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Sunday, April 1 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Provoking Change: Creativity, Leadership and Planning for the Future

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Moderator: Lindsay King, Yale University.


Shelley Archibald, Burlington Public Library, and Fiacre O’Duinn, Hamilton Public Library. "Thought Leadership in Librarianship: A Necessary Discussion".

Annette Haines, University of Michigan. "Get Your Creative Groove On, or How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Backlog".

Ellen R. Urton, Kansas State University. "From Subject Librarian to Free Agent: How One Specialist Braved Reorganization".

Daniel Payne, OCAD University. "Place-ing the Library".

In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, this session proposes new ways of thinking about our profession. How can we innovate and move beyond the traditional roles—whether in academia, in society, or in the individual workplace—of libraries and librarians? Shelley Archibald and Fiacre O’Duinn urge librarians to be “thought leaders” in society and use their influence on leaders and decision-makers beyond the library, based on strategies explored at the TEDx event they hosted in 2011. Annette Haines outlines ways of nurturing creativity in oneself and others, mining literature on workplace creativity and innovation for ideas that apply to art libraries.  Ellen R. Urton discusses her transition from Visual Arts Librarian to Visual Literacy Librarian as part of a reorganization that removed subject specialist roles but created opportunities for leadership and continuing collaboration with subject constituencies. Daniel Payne addresses library space planning via theories of what creates emotional engagement in a space, or a feeling of “place,” and asks how those with specialties in art and design can contribute to planning spaces that better serve our users’ needs.

Sunday April 1, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Sheraton Hall A Sheraton Centre

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