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On dot connecting: sharing your whys, what ifs and innovations

Last week I presented about whys, why nots, what ifs and the nature of innovation. I crowd-sourced part of the presentation, asking some of the most creative colleagues I know if they could easily connect their whys to their innovations. It turns out that was not a challenge. First: What are your whys?  Simon Sinek […]

A belated confession

I’ve avoided writing this post for years.  But a couple of recent conference breakfasts and beverages, with librarians you all know well and admire, and a few questions from my grad students, pushed me into a reflective confession. I don’t think we can really rock every aspect of our jobs at once, however much we […]

Goodbye strategies

For the past several years, our seniors have looked forward to filling the library display case with some sort of artistic expression relating to their plans for next year. This year, we added another element to this tradition. We asked them for a memory card. It hasn’t caught on quite as well as the college […]

Transparency is the new fierce

Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. . . All organizations have a transparency culture, that part of the culture that relates […]

My report and a couple of (far more) stellar examples

No one has ever asked me to do it.  But each year I spend time reflecting on the past year and pulling together an annual report. Here are the print and video versions for STHS Library: Each year, after I pull my report together, I discover the wonderful work our colleagues share as they describe […]