Proposed Session Title

Breaking Down the Silos: Technology, Socialization, and Culture Change

Description

As libraries shift from predominantly physical service models towards increasingly digital ones (and face significant reductions in staff) the silo-ed knowledge models of subject expertise and adequate staffing need to give way to more flexible and nimble models. Providing our services today requires larger, well-stocked tool kits. Learning organization theory provides a structure 21st century libraries can build upon. Effective learning organizations are communities that structurally and culturally share knowledge, and which implicitly embrace empowered staff, playful innovation, respectful communication, and trust. Achieving this kind of culture shift requires providing high and low tech opportunities for community-building and interaction interwoven with exposure to new tools, opportunities to implement new ideas and nuts and bolts training.

In this talk, I will discuss the various programs I developed and implemented for creating a culture of learning, including redesigning the popular 23 Things program for ongoing learning, creating conversational opportunities, and building community.

Start Date

15-3-2012 12:45 PM

End Date

15-3-2012 1:45 PM

Target Audience

Public Libraries, Academic Libraries, Public Services

Technical Expertise

basic

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Breaking Down the Silos: Technology, Socialization, and Culture Change

As libraries shift from predominantly physical service models towards increasingly digital ones (and face significant reductions in staff) the silo-ed knowledge models of subject expertise and adequate staffing need to give way to more flexible and nimble models. Providing our services today requires larger, well-stocked tool kits. Learning organization theory provides a structure 21st century libraries can build upon. Effective learning organizations are communities that structurally and culturally share knowledge, and which implicitly embrace empowered staff, playful innovation, respectful communication, and trust. Achieving this kind of culture shift requires providing high and low tech opportunities for community-building and interaction interwoven with exposure to new tools, opportunities to implement new ideas and nuts and bolts training.

In this talk, I will discuss the various programs I developed and implemented for creating a culture of learning, including redesigning the popular 23 Things program for ongoing learning, creating conversational opportunities, and building community.