I am very happy to introduce two new culture shifts at PSC. I think the first will help introduce innovation, but also shift our culture to one that embraces experimentation. The second will help staff better understand how space affects those in the library. I don’t understand how a director or dean or library leader can lead a library without actually using it. Here is part of the memo that I sent out to staff:
As you know, I am trying to push the culture of the library in new directions. I am very excited to introduce two new shifts:
- I would like us to shift some of our time. Google and 3M have a long and successful policy of giving staff time each week to work on technology projects that excite and interest them. To that end, please begin to take 2 hours per week (5% of your time) to explore and work on ideas of your own making. If you are interested in reading more please see http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/1998/01/9858 or http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/jobs/21pre.html. This is time for you to work on and explore anything you want as long as it is somehow library related. It is best if the time is spent on a sustained project. You can and should feel free to work either on individual projects or collaborate with others. The purpose is to move us into a culture that is okay with experimenting with new ideas and risking failure. Really the sky is the limit.
- In order to better understand how our spaces influence and affect our students, I would like each one of us to spend some time each month working where the students work. This could mean checking work email on the students’ computers, reading professional literature on the lounge furniture, or working on a project at a table. The library also has two laptops which you can use to engage in work activities and see how wifi impacts our students. Please respect peak times for our students and avoid taking computers and space away when we are at or near capacity.
Both of these are voluntary but strongly encouraged. They are intentionally designed to be flexible but also remain vague. Please feel free to ask me to clarify anything.