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Change often seems like a constant force in libraries. Many have picked up some tools and techniques over time, yet still may feel ill-equipped to face the next change initiative. This talk will present a multitude of topics at a very high level in the overlapping areas of leadership, change management, and project management, as a sort of map to those domain areas. This information will allow participants assess their current skill sets and identify areas that she or he needs and wants to grow in order to better participate in change processes in his or her organization.
Jan's slide on risk tolerance and fear of failure really resonates with me! I think these are important to take into account when trying to plan incremental or transformational change. What do others think?
I really appreciated the idea that conflict can be thought of as a negotiation. That concept takes a lot of the emotion out of the situation.
Wow. So much information. These are some of the things that need to be discussed in library school. Or in institution wide workshops
I'm grateful to have heard your presentation, relating to the situation where I find my focus centered on technology to achieve a goal. Your insights are useful in reflecting upon my own frustration with those who seem to block or are resistant to change. What really resonates is your point about long-time professionals who have built their careers on a different paradigm and the ways change can create feelings of vulnerability. Ironically, in coming to librarianship as a second career, I've viewed long-time colleagues as smart, dedicated and experienced, so with that, assumed they're fully capable of progressing to new systems, learning new workflows and quickly grasping new information concepts. After all, librarianship at its core is about life-long-learning. Your presentation captures another outcome where change and human nature intersect. This might include emotion that reduces confidence in one's abilities, resists added efforts towards relearning, produces a sense that expert status has been lost, etc. Although I view experienced professionals as critical team members, you've pointed out this valley of emotion which might be passed over. When it remains unaddressed (or unfed), its equivalent to the elephant in the room. Thank you for equipping us as a professionals with tools to facilitate the change libraries must face if we are to remain relevant to our users.
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