We have been inundated by articles about the future of the library, yet little has been said about the future of librarians; those bastions of information and troughs of information and experience people rely on. Like the oft quoted proverb from Africa “When a knowledgeable old person dies, a whole library disappears,” librarians are surely as much the library as the brick and mortar buildings they work in.
Posts Tagged ‘strategic change’
The Public Library Association (PLA) held its annual Results Boot Camp program this year on August 24th – 28th at the Nashville Public Library. Facilitated by Sandra Nelson and June Garcia, this year’s event focused on strategic planning and service delivery. In its tenth year, Boot Camp is described by PLA as “intensive library management training,” although the specific focus varies each year. Participants attend four full days and one half-day session, which feature a mix of lecture-style instruction and small group work. Time is also allotted for individual reflection about how the content fits in with your particular library’s situation.
Library budgeting has never been an easy task. New approaches, like priority-based and outcome-based budgeting, could help align a library budget with its services and dollars received.
Continuing my series on harnessing change (for a recap visit my previous posts), let’s turn our attention to pivots for change. I borrow this concept from renowned thinker and best-selling author Seth Godin. He suggests that major overhauls tend to be overambitious and overwhelming. As librarians and library staff, I think it’s safe to say that we’re just plain over it. Large-scale change is overrated. As an alternative, Godin recommends that organizations root change in existing assets and strategically tweak select elements. I like to think of it as the keep/change framework based upon the phrasing of his examples:[i]