group to use practical tools for measuring, influencing key stakeholders and for long-term or strategic planning. This is a pre-conference workshop for the CLA and BCLA conference – and registration includes breaks and lunch! It is always such a fulfilling experience to work with Moe. He is on secondment from his job as Director, Service Excellence, Markham Public Library and is currently Director of Culture, Culture Services, City of Markham. He brings a stakeholder perspective to the templates and approaches for determining and conveying appropriate strategies and measures. I bring the academic, corporate and government perspective to these approaches and tools. And Moe and I are doubly proud that Ulla de Stricker, who can’t join us because of prior commitments, has sent along her work for us to use with the group. No one influences like Ulla!
To register, contact Wendy Walton at CLA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is one of the templates participants will be working with. Come join us!
Strategy, Influence & Measures: Practical Tools
Information professionals and all those in management roles in libraries use a range of technical tools in their daily activities with our customers. What tools, though, do we use with our stakeholders or decision-makers to move forward progressively – and successfully? This workshop covers the components of four practical, critical tools and invites participants from government, corporate, academic, public and non-profit sectors to discuss: 1.
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Great piece by Bruce Rosenstein on bridging the future with the present called, Leaders must Meet their Future Selves. It includes interesting research:
“In experiments with undergraduates, Hershfield discovered that students who were shown a digitally aged image of themselves allocated twice as much to their retirement accounts as those who didn’t see themselves as they aged. Hershfield says that “looking ahead in time and feeling a sense of connection to one’s future self can impact long-term financial decision-making, converting a consumer into a saver.” People with this “future self-continuity” also accumulate more assets than others, including owning their own homes and having bigger bank accounts.”
A tip for bridging the future with the present: Write “post-dated letter from your future self to your present self about specific achievements and successes in the future.”
“For leaders, it’s especially important to bridge the present and future. Leaders have to define the future not only for themselves but also for their organizations. Still, with the extraordinary demands and difficulties of each present day, it’s easy to let the urgency of today cause you to squander the opportunities of tomorrow.
Odds are, the success of your organization will depend on how well you figure out the future. Here are five strategies to help crystallize the future into the present moment and draw you closer to your future self.
See yourself as the leader you could become. Create your future in the here and now. Design a better tomorrow for others. Resist going only
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The Future of Libraries has been a topic of conversation for many years, but some of think there is a greater sense of urgency surrounding the topic these days. With the extremely fast evolution of technology, the scarcity of resources of all types including money, and the shifts in culture and society, our world is changing very quickly as are the expectations of our stakeholders and customers. Are libraries adapting, innovating, and changing at a fast pace too? Some are, most are not. We have started a Facebook page and LinkedIn group to talk about The Future of Libraries. We hope you will join us in the conversation.
In addition, Dysart & Jones is working with Ken Haycock & Associates to offer a new two day event at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, May 1st & 2nd, called The Future of Libraries: Do we Have 5 years to Live? A great line-up of speakers is being featured, so check it out here. We hope that lots of you will be able to join us in person for the conversation in Toronto, but if not, certainly join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook. See you there!
AND, if you are in the DC area, we are working with Information Today to offer a different but related two day event, The Future of Libraries Survival Summit which focuses on a number of tools for libraries to use as they face the future! It also includes one on one interviews and conversations
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Rebecca and I do a fair amount of writing about critical thinking, thinking strategically, as well as all types of planning. Here’s what Rebecca wrote last year when we did a workshop at the SLA conference in San Diego, Strategic Thinking Takes Time. We have broadened that workshop to one we are calling, Building the Future: Thinking, Planning, Doing and will be offering it at a terrific venue (The Vancouver Club) with several other colleagues on June 6th in Vancouver prior to the SLA annual conference.
In addition to interactively talking and discussing thinking and planning, in this new one day workshop we will include some tips and examples of going beyond thinking and planning to implementing and doing. The full program is here. Hope you can join us. Register here.
Thanks to Catherine Steeves (University of Guelph), Catherine Davidson (York University) and Barb McDonald (Brock University) for an excellent session on Sense Making & Solving Problems: Leveraging the View “From the Balcony”. They talked about Olman’s work on Reframing Organizations – seminal work by Olman that they studied at Harvard Institute for Academic Librarians. Here’s my notes:
Leaders fail for 2 reasons:
they don’t take ppl with them and 2. look at the full situation – with the facts
Major schools of organization thought:
Structures HR Symbolic Political
Leaders need fluency in all 4, but the truth is that everyone has their own “natural tendency” frames – what comes most naturally to you; we all find it difficult to look at situations through different frames. Go to Link to complete the assess/identify your own frame: leebolman.com/frames_selfrating_scale.htm to determine your natural frame
Structure Frame: How do you know if structure is at the heart of the problem? Bolman’s advice – if the characters change & the plot remains the same, the structure is the problem.
HR frame: looks at the impact & implications for ppl & relationships
The Political frame: a metaphor for this frame is the jungle; the key resource everyone is vying for is power; the organization is formed thru coalitions that are marked by stark different in values, and this leads to conflict; conflict is seen as driving innovation and sparking new ideas; political leaders bargain & build relationships
Symbolic frame – it is the least written
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My colleagues at D&J and I have spent almost 30 years talking about the future, being future focused and planning for the future. Bruce Rosenstein‘s new book,Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing& Applying a Forward Focused Mindset, encompasses so much of what we have be been talking about, teaching, and focusing on for almost 30 years! Well done Bruce, and thanks Peter Drucker! The book is full of wonderful Drucker quotes from his many publications, includes lots of references for further information, and has a summary and checklist of activities at the end of each chapter. Excellent.
I love the 10 elements of the future: Mindset, Uncertainty, Creation, Inevitability, Present Moment, Change, Reflection, Remove/Improve, Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Risk. You’ll have to read the book for more! The book is well written and I’m sure you will be engaged.
Speaking at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto tonight, Bruce shared his thoughts of what put Drucker ahead of the pack: diversity — writing for many different publications, teaching, videos; powerful personal brand; global outlook and world view; remaining relevant. Drucker certainly had a consistent body of work and work that benefits others.
In our blog, we’ve posted numerous quotes from Drucker around leadership, but my best memory of Peter Drucker is his keynote speech in 2002 in Los Angeles at an SLA conference. He knew his audience of librarians and told them to look at what people were asking them and watch for the odd ball requests
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I find this year’s look by Educause at IT issues particularly interesting. They “reflect the increasing interconnections among external forces, institutional strategic priorities, and information technology in higher education.” “The boundaries between academia and the rest of the world have never been more porous. These external forces are shaping the strategic priorities of higher education institutions.” Here is the list:
1. Leveraging the wireless and device explosion on campus
2. Improving student outcomes through an approach that leverages technology
3. Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy to help the institution select the right sourcing and solution strategies*
4. Developing a staffing and organizational model to accommodate the changing IT environment and facilitate openness and agility
5. Facilitating a better understanding of information security and finding appropriate balance between infrastructure openness and security
6. Funding information technology strategically*
7. Determining the role of online learning and developing a sustainable strategy for that role
8. Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring your-own device*
9. Transforming the institution’s business with information technology*
10. Using analytics to support critical institutional outcomes*
*these were also in the 2012 list of IT issues
New Strategic Priorities:
Contain & reduce costs Achieve demonstrable improvements in student outcomes Keep pace with innovations in elearning, & use elearning as a competitive advantage Meet students’ & faculty members’ expectations of co
ntemporary consumer technologies & c
A real challenge for academic libraries (and most other types of libraries and organizations as well). I like the
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