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Every once in a while it’s good to evaluate your “tone” when speaking to colleagues. Are you being a leader or are you just being bossy? Think about situations in which you feel you had a successful interaction and remember all the things you did right and take note. Leadership is a skill, take the time to hone it!

9780143003267Even though now it’s So Yesterday…the novel, So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld (2004) speaks to the “Cool Hunter” in me and explains the world in a way that I understand.

 

“At the top of the pyramid there are the Innovators…When you meet them, most innovators don’t look that cool…There’s always something off about them…Except…there’s always one thing that stands out on an Innovator. Something New. Next level down the pyramid are the Trendsetterrs. They watch carefully for innovations, always ready to jump on board. Below them are the Early Adopters they always have the latest anything. Further down we have the Consumers. The people who have to see a product everywhere before saying “Hey, that’s pretty cool!” Last are the Laggards, I kind of like them. Proud of their mullets … They resist all change…and soldier on.”

 

Innovation–is the new buzzword, it’s eveywhere and we know what that means.  It’s not necessarily that new anymore.  It also means since everyone’s on board, now might be the time to try something New.  It seems like you are either doing it or not–supporting it or discouraging it. Here are a few different articles from Forbes and Bussiness2Community that show how and where Innovation is struggling and how and where Libraries and Librarians can and are picking up the slack.

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrydoss/2015/02/25/our-universities-are-not-teaching-innovation/

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucekasanoff/2015/02/25/remarkable-lessons-in-innovation-from-yes-a-public-library/?linkId=12557600

 

http://www.business2community.com/business-innovation/21-great-ways-innovate-01176314

How are you leading your team as an Innovator?  Where are you lagging behind? The base of the pyramid is its widest part think of ways you can focus your energies and rise to the top.

 

bb878ba0d54fc5ca70e3a1e09719448fLet’s face it, we all have them: those titles that we love fiercely, refer to constantly, recommend to everyone. You become a wild-eyed pusher who wants them to get it same way you did. Sometimes you are satisfyingly successful. You see a few teens pouring over it during a class visit, a woman pages through it by the display, or you see it on the shelving truck!

One of those titles for me is Material World by Peter Menzel, 1994.

Partly because I love seeing other peoples stuff and partly because it works with almost anyone who walks into the library. It is a great browsing book, it still stands up today if only to show a moment in time and has many read-alikes and websites that do similar photos– like these photo essays from the NYT: Rise and Shine, Pink or Blue Toys for Girls and Boys.

This is just one of a long list of my sweeties! What are a few of your one and onlys?

moss graffiti in the geometric shape of Space Invaders

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Moss graffiti might not be possible on so grand a scale at your library but it’s a start . . . maybe you do it super small,  like 1 foot squares from the garden store as a program or just add something alive (a cactus is good) to your desk!

PS: Want a great read along? Try Rage is Back by Adam Mansbach.

2015 is going to be way better than last year, you have all these goals in mind, tasks you want to accomplish, changes you want to make…but you’ve tried a few things, asked a few questions and not too far in you are already feeing discouraged. What to do? Take a deep breath and know that everything is going to be alright. It’s not the last time things won’t go your way, so decide how you will handle it and try again!

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
-John Quincy Adams

Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them.
– Jose Marti

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