Last month I gave a presentation at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians conference. I love this conference!–it’s my regional peers, in a small setting, sharing creative and practical tips from their libraries.
Description of the presentation:
Adapt or die. It’s a mantra we hear, but libraries have always been about change. The key now is to be in the driver’s seat. Librarians from Carroll University will discuss four ways they have embraced change:
1) a workflows assessment to analyze staff duties,
2) a ʺkindness auditʺ to examine barriers to library services,
3) an enhanced patron count to determine how to best utilize library space,
4) a survey to report how students use the library.
Combined, these initiatives position the library as a change maker. Learn about these practices and take the wheel to share your experiences with change, too!
I tend not to do the death-by-bullet point PowerPoint, so a little info may be lost outside of the presentation. What it all boils down to are four things my library has done to respond to and anticipate change. Some focus on students and improving library spaces and services, while some focus on staff duties and how to best position the library for the future.
- Workflows Assessment
- Kindness Audit (I’ve talked about this before)
- Enhanced Patron Count (link to Google Doc)
- Student Survey (link to Google Doc of survey questions)
If you have any questions about it, let me know!