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Librarians as Engineers of Innovation, by R David Lankes – Stephen's Lighthouse

This is a very inspirational presentation by David Lankes on Librarians, change, innovation… http://t.co/zyKI0xNoYc · 

 

Vimeo video:

https://vimeo.com/76152338#at=57

Karen du Toit's insight:

PowerPoint on Vimeo with sound of the presentation speech by R David Lankes.

Worth listening to!

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3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking?

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Colleen Cable:

"My new #ILTA13 inspired post on #3Geeks. http://t.co/60FkJbEDri"

 

Monica’s summary of the key note address [at The International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference] by Scott Klosoky of Future Point of View, where he asked the question: Are you a dead leader walking or one with your high beams on?

Two quotes really caught my eye:

Leaders get stuck in what they have invested in, and cannot move forward

 

See 10 years ahead. Think about what services you will be offering, how they will be delivered, how you will find new clients, and what new businesses you will be handling


I was struck by how directly this applies to law firm libraries.

What have we invested in that prevents us from moving forward and how we are “seeing” 10 years ahead: 

Print?We aren’t completely in control of what print we maintain, but we are in control of planning and presenting a vision of what the print collection will look like in the future. How are we planning to stop investing in print and utilizing emerging technologies to shape the collection of the future? How have we communicated that to firm leadership? Space?Does our space or lack thereof, continue to define us? Do we need “space” in today’s law firm to be effective at our work or does it hinder us? If we look into the future, does space impact the services we provide? Maybe one day we are completely mobile with a tablet in one hand and our Google Glass on, working in attorney offices, client meetings, offering assistance as a roving service provider. How might we plan that kind of transition?Non-core activities?Jean O’Grady has done a tremendous job over the past few years focusing on the non-core activities that we must be willing to give up or out/in-source to others in order to focus on core activities. I’ve also heard Steve Lastres say many times that he tries not to do anything that isn’t “client-facing”. Both of these leaders are attempting to see 10 years ahead and planning their services accordingly. How can we take on and provide new services if we still have everything else on our plates?
Karen du Toit's insight:

Specifically for law librarians, but valid to all librarians!

We need to make future predictions to make changes now!

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Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries - Christa Avampato

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Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries - The Huffington Post (RT @yoga: Inspiring interview with Christa Avampato (@christanyc), on bringing yoga to the public via libraries: http://t.co/wmEzKFqA52)...

 

This is an interview with Christa Avampato, who started a yoga program in 2005 at the Darden School at UVA (where she received an MBA degree). Not surprisingly, many of her classmates were under a lot of stress, so she began teaching a free weekly class at the school. In 2009 her apartment building caught fire; she lost nearly all of her belongings, and almost lost her life. Her yoga practice, coupled with therapy, helped her to heal from the resulting PTSD. She wanted to share that with others who need healing.

Living in New York City, she saw so many people who need the healing power of yoga and can't attend studio classes for a variety of reasons, teachers who want to teach and don't know how to get started, and spaces such as the New York Public Library that are under-utilized. Christa started Compass Yoga to create a bridge between the people who need yoga and don't have a means to access it, teachers who want to give their time and talents, and spaces that might house these connections.

Her one weekly class at the local New York Public Library branch two years ago has expanded to 12 weekly classes at five different NYPL branches and two senior centers. All of these classes are free and open to the public; they draw an average of 25 students to every class. 

Karen du Toit's insight:

One of the great services that can be done for the community in a public library! Love it!

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A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert

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"Why do we need competencies?
The answer is very simple. Libraries need to remain relevant. They also need to make themselves valuable to their communities. If you think for one minute that having bestsellers on your shelf is going to keep you valuable, you're living in the 1950s. Library directors should be inundated with requests from organizations and businesses to assist them with their in-house technology."

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Libraries are "supposed to be that local organization that is an expert in technology!"


Karen du Toit's insight:

Librarians should be the experts in technology and should be the ones to consult!

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Information Professionals: old & new by Lesley Robinson

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Information Professionals: Old and new - by Lesley Robinson and shared by David Gurteen on Flickr

Karen du Toit's insight:

Information Professionals - how their job functions have changed #archivists #librarians > also in tune with New Librarianship #newlib

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Jesse Soininen's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:19 AM

This view about ”librarians as a the future profession” can be applied to larger business context as well

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Library 2.011 Virtual Conference | We Are New Librarians

Library 2.011 Virtual Conference | We Are New Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
One of tomorrow's sessions focuses on new librarians! The session is Successful Paths for New Librarians: Best Practices, Models, and Recommendations. The speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, Dr. Claudia Lux, Anca ...

"The session is Successful Paths for New Librarians: Best Practices, Models, and Recommendations. The speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, Dr. Claudia Lux, Anca Rapeanu, Cristina Vaileanu, and Monica Avram. This session is presented in association with the IFLA Continuing Professional Development in the Workplace and Learning Group and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group.

This virtual session will run from 1:00-2:00pm on November 3.Here is the abstract for the session:

This session presents best practices, models and recommendations to help new librarians develop their careers. It speaks to the concerns experienced by new professionals regarding rapidly changing skills to help them secure jobs. Additionally, strategies for successful education paths and participation in library associations are also included. Attendees will walk away with practical ideas to tailor to their own needs and situations. Often new librarians express their desire to know ‘how others made it.’ Daily, we can read blog posts and messages asking what is needed to find a job, to be part of a committee at a library association, and how to interact within various library environments. This webinar will explore answers to these, and will direct attendees to tested and proved resources."

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