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Creative Confidence Book Review – A TTW guest post by Dana Lema

Tame the Web - Mon, 2018-01-29 19:41

When you ask my father to draw a picture of a dog, you get this:

Image Credit: Joseph Lema, Jr.

When you ask me to draw a picture of a dog, you get something like this:

Image Credit: Dana Lema

My dad is an artist and art instructor by profession and a semi-professional guitar player as a hobby. My mother was a practiced pianist and seamstress while working as an attorney. My sister can master any type of dance. I can sing, but play no musical instruments. I cannot sew and my dance moves, while enthusiastic, wouldn’t be considered skillful or graceful.  The joy of being part of a family of very talented and creative people is you get to celebrate their accomplishments. The downside is I’ve spent my entire life comparing myself to them and convincing myself I am not a creative person – that I somehow didn’t inherit those genes or gifts.

In their book Creative Confidence, brothers David M. Kelley and Tom Kelley (2013), reach out to people like me who struggle to recognize and nurture their creativity. The book addresses what they call the “creative myth” – that creativity is an inherited, fixed trait. To boost creative confidence, they re-frame the way we think about creativity – “it is a natural and human ability within all of us.” They also highlight the importance of creativity in all types of personal and professional settings and provide exercises to get those creative juices flowing.

Creative Confidence presents examples of the wonder that occurs at the intersection of creative thinking, empathy for users of products and services, and technical skill. One example was of an individual who implemented an improved MRI machine design. Upon observing, however, that a young child needed to be sedated because they were terrified of the machine, he set about the task of doing another re-design to make it less frightening to children. A serendipitous moment of empathetic understanding resulted in fewer children requiring sedation for a standard MRI. In fact, some children had such a great experience they wanted to go through the machine again.

Photo credit: Anthony Conti
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Throughout the book, the term “delight the customer” or “delight the user” was emphasized in relation to creative, user focused design. This focus on how creativity can have important impact in our world helps readers realize that nurturing and encouraging creativity isn’t a selfish pursuit – it is vital to bringing about positive change.

The ideas and suggestions in this book resonated deeply with me especially after completing the foundational readings for the Hyperlinked Library course taught by Professor Michael Stephens at San Jose State University School of Information. In those readings, the recurring theme I noticed for an evolving library is that of constant, purposeful change (Casey & Savastinuk, 2007). In Creative Confidence, the authors also encourage the practice of allowing staff to champion and roll out creative changes with a less than perfect version with the understanding it can be adjusted and improved as feedback is received. This “Fail Faster, Fail Smarter” practice, as pointed out by Matthews (2012) will be vital if libraries hope to grow, evolve, gain user input and better match their needs. Kelley & Kelley (2013), present the convincing argument that this type of innovation will only take place when individual creativity is nurtured in a supportive environment.

In his blog post entitled, Library as Civic Square – Hyperlinked Libraries (2017), @will1 shared a report from the Aspen Institute written after a 2015 Leadership Roundtable in Library Innovation. In the report, they discussed a library’s potential to “transform communities.” Three action areas were developed by the group with the intent that, “each focus on libraries embracing technology as a means of anticipating and addressing community needs.” (Aspen Institute, 2015).

As we have seen with recent national incidents like Charlottesville and impacts such as hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a communities’ needs are constantly changing and can change in the blink of an eye. Fearless creativity partnered with empathetic connection will be the mechanism through which libraries can anticipate and meet those ever-changing needs with user centered design solutions.

Dana V. Lema is a candidate for graduation in the MLIS program at the School of Information Science at San José State University. She currently works as a student assistant for the San José State University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in the Special Collections & Archives Department. and is a volunteer tutor for the Partners in Reading Adult Literacy Program offered by the San José Public Library system. Dana enjoys singing, geocaching, reading, travel and exploring the wonders of the Bay Area with her husband.

 

 

 

 

References

Aspen Institute. (2015). Executive Summary. [Web page posting]. Retrieved from http://csreports.aspeninstitute.org/Dialogue-on-Public-Libraries/2015/report/details/0152/Libraries-2015

Casey, M. E., & Savastinuk, L. C. (2007). Library 2.0: A guide to participatory library service. London: Facet Publishing.

Kelley, T. & Kelley, D. (2013). Creative confidence. Unleashing the creative potential within us all. New York: Random House

Mathews, B. (2012, April). Think like a startup. Retrieved from https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/18649/Think%20like%20a%20STARTUP.pdf?sequence=1

San Jose State University School of Information (2017). Home Page. [Web page]. Retrieved from http://ischool.sjsu.edu/

Tame the Web. (2017). About Michael Stephens. [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/about-michael-stephens/

Will. (2017). Library as civic square – hyperlinked libraries. [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/hyperwill/2017/09/10/library-as-civic-square-hyperlinked-libraries/

 

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The Archives of the Episcopal Church selects Arkivum PERPETUA as their assured data safeguarding and digital preservation solution

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-01-29 12:36
(January 29, 2018). Arkivum, a leading provider of compliance driven long-term data safeguarding and digital preservation solutions, has announced that The Archives of the Episcopal Church (Episcopal Archives) in Austin, Texas, has chosen Arkivum PERPETUA as their data archiving, preservation and safeguarding solution.
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Mid-North Coast chooses LIBERO as their hosted solution

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2018-01-29 09:36
(January 29, 2018). LIBERO announced that Mid-North Coast Co-operative Library Services will move forward with LIBERO Cloud. The library staff needed a cloud solution to remove the stress from maintaining their own server.
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Record number of libraries surpass 1 million eBook and audiobook checkouts in 2017

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 15:35
(January 23, 2018). OverDrive announced today that 58 library systems set a new record for lending 1 million eBooks and digital audiobooks in 2017. This milestone reaffirms the consistent growth of digital lending in the library and represents a significant increase from the 49 that reached 1 million checkouts in 2016. The libraries are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.
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Human Rights Studies Database Honored by Choice Magazine

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 15:35
(January 23, 2018). The Human Rights Studies Online database, from Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company, was recognized by Choice as one of the magazine's 2017 Outstanding Academic Title award-winners for curating and contextualizing human rights atrocities from the 20th and early 21st centuries.
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Kitchener Public Library takes major step in library marketing with Patron Point

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 12:35
(January 28, 2018). The Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has selected its marketing platform, Patron Point after conducting a multi-vendor Integrated Library System procurement process. This process, for the first time, established requirements specific to library marketing technology functionality as a significant element of the procurement.
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TLC's Library.Solution receives Platinum in 2018 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 12:35
(January 28, 2018). The Library Corporatio announced that Library.Solution 5.0 has received a prestigious Platinum award in LibraryWorks' fourth annual Modern Library Awards for its LS2 Cataloging Module.
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LIPA signs as first customer of new Preservica consortia offering

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 12:35
(January 28, 2018). Digital preservation specialist Preservica, is pleased to announce that the Legal Information Preservation Alliance has become the first customer of the company's new Preservica Cloud Edition for Consortia offering.
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ProQuest chosen as leading supplier of print and ebooks to institutions across Scotland

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 12:35
(January 25, 2018). Academic institutions across Scotland, together with special libraries, will now have access to an extensive collection of resources following ProQuest's appointment to the print and ebook framework agreements for the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges for LIB1007 AP Print Books & Standing Orders and LIB1004 AP eBooks and eBook Collections.
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Equinox migrates Niagara Falls Public Library to Evergreen

Library Technology Reports - Sun, 2018-01-28 12:35
(January 24, 2018). Equinox announced that Niagara Falls Public Library in Ontario, Canada successfully migrated to Evergreen.
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Murder on the Orient Express /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-27 06:34

    ISBN: 9781538520857
    Author: Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976


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Elementary she read /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-27 06:34

    ISBN: 9781520078465
    Author: Delany, Vicki, 1951-


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Body on Baker Street /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-27 06:34

    ISBN: 9781520080208
    Author: Delany, Vicki, 1951-


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The wife between us : a novel /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-27 06:34

    ISBN: 9781427293039
    Author: Hendricks, Greer,


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City of endless night /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-27 06:34

    ISBN: 9781549114410
    Author: Preston, Douglas J.


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Now that you mention it /

New At the Library - Sat, 2018-01-27 06:34

    ISBN: 9781335915276
    Author: Higgins, Kristan


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Call for submissions for the LITA / Ex Libris Student Writing Award

LITA Blog - Fri, 2018-01-26 17:41

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2018.

The purpose of the award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and publishing, open source software, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, online catalogs, and universal access to technology.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies at the masters or PhD level, follow the detailed guidelines, and fill out the application form (PDF). Submission guidelines are available at: http://www.ala.org/lita/involve/committees/exlibris/guidelines. Send the signed, completed forms electronically no later than February 28, 2018, to the Award Committee Chair, Eric Phetteplace at phette23@gmail.com.

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Jobs in Information Technology: January 24, 2018

LITA Blog - Wed, 2018-01-24 15:54

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

Boston College, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer, Chestnut Hill, MA

California Digital Library of the University of California, Discovery and Delivery Director, Oakland, CA

Brazosport College, Librarian – Reference and Outreach, Lake Jackson, TX

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a job posting.

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YouTube to adopt the ISNI name identifier for artists and songwriters who contribute to works on the platform

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-01-23 00:25
(January 22, 2018). YouTube is now a Registration Agency for the International Standard Name Identifier, the ISO certified global standard number for identifying millions of contributors to creative works and those active in their distribution.
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US Armed Forces Offer Brain Training to All Personnel

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2018-01-23 00:25
(January 22, 2018). In recognition of recent breakthroughs in brain science, every soldier, sailor, airman and marine in the US Armed Forces will now have access to computerized brain training and assessments from Posit Science, through its BrainHQ web, phone and tablet apps.
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