A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes

A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by rdlankes “A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts” Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day. Sarasota, FL. Abstract: Communities need the public library now more than ever. In an era when neighbors are more divided than ever, and even the nature of truth and facts are in question, ho do librarians best serve their community? This presentation makes the argument that our communities do not need more information literacy, a greater emphasis on quality information, or a neutral institution. Rather our communities need trusted partners helping weave together common understandings of events and priorities. Slides: Slides in PDF Audio: Sarasota.mp3 A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts from R. David Lankes on...

5 steps to better stakeholder management

5 steps to better stakeholder management 5 steps to better stakeholder management “1.  Identify the stakeholders who will help you fulfil your goals Who are the influencers and key players who can help you get things done, and who can prevent plans from being realised? How are you supporting the current higher strategic goals of your institution or those of your library? Whose gains or pains are you trying to address? Who your allies in getting things done, and who do you really depend on? Who are not yet your allies and who are absolutely crucial to gain the funding or take-up you need to move forward with your new idea? List the ones that will help you achieve or obstruct your aims for the coming period by using a mapping software like MindManager or by drawing a mind map. 2.  Create a stakeholder matrix Next, plot your stakeholders by name and/or function on a matrix graph to reveal and/or visualise who your influential stakeholders are and where they stand in relation to your new process, policy, project or service. Key players have the most influence and interest in what you do. Influencers have less interest in your initiative at this stage but they are influential so important to convert. Your Fans are keen followers but lack influence to have a significant effect on what you plan to do. The Curious are stakeholders with less power and less interest in your initiative. 3.  Create a short stakeholder summary Create a short stakeholder matrix summary and prioritise each stakeholder based on their influence and interest. List your Key Players and Influencers first....

Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books

Expect Toronto’s newest library bus to be packed with technology as well as books The latest bookmobile will hit the road in May http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-mobile-library-books-1.3991581 “The Toronto Public Library is putting the finishing touches on its newest asset — a technology-filled branch on wheels. The city’s Library Board will be updated on Tuesday about the state of a new bookmobile that will be hitting the streets later this year. “The bookmobile provides service to some of the city’s most vulnerable and isolated residents.” city librarian Vickery Bowles told CBC Toronto Monday in an interview. Bringing books to refugees Bowles says the rolling branch played an important role last year in helping Syrian refugees when they were temporarily housed in hotels. City librarian Vickery Bowles says Toronto residents rely on the library for access to technology as much as they do books. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) “The bookmobile visited regularly to those hotels and got people library cards and books to those families when they were just getting settled in Canada. The bookmobile is also able to reach people who lack mobility due to age, illness or some kind of socio-economic or linguistic barriers.””  ...