When thinking of words to describe a librarian, ‘creative’ may not be the first term that comes to mind. But having a look at the ALA Movers and Shakers 2014 list may change that. Here are just a few highlights:
- Laura Damon-Moore and Erinn Batykefer who started the Library as Incubator Project (LaIP), which ‘highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnership’
- Sharon ‘Smitty’ Miller who used her show business background to create a Library Live and on Tour program (LiLi) which takes the idea of the bookmobile to a whole new level.
- Cory Eckert who ‘developed Guerrilla Storytime, a ‘part-training, part-advocacy initiative held informally at library conferences and events that involves taking over a space and putting on an impromptu story time’
- And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention friend of the ILN Jan Holmquist, who among other things, created the self-paced professional development program ’23 Mobile Things’ (here is the English version) building on Helene Blowers’ work
The list goes on and on.
But since we all can’t all be Movers and Shakers how can us mere mortals express ourselves creativity in our day to day work? Here are a few ideas:
- Create a book displays
- Collaborate with a colleague on a paper or presentation
- Storytelling (not just to the kids either!)
- Brainstorm innovative ways to reach non users
- Design promotional materials like videos, flyers, and more
- Come up with new ways to engage various library users (students, children, seniors, etc)
- Start (or participate in) a library Makerspace
Over the next two weeks we will explore the ideas around libraries, innovation, creative thinking and hopefully inspire you to look at your own work a little differently.
So are you creative at work? If so, how? If you don’t see yourself or your library role as involving creativity, do you work with anyone who does? Have you seen any interesting innovative library projects? What do you think of the ALA Movers and Shakers listed above? Could you use any of their stories to introduce something new into your work space?