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Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Leadership; Innovations; Academic libraries; River ecology; Ecosystems; Community; Scholarly communication; Empowerment
Author: Jones, Rebecca||||||Dysart, Jane
Date: Jan/Feb 2017
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Pages: 4
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Future-proofing isn't about preventing the future from having an impact on your library. A November 2015 article in Entrepreneur proposed five ways to future-proof an organization: 1. Think partnerships, not transactions; use partnerships to scale initiatives more quickly. 2. Change how you're structured; go flatter with smaller teams. 3. Think bigger; impact more people with solutions to bigger problems. 4. Offer experience, not product; distinguish your organization by delighting people. 5. Help Millennials develop; formally mentor the next generation. This article presents three of the library leaders who will be catalyzing the summit conversations to share their views on the tactics. Vice Provost Mary Ann Mavrinac said that each of the suggested future-proofing strategies can result in a profound impact on libraries, the broader information ecosystem in which libraries exist, and the communities they serve. Former Chief Library Officer Mary Lee Kennedy also said that in this world, evolving innovation is critical. CEO Gina J. Millsap added that they are focused on the community and not as much on the library as an institution.

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