I am very excited to be able to learn with NEXT Library conference participants in Aarhus in mid June. Together with Dr. Michael Stephens and Mylee Joseph, I will be leading an interactive workshop at the conference and we need your input to help us make this workshop really effective for the participants at this year’s conference.
“Change” and “disruption” are not only popular buzzwords. Technology, economy and politics are forces that are changing the world as we know it and our communities at a fast pace. Libraries are embracing and responding to these changes and have different strategies for maintaining and increasing their relevance to their local communities. But to embrace change, and be a driving force for what rapidly changing communities need, librarians must have skills to both anticipate and adapt to change as well as being effective community connectors to drive change.
In business and leadership literature “dynamic capabilities” describes the characteristics of a firm that can adapt to changes in the environment and survive, while businesses that fail to adapt can slip from world domination to bankruptcy with examples often mentioned like KODAK and NOKIA.
In the global economy our countries, cities and communities compete on skills, know-how, adaptability and connectivity to get knowledge jobs in their area. Communities need assistance to anticipate and adapt to the world as it changes around them. Libraries can play a vital role in providing opportunities, tools and experiences for their communities to learn and to develop the dynamic capabilities needed. Librarians as effective “community learning connectors” can be change agents and drivers for development in our communities for many years to come.
How do we insure the folks serving our varied constituents have the skill sets and attitudes required of the modern library worker.
In our workshop we will use Michael’s “formula for success” to facilitate participants own ideas:
Essential Skills + Mindset² X Support = Success
Each part of the formula is vital. The outcome does not work if any of them are removed.
What do you think:
What are your thoughts on the content in Michael Stephens Essential Skills + Mindset² X Support = Success
In what way can libraries enhance a community’s adaptability to change?
Do you have examples of libraries in your community acting as community learning connectors and helping to respond and adapt to change?
What skills are needed for library staff to be effective community learning connectors?
What skills and mindset will help library staff continue to adapt to rapid change into the future?
Please share your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryChangeAgent all kinds of contributions are welcome. Make a short video, use words – or draw your perfect set of skills… Be creative. We think that is one of the important skills needed 🙂
I was lucky to have the chance to speak to and talk to Norweigan librarians at Neptunseminaret in Bergen today – Thanks for having me. Since Scandinavian languages are very alike (Finland excluded!) – A lot of the slides are in Danish and a few in English.