A SWON Webinar presented by Leigh K. Mauer, Kenton County Public Library
It's more fun Outside the Lines
Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them. At R-Squared, we learned the importance of taking smart risks to move libraries forward. We learned that creativity inspires innovation, and that every one of us is creative. We learned how to design creative spaces, create a vibrant culture, build abundant community and inspire customer curiosity. Now it’s time to take what we learned and apply it where it counts – in our local communities.
Outside the Lines is a week long celebration, Sept. 14-20, 2014, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries.
By participating, your organization agrees to host one event or campaign that:
- Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way
- Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library
- Highlights how the library is relevant to people’s lives
- Represents your local community
- Is active versus passive – gets people engaged
- Is extraordinary and unexpected
- Most importantly, is fun!
Together let’s get people thinking about libraries in a whole new way.
I attended the R-Squared conference and it made more of an impact on me than any other single conference I've attended. If you liked the keynote speakers at the recent PLA conference; if you thought they were challenging, real and provocative, well, some of the same folks who worked on R-Squared also brought this line-up to PLA. This is a great initiative to practically address the need for new library stories.
If you’d like to hold a simple STEM/maker program at your library, Nathan can put this one on with you. Brushbots are simple machines that mount a small vibrating motor on top of a toothbrush head. Once built, Nathan will lead the group through a couple experiments and build a game board where the brushbots can “play.”
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Not that I’m close to retirement but here’s one place I would want to work when I retire. Why? Well, their collection is so interesting, every time I visit, I learn something new. I learn something new about history, people and places, that’s true. But I also learn about strategic partnerships, trying something new, risk taking and more.
Scott Gampfer, the Director of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, is open about the challenges, while at the same time, excited about their current activities and the possibilities that abound. Maybe it’s the historian in him, but he is aware that things come and go; he easily takes the long view. For example, over the years there have been a variety of journals dealing with the history and natural history of the greater Cincinnati area. Currently, the Cincinnati History Library is in partnership with the Filson Historical Society (Louisville, KY) and the University of Cincinnati, to publish the Ohio Valley History journal. “Ohio Valley History is a quarterly journal committed to publishing the best scholarship on the history and culture of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South from the 16th through the 21st centuries. It is one of the nation’s largest regional journals with over 3,000 subscribers.” (http://filsonhistorical.org/read-watch-listen/ohio-valley-history/ohio-v...) Scott readily owns that without that partnership, the journal would cease publication.
As an integral partner in the Museum Center itself, Scott’s staff assists with displays, traveling exhibits, both from a research side as well as a contributor to displays/exhibits. They author articles, assist researchers, create research guides and all of the other things a large special library normally does. They just happen to do a lot of these activities in collaboration.
What do you do that would benefit from bringing in another partner? In making the case for others to participate, you make the case stronger for customers and staff alike to be drawn towards you.
The Academic Library Association of Ohio announces it's annual conference theme "Engagement, Advocacy & Outreach: Empowering Our Communities." The Keynote Speaker is Courtney Young. Courtney L. Young is the 2014-15 American Library Association (ALA) President. Since 2010 she has been the Head Librarian and Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny, and has held positions at Penn State Beaver and University Park. Before coming to Penn State in 2002, Courtney worked at The Ohio State University and Michigan State University, where she received a Staff Achievement Award. As an active leader in ALA, she has served on the Executive Board (2009-12), Council (2005-present), and as President of the New Members Round Table (2009-10). In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal "Mover & Shaker", recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a B.A. in English and minors in Black Studies and Women's Studies. She received her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to academic librarianship, diversity, virtual reference, and professional development.
Keynote Address - Courtney Young
"Diversity, Professional Development & Participation: How Academic Libraries Empower Communities"
Where: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio
When: November 13 (Pre-Conference) and November 14
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