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Outside the Box:
Innovation and the Library

Friday, October 19, 2012

The sixteenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians,
sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

Alumni Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

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Check-in and Continental Breakfast


Keynote Address: A Wide Lens Perspective on Innovation

Ron Adner
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth College

The Wide Lens by Ron Adner
In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. It means ensuring that a host of partners — some visible, some hidden — deliver on their promises, too.

Transforming Concepts into Actionable Projects through Project Management

Shanti Freundlich
Liaison Librarian: Health Sciences, Nursing, and Social Work
Beatley Library
Simmons College

Vivienne Piroli
Deputy Library Director
Beatley Library
Simmons College

Presentation Slides
This presentation will articulate the strategies used to transform big picture ideas into actionable projects. With limited resources, librarians adopted a cross-functional project management approach to structure a high volume of library initiatives and priorities. In addition to producing tangible results the project groups encouraged non-hierarchical leadership and strengthened the Library’s engagement with institutional strategy and values.


"What's My Motivation?” Adding Story and Context to Screen Shot Tutorials

Kari Mofford
Undergraduate and User Services Librarian
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Presentation Slides
Tutorials can be a tough sell and tend to be short on entertainment that could entice people to watch them even if not required. We created short films, often starring non-librarians, and developed a new marketing strategy to reach a larger audience and to develop new collaborations along the way.

Using a Participatory Design Workshop to Renovate a Library Teaching Space

Laura Farwell Blake
Head, Services for Academic Programs
Harvard College Library

Reed Lowrie
Science Reference and Cartographic Librarian
Cabot Library
Interim Manager of Reference Services
Widener, Lamont, Cabot and Tozzer Libraries
Harvard College Library

Presentation Slides
We designed a workshop based on the ethnographic principles of Nancy Fried Foster as a way to talk with students about what they would like to see in a renovated room that would be used both for library instruction and student study. We will discuss the workshop as well as the room that resulted from it, a unique teaching space in the campus libraries.

Changing Their World, 4 Strings At a Time: Ukuleles in the Library!

Lisa Lavoie
Director of Library Services
Tunxis Community College

Capitalizing on the popularity of ukuleles in television, movies, and recent hit songs, the Tunxis Library decided to purchase and circulate these "happiness machines" to the campus community. The results were funky and plunky.


Honoring Student Assistants:
The Student Library Service Bookplate Program at Dartmouth College

Laura Braunstein
English Language and Literature Librarian
Dartmouth College

Presentation Slides
The Student Library Service Bookplate Program honors graduating students who have worked for the Dartmouth College Library by inviting them to choose an item for the collection. This presentation will detail the inspiration, planning, management, and impact of the program, and show how the honorees' "out of the box" selections enhance the Library's ability to provide materials that enrich students' lives.

There's an App for That…Ask Your Librarian!

Judy M. Spak
Curriculum Support Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Yale School of Medicine

Jan Glover
Education Services Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Yale School of Medicine

Presentation Slides
What do you do when you discover that 500 medical students will receive iPads on the first day of school? We report our experiences including challenges and new found opportunities for collaboration and student engagement.

Staffing the Information Commons in a Melded IT and Library Organization

Jill Parchuck
Co-Director Yale Center for Science and Social Science Information
Yale University Library

Themba Flowers
Co-Director Yale Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale ITS, Academic IT Solutions
Yale University Library

Presentation Slides
When the Yale ITS StatLab and the Science and Social Science Libraries planned a collaboratively-operated information commons, the goal was to provide one-stop shopping for all student and faculty customers. We will describe how we designed the new staffing model and how it was implemented.

Exploring the Future of Libraries: A Quick Walk through the Work Taking Place in the Harvard Library Innovation Lab

Jeff Goldenson
Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory

Matt Phillips
Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory

Harvard Library Innovation Lab
The Harvard Library Innovation Lab is charged with exploring the future of libraries. We are exploring, and we want to show you what we're up to. We'll give a brief introduction to the Lab and then take a quick walk through the Lab's current projects.


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