LIBRARIES, CONFERENCES & conventions, ASSOCIATIONS, institutions, etc., PUBLIC institutions, INFORMATION services, and INDUSTRIAL management
The article focuses on Library Administration & Management Association (LAMA) President's Program and awards at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. LAMA President Virginia Steel will welcome other LAMA leaders for the conference. Betty Sue Flowers, the director of the LBJ Library and Museum will provide a provocative and stimulating presentation. Flowers is also a poet, editor and business consultant with publications on subjects ranging from poetry therapy to discussions on the economy, including two books of poetry and four television tie-in books in collaboration with journalist Bill Moyers. Flowers will illuminate the difference between the kind of leadership that runs to the frontlines and that which can be called transformative. Transformative leadership relies on the ability to observe in particular ways, on a unique relationship to the future and on the capacity for rapid prototyping. She will explore each of these areas, concluding with a discussion on how such ideas can be applied to the management of libraries.
Our current levels of technology are enabling many things that were complete science fiction only a decade or so ago, but no modern technology is more capable of inciting futuristic predictions than 3D printing. The very idea that you can download a digital file and transform it into a physical, functional thing is science fiction turned technological fact. This chapter is a roundup of 3D printing options as they stand in 2012 and how said options might fit into libraries. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
RAPID prototyping, LEARNING, LIBRARIES, and ORGANIZATIONAL structure
At Penn State University Libraries, we are endeavoring to support a library and user community in a state of flux by moving from a culture of rigidity to one of flexibility. Changes to Penn State University Libraries' organizational structures and strategic priorities have been swift and ongoing. In some contexts, we are using rapid prototyping practices to respond with agility to these changes, as well as to the changing needs of our faculty, staff, student, and community users. This article describes the general rapid prototyping approach, showcases the concept in use by a library's teaching and learning department, and uses a case study to illustrate how these practices can be applied to a specific learning object. We also suggest applications in other, more systemic, areas of organizational work. Key takeaways include encouraging a culture of experimentation, being open to failure, and keeping lines of communication open to strengthen collaboration. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]