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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Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast


The theme of Michael Edson’s keynote at Computers in Libraries 2012 last week was “think big, start small, move fast.” Thanks to Information Today (CIL producers & publishers) and This Week in Libraries for their video coverage of all the keynotes and many presentations. I encourage you to grab a coffee or tea, and, if you work with co-workers, grab them too, and view some of these resources. Erik Boekesteijn’s interview with Michael is below, so maybe you could start with this one. Pay particular attention to what he says and the implications for strategic and operational plans:

Think Big: dream, imagine and design the experiences you envision for your library, your organization, your clients, your staff, yourself Start Small: identify the initiatives that will lead to the dream that are doable, that give you wins & successes to maintain the momentum so crucial to keep going Move Fast: get to it, today. As Michael says, what cost thousands of dollars & personpower a few years ago can now be piloted for a few thousand within a matter of weeks. Do it. Now. What’s the worst that can happen? To Jane & I, the worst that can happen is that you don’t move fast, & someone else does, leaving you way behind.

Other gold nuggets Mike left us with to consider: “The tangible value of the present moment needs to be exploited.”

“Every user is a hero on their own epic journey and it is

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CIL's Battledecks: thanks to all


Computers in Libraries 2012 hosted its first Battledecks, “Innovate…..or else.” Thanks to all those involved — Judges Darlene Fichter, Marshall Breeding, Maurice Coleman, Amanda Etches, Julie Strange and Rebecca; Battlers Stephen Abram, Joe Murphy, Gary Price, Andromeda Yelton, Amy Buckland and Sarah Houghton, and especially to Janie Hermann for her incredible facilitation & control of the event! Wow — I’m amazed by the Battlers courage and ability to articulate concepts with humour. Phew! It was stressful just to watch and listen to them as those mystery slides appeared for them to address. Congrats & thanks to all!

Thanks Lia Friedman @piebrarian for this photo:

battledecks! #cildc…

— lia friedman (@piebrarian) March 22, 2012

Visioning: Stand in that Future


Kathy Dempsey, marketing maven of Libraries are Essential, and I are presenting at Computers in Libraries 2012 on ways to “Imagine and Dream Big About Your Library.“ Creating a vision is an action. It is not sitting at tables wordsmithing a slogan. It is about envisioning the future that you, the Board, staff, and senior management want the library to have; it is really no different than envisioning your home – your meal – your career – your life. Yes, things happen, and that’s no excuse not to envision or design your future. Kathy and I will discuss important and successful it is for libraries to get off their chairs, charge their imaginations, don their dreams and stand in the future they want their library — their communities — their campuses — their organizations — to experience. Here’s my slides. Oh – and here’s one of my favourite quotes about the importance of positive futures – and standing in that future. Richard Seymour, one of the world’s foremost designers of seymourpowell says:

“We make the future; it doesn’t just happen. If you stand in the future and, then, draw the present towards you in a series of stepping stones, then, you’re liberated to a view of what’s going to happen that nobody else has got.”


“Designers cannot be, by definition, pessimists. It just doesn’t go with the job. We’re supposed to be defining the future, aren’t we? […] If we can’t see the world as a better

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