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Episode 315: Future of Libraries



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Welcome back to Season Three of Linking Our Libraries, for this, our final episode this season! We are Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange, and we are here to share information with all types of libraries, archives, and other nonprofits working to build their skills. This season, we are working on building a toolbox of leadership skills and ideas. By the end of this season, you will have fifteen specific skills that will make you a stronger leader and manager in your organization.

This week we are looking at the future of libraries!

Joining us is Guest Host Susan Schleper, from CentraCare hospital library in St Cloud.

People who think of libraries are repositories for dusty books, or as places where we read books to tiny kids – or sit around and read books ourselves all day – are incredibly behind the times on libraries and their work today.

Where are we going in the future? It is impossible to say for sure, but all signs point to increased service work with the communities libraries serve – students, parents, senior citizens, lawyers, college alumni, tiny kids, and literally everyone else. Everyone is served by libraries, multiple libraries at that, and that service is only going to increase. We are a Multitype library system, which means our members are public libraries, schools, colleges, law libraries, hospital libraries, history archives, rehab centers – any organization with a library. This gives us perspective on the work libraries are doing across the board, and the ways libraries are able to serve their communities.

The American Library Association, with funding from IMLS, has started The Center for the Future of Libraries. They work to:

  • Identify emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve
  • Promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future
  • Build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues

The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify trends relevant to libraries and librarianship. This collection is available to help libraries and librarians understand how trends are developing and why they matter. Each trend is updated as new reports and articles are made available. New trends will be added as they are developed.”

This is our final show of Season Three! Tune in next Thursday to our book group podcast: Reading in Libraries for Season Two. We’ll be back with Season Four of Linking Our Libraries Aug 30, and talking about 15 competencies for successful library managers.


Episode 314: Research and Writing



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Welcome back to Season Three of Linking Our Libraries! We are Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange, and we are here to share information with all types of libraries, archives, and other nonprofits working to build their skills. This season, we are working on building a toolbox of leadership skills and ideas. By the end of this season, you will have fifteen specific skills that will make you a stronger leader and manager in your organization.

This week we discuss Research and Writing. Joining us is Guest Host Rhonda Huisman, Dean of the Library at St. Cloud State University.

Talking about research and writing is not typical for management development; but sharing your experience is an important part of being a good library leader. Remember that you are not “just” a manager in your Reference department, or of your hospital library, or working in your grade school; you are also part of a profession. That means you get some great benefits in being part of a large group; and you have some responsibilities back to that group. Carrying out research, and communicating the good and bad experiences you have in the profession, are ways to fulfill that responsibility.

This is a surprisingly tough sell for many library people. They worry they are not doing things that are important enough to share, or that they are not good writers, or that they just do not know where to start.

Fortunately, these problems are easily overcome. In our profession we have a lot of people who are active in publishing their work – in journals, in blogs, in newspapers, in podcasts, or other venues. You can find all sorts of resources on good writing and on publishing to help you get started. And it does not matter at all how big or how small they are – every single library we have ever visited is doing something interesting and unique. Never worry that you have nothing of value to say.

In libraries and archives, research is all about finding ways we can help our organizations to function better, and do more to reach out to our communities. Just like everything else we do, it is about solving problems and connecting people with the right information. As a manager, you want to be actively involved in solving problems and finding answers to different issues that will arise in your organization. Understanding some basics on research will let you do this.