Here are my notes from day 2 of the conference. I had a great time. Because the topic doesn’t quite fit with my usual interests, I probably wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t had a professional connection. But I’m glad I did. It was helpful to hear speakers talk about librarianship in terms of entrepreneurship. I would probably just call it innovation and innovative thinking, but the idea is to celebrate the rethinking of our work and the way we do our everyday practices.
Katina Strauch: from an unentrepreneur, or the creator of the Charleston Conference
- They don’t do any marketing for conference; entirely word of a mouth
- Stages of entrepreneurship:
- Conviction: young and stupid
- Idea: create your own conference
- the conference captured mood of serials and acquisitions crowd
- exhibits are held before conference and not during
- focus on ideas and not products
- Venture: both conference and journal are limited liability corporations
- the functioning of the business
- she talked about the things to avoid and memories of the conference
- Building a sustainable business:
- Katina wants the conference to continue on as long as possible.
- She recommended book, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
- They don’t want the conference to get too big, but how to do you control the size?
Running an Information-Services Business Within a Large Global Corporation with Mark Pandick, IBM Market Insights
- Manages an research services unit within a company (IBM)
- Challenge for company is having to move into new markets — how get reliable information for workers in developing countries
- His knowledge services focus includes self-help tools and a knowledge center
- No physical library – everything they do is virtual
- Knowledge center has over 20,000 requests a year
- Relationship managers – helping clients with projects (either topical areas or parts of the business);
- Each year they start from premise they have no budget – they have to be self funding unit
Open Mic: Using Students to Crowdsource Marketing and Outreach During a Library Renovation with Dean Sullivan and Anne C. Barnhart
- University of West Georgia
- Try to get student buy-in with major library renovations
- Did a “count the computers” contest: Had students count number of current computers and then compare with how many more would be provided by renovation. The put their number in a basket for a drawing.
- They had fun signs about the renovation
- Poetry wall
- A temporary construction wall
- For national poetry month told students they could write poetry on the wall
- A lot of the poetry were Bible verses and then became graffiti
- On another wall they told student orgs they could decorate parts of the wall. Went well except did have some controversial signs
- How to survive the library renovation project:
- Asked students to design posters and videos for a contest;
- Grand prize was two $25 gift certificates to restaurants
- Didn’t get many entries and not quality they were expecting
- Lessons learned
- Students had already given up on the library?
- Sidewalk chalking might be another approach
- Someone suggested the book, My Freshman Year, an anthropological study of freshman life
Tim Spalding, LibraryThing: I was eating lunch during his great talk, so no notes.
- Basically he talked about what start-up is and his journey through the process of creating a start-up company.
- He was pretty harsh about opacs and library vendors and our subservient relationships with them. He is right.
I gave a lightning round on our in-house librarian project. It went well (I think) and I had fun giving the talk. I was surprised by the number of people who a) seemed cynical about training an undergraduate student to be a first responder to library questions, and b) thought that a project like this would cause the downfall of the library. Or maybe it was just me.
I have to admit that stopped taking notes after my lightning talk, but here is what I did jot down.
- Talked about NC SeAL, the NC shared eaudio library project
- Talked about not wanting to be a librarian in a library
- What are the transferable skills?
- Creating information products for nonprofit organizations to help them isolate information about the groups they want to support
Angela Swiezy and Mary Gaylord from Eli Lilly:
- The company needed to become more outcomes-based
- Their research group did a workshop called “find the entrepreneur in you”
- Created an interactive website with a bibliography
- Created an idea board on which employees could post ideas from workshops
- Entrepreneurs aren’t just risk takers; they are also collaborative and creative workers
Everyone did a great job! It is a good format for delivering ideas and keeping the interest levels high. The lightning rounds were a good challenge for me. I’m accustomed to presenting, but usually I don’t plan out quite as much. The lightning talk goes quickly and it is best to be prepared if you want to get your information out there (and make it entertaining). It is the first time in a while that I’ve written out my presentation and practiced the delivery.