Lis 7963 Design Thinking, Innovation and Creativity Draft Syllabus

I know that some of you have requested a draft syllabus of my brand new course (so new it isn’t even listed on the registration page).  The course is called Design Thinking, Innovation and Creativity in the Information Environment.  The very basic premise of the course is to learn and apply design thinking principles to build towards solutions for “wicked problems”.

Here is the very early and very drafty-version.  Please forgive any typos as I haven’t proofed it yet.  In design thinking we have a bias towards actions and of rapid prototyping, for which I am practicing both here. 7963 Design Thinking Syllabus 2014-15

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MLA Webinar:

Here is a link to my slides from today’s presentation on productivity for the Minnesota Library Association.  The recording will be added when available.

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Thank You Scott County

I had the pleasure of spending Friday with the wonderful library staff in Scott County (MN).  What a great group of folks.  Thank you for the invitation to spend time with you all on your staff day.

Here is the slideshow

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Exciting Announcement: I Am Joining the Library Strategies Group

I am very excited to announce that I will be joining the Library Strategies Consulting Group.

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What does this mean for my role at St Catherine University, MLIS Program?  Nothing.  My students can expect the same level of dedication to my teaching that they have become accustom to.

What is the Library Strategies Consulting Group?  That’s a great question.  We are the only nonprofit library-oriented consulting group in the country (that I am aware of).  We work with libraries and library-related organizations on a variety of projects.  These include: advocacy training, board training, development planning, executive search, feasibility studies and capital campaigns, friends and foundations, and planning.

My focus will be in strategic planning and talent management and development (including executive searches).  I am very excited to be joining the wonderful team of librarians and library lovers who dedicate their time and talents to improve the library world and ultimately services to library patrons.

If you have questions or wish to get in touch with me regarding any of our consulting services please feel free to email me anthony.molaro [at] gmail dot com.

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LWB Needs You

LWB needs YOU. Complete a short survey to help us understand the collection management needs of emerging libraries in communities around the world. We’ve heard from libraries in Nigeria, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Thailand, Guatemala, Ecuador, Guyana, Bulgaria, India, New Zealand, Croatia, Egypt, Trinidad, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Algeria, Sweden, Costa Rica, Mexico, Turkey, Bolivia – to name a few! Extended deadline to submit survey is now December 7, 2015.

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Book Review: Essentialism

I’ve been reading Essentialism: The Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown recently.  This book is simply amazing.  It is model that urges us to pursue less but better.  This book is part self-help, part management and leadership, part improving productivity and part living a more meaningful existence. This book is even mandatory reading for my management class.

I hope that if you have time to read only one book this winter, that you make it this book.

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Draft LIS 7963 Advanced Reference Syllabus

OK, so I’ve had a few requests for my Advanced Reference Syllabus .  I know that many of you are making class decisions over the next few days, so I wanted to get this to you.  It is in very early stages, but I hope it helps you decide if the class is the right fit for you.

This class is being explored as a way to replace LIS 7400 Reference Resources in the Humanities, LIS 7410 Reference Resources in the Social Sciences, LIS 7420 Reference Resources in the Sciences, and LIS 7430 Reference Resources in Business and Economics.  I see this class as valuable to future librarians who are interested in reference and instruction positions in academic libraries as well as adult reference librarians in public libraries.

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