Failing to Innovate

It was too hard to resist blogging any library session that came with the heading, “Failing to Innovate.” BTW – square brackets indicate my own editorial comments. I’ll start by saying the lack of wireless at CIL sucks big time and it doesn’t sit well wit me to have a technology conference where Internet access is so hard to find.

That said, I’m a bit shocked that there aren’t more laptops here, but at least I’m not seeing many knitting needles.

The talk was short and sweet and obviously well thought out. As with many of the sessions at CIL, the flip-side of a jam packed program is that you don’t often have a lot of time to dig into the really meaty pieces of what this can actually mean for strategic planning and implementation.

Sitting on my desk in my office is a copy of IDEO’s “The Ten Faces of Innovation,” which really gives some great examples and perspectives on why innovation succeeds and fails — but these are examples from outside the library world.

Personally, I quite enjoy the Library 2.0 debate (to qualify, I enjoy the debate about the ideas and concepts — I could care less about the branding of it and whether we’re at 2.0, 20 or 200).

I think it has succeeded in breathing some new life into old debates about our services and collections. Having gone through library school only a few years ago, these discussions were certainly something I didn’t see going round the classroom.

Nowadays, more often than not, I rely heavily on the non-library world to really challenge my perspective on what and where our place is (or could be) in the world today.

I’ll link to a Fast Company article, article, which gives a glimpse into IDEO’s faces of innovation. Note the paragraph on the devil’s advocate worker – perhaps the #1 innovation killer found throughout libraries everywhere.

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