2017 / Design thinking: ready for change?


2017 / Design thinking: ready for change?

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How do we create organizational change?

Design thinking is a way of working that can help you strengthen your library by understanding the needs of your patrons and engaging your communities like never before. With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the Design thinking for Libraries-toolkit can help you adapt design thinking methods in your library. 

But - one thing is to use and know the methods. Another thing is to actually implement and create a new culture and mindset in your organisation. 

What will happen in this session?

This session is about how we create change in libraries - how do we adapt a new mindset and how do we make sure that the things we develop in design processes are being implemented and used! 

Through a card sorting exercise we will help you identify:

Where you are now?

Is your library ready for more innovation?

What kind of issues your library has to deal with if you want to become more innovative?

We have put together a panel of great library innovators that will give you their best advice on the questions that you think are burning the most:

  • Brian Bannon and Andrea Saenz, Chicago Public Libraries
  • Philipp Schmidt, MIT
  • Marie Østergård, Aarhus Public Libraries  

Session organizers: 

Andrea Saenz - Chicago Public Libraries

Julka Almquist - Anthropologist, Minneapolis

Ane Schjødt Koch, Aarhus Public Libraries

Helene Bruhn Schvarzman, Aarhus Public Libraries

Lisbeth Mærkedahl, Aarhus Public Libraries

Sidsel Bech-Petersen, Aarhus Public Libraries

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chicago and Aarhus Public Libraries have worked together, and with design company IDEO to write the Design Thinking for Libraries Toolkit. Now with another round of Gates Foundation funding, we have the opportunity to share what we have learned so you will be inspired to try these methods in your library, and find support when you are already using them. 

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