2017 / The librarian as a change agent and community learning connector


2017 / The librarian as a change agent and community learning connector

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Change and disruption are not only 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 these changes and have different strategies for maintaining and increasing their relevance to their local communities. Makerspaces are just one example of how libraries facilitate innovation and actively support creation of knowledge in the modern world. But to embrace change and be a driving force for what fast changing communities need librarians must have skills to discover and drive change.

It’s not uncommon to find our library colleagues reacting and responding to change. In this workshop we’ll explore a more proactive stance and unpack the differences between managing change responsively and actively leading change. Together we will consider the mindsets, personal attributes and strategies of librarians as agents of change in their communities.

This leads us to the questions we will seek to answer together in the workshop: Are you ready to “Build a Librarian?” What traits are needed for 21st-century information work? This interactive session defines the essential skill sets and mindsets required of the modern library worker - the person working in the evolving learning library - and explores what’s needed for successful community engagement. As we look to providing learning opportunities and outreach to our community of users, what skills and attitudes should a community learning connector possess? Each part of the equation will be explored: Essential Skills + Mindset X (Support). Sharing creations with the group will spark further di scussion of the skills and support today’s library staff need to help their communities learn. What other things could they research/experience/absorb to help fill out their role?

Topics included will be hard skills (digital literacies, instructional design, User experience) soft skills (communication, empathy, initiative, “people skills, etc) and mindsets (“always learning,” curiosity, creativity), as well what types of support help this staffer grow (transparency, development opportunities, time)


Dr. Michael Stephens

Mylee Joseph

Jan Holmquist

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Michael Stephens Dr. Michael Stephens is Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. He presents to both national and international audiences about emerging technologies, learning, innovation, and libraries. Since 2010, Stephens has written the monthly column “Office Hours” for Library Journal exploring the issues, ideas, and emerging trends in libraries and LIS education. To review Dr. Stephen’s archive of work, visit his Tame the Web website and blog http://tametheweb.com. Email: mstephens7@mac.com Twitter: @mstephens7

Jan Holmquist: Jan is Assistant Library Director at Guldborgsund Public Library in Denmark, Europe and an international speaker and consultant: He has been involved in several global projects such as the learning project 23 M obile Things and crowdfunding projects like Buy India a Library and Help This Week in Libraries. Jan is a co-chair of the Library innovation conference Internet Librarian International and a member of the Library Advocacy Lab that aims to raise awareness about public libraries within the European union. Jan has published articles and chapters in books and blogs at his own blog and guest blogs at Tame The Web. Currently Jan is working on the planning of Guldborgsund Public Library's new FabLab and he is undertaking a thesis about library strategy for his studies for Master of Public Governance at Copenhagen Business School. Jan is a member of the CIRI International Advisory Board at San Jose State University, USA and he was named one of the Library Journal Movers and Shakers 2014. Jan: Email: janholmquist@gmail.com Phone: +45 60688768 Twitter: @janholmquist

Mylee Joseph: Mylee is a library consultant based in Sydney, Australia with a background working in research and public libraries. Her interests include repositioning and re-imagining public libraries to meet the changing needs of their communities; mentoring new library professionals; building digital engagement skills in library teams using social media tools; integrating mobile technology into delivering library services and measuring the impact of public libraries for their communities. Mylee is on the expert panel for the NMC Horizon Report: Libraries Edition and contributed to the IFLA Opportunities for Academic and Research Libraries and Wikipedia white paper presented at the WLIC 2016. Mylee’s first collaboration with Jan Holmquist was the development of the English language edition of 23 Mobile Things. Mylee: Email: mylee.joseph@gmail.com Phone: +61 407450739 Twitter: @myleejoseph

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Comment by Michael Stephens on June 6, 2017 at 15:22

Greetings all! Our session will be on Wednesday 14 June! Please join us! 10:30 - 12:00 or 13:30- 15:00.

Comment by Jan Holmquist on May 30, 2017 at 22:51

Dear Group
Please help us prepare the interactive workshop by giving feedback to this pre-workshop blog post


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