October 9, 2008
Survey of Library Innovators Exposes Profession's Pressure Points
In What We Need Chrystie Hill and Meredith Farkas survey examines the challenges many librarians face as they look for innovative ways to serve our constituents. The survey examined 300 LJ's Movers & Shakers recognized between 2002 and 2007. Time, money and management appear to be the biggest hurdles faced. Hill and Farkas end with three thought provoking chanllenges:
- We'd like to challenge the Movers & Shakers themselves to find their own ways toward creativity, innovation, and path-breaking while tackling the routine.
- We'd like to challenge library directors and administrators to lead us and our colleagues better in strategic, succession, restructuring, or reorganization planning.
- We challenge all of us to acknowledge how much more we are alike than different in our desires to help, serve, and make an impact on our colleagues and in our communities.
Remember, the deadline to nominate librarians for LJ's next round of Movers & Shakers is November 10. [RJ]
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Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you took note of our recommendations - I think this is the most compelling part of the piece. We tried to find the lessons for everyone in the responses we recovered.
Posted by: Chrystie | Oct 11, 2008 8:57:57 PM