Change, Hope, Innovate, Adapt

Change is never easy. No matter how much you love or embrace change, it takes a physical and emotional toll. With all the change going on in libraries, it’s important that leadership not only realizes this but also finds ways to help staff cope. In some cases there is grieving that needs to happen. In other cases it’s a matter of finding ways to reduce stress. In all cases communication is paramount both in what the changes are and why the changes are necessary.

Tuesday I’m presenting a webinar to the Tampa Bay Library Consortium on innovating during a time of changes within libraries. In preparation for the workshop I created some images represnting changes and hope for libraries. Feel free to use these for personal or institutional purposes. Just right-click on the image and select copy image or save image. You can also create your own at





















I get kids excited about reading! What’s your superpower?

I’ve been trying to get this photo all week and finally got it last night at the book fair. Here’s the school’s media specialist Ms. Reeder (that’s her real name 🙂 ) and my son.

So readers…what’s your superpower?
Ian and Ms. Reeding

Libraries…We Have a Problem

It’s no secret that libraries around the country are facing devastating cuts. My own library had to give back $2 million with only weeks left in the fiscal year and at the same time County leaders advised us that we would face a 50% budget cut in July. At that time the Library laid off 120 of our staff–my colleagues and friends.

I’ve been pretty quiet online for the past few months about my personal experiences and feelings in all of this. Instead I’ve channeled my energy into a new website in hopes that advocacy efforts can be shared and aggregated. The site has taken off and has almost become a second full-time job. While maintaining the site keeps me busy and keeps me from thinking too much about my own personal situation, every email, every post, every tweet reminds me that this fight for libraries is far from over.

So it was bittersweet when the local news called me to give an interview about the site. This isn’t the kind of publicity anyone wants to have. Though I am happy to talk about my work and the site, I would much rather focus on the value of libraries. If stories like this can help get the conversation started then the site and my efforts will have succeeded, but we also need to ask ourselves why we need to have this conversation in the first place. The fact that we need to tell people why libraries are valuable is a problem, a big one! It should be obvious in the work we do and the services we offer.

Please note that the site is WBTV got the link wrong in several of the visuals.

Wiki Who: What Web 2.0 Can Do For You (and Your Learners)

Here is a copy of the slides I used for tonight’s ASTD Charlotte presentation on libraries, Learning 2.0, and Web 2.0. I spent hours and hours searching for just the right images to get the message across with out limited bullet points.

Here’s a tip. Everytime you come across an image that you think you might be able to use one day for a presentation–tag it, bookmark it, or mark it as a Favorite. It’s nice to have a selection ready to choose from. The quality and range of photos on Flickr with a creative commons license is astounding.

p.s. Thank you Helene and Kevin for sharing.

Free Webinar: Learning for Learning Professionals

Learning for Learning Professionals: Competencies, Strategies and Resources

Event Type: Webinar
Date: 12/11/2008
Start Time: 1pm Central/2pm Eastern
Duration: 1 hour

Description: As trainers, continuing education coordinators and staff development managers, we believe in lifelong learning. We are committed to helping library employees improve their skills and build successful careers. As cheerleaders for organizational and individual learning, do we sometimes lose sight of our own learning? What are we doing to invest in ourselves? What are the competencies that we will need as we lead our libraries in future skill development and employee learning?

To celebrate Employee Learning Week, join us for an exploration of current and future competencies for learning professionals working in libraries. We will look at strategies for our own development and the resources available to help us pursue them.

This hour-long webinar is co-sponsored by WebJunction and ALA’s Continuing Library Education Network and Round Table (CLENERT).

Mary Ross, CLENERT Board member and former manager of staff development at the Seattle Public Library, will lead the discussion. She will be joined by Betha Gutsche curriculum designer for e-learning initiatives at WebJunction, and Jennifer Homer, vice president of external relations for the American Society of Training and Development.

Register here.