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How Can We All Get Moving and Shaking?

Posted by Editor on October 6, 2008

From Roy Tennant’s excellent Digital Libraries blog…
October 5, 2008

My pals Meredith Farkas and Chrystie Hill, two “movers and shakers” if I ever met any, as well as “official” (according to Library Journal) “Movers and Shakers”, just published the findings from a survey of people awarded this title to try to find out how things were going with them. There is much to ponder in this piece, so I urge you not to be satisfied with the few snippets below, but rather read the entire article.

We asked these Movers directly, and their answer was clear: continue to make time and resources available for professional development, thinking, and experimentation. They asked explicitly for listening, leadership, and collaboration from their institutions. They also wanted room and allowances for failure. “Some ideas die, and some don’t,” they said. “Identify resources for innovative test bed projects and let’s see ‘What if?’”

Most of this group longed for leadership, particularly in the area of risk. They saw encouraging “risk-taking” as part of their organization’s leadership role and called for an organizational culture that rewarded risk-takers “among all staff members.” “Model creativity and risk-taking as leaders,” said one, “reward risk-taking,” “provide admin support for risk-taking,” and “create a better sense of unity and vision,” said others. “Specifically address innovation and practices for producing innovation…make innovative work an organizational effort,” said another. “Show us how to handle failure.”

Tennant goes on…Please read it!


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