Successful Libraries in Uncertain Times

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<ol><li> 1. Successful Libraries in Uncertain Times Presented by George Needham for the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association May 18, 2015 </li><li> 2. Not today </li><li> 3. There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home. KEN OLSEN FOUNDER OF DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION (DEC) QUOTED IN 1977 </li><li> 4. No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer. 640K ought to be enough for anybody. BILL GATES FOUNDER OF MICROSOFT QUOTED IN 1981 PERHAPS APOCHRYPHALLY </li><li> 5. the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse. ROBERT METCALFE INVENTOR OF ETHERNET AND 3COM FOUNDER QUOTED IN 1995 </li><li> 6. There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. STEVE BALLMER MICROSOFT CEO QUOTED IN 2007 </li><li> 7. Nice, but as long as there are readers, there will be scrolls. </li><li> 8. Never make predictions, especially about the future. CASEY STENGEL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME UNDATED, POSSIBLY APOCRYPHAL, QUOTE </li><li> 9. So how do we plan for the future? </li><li> 10. Successful libraries Align with their communities Question the orthodoxy Manage their message effectively Stay focused Make mindful choices </li><li> 11. Successful libraries align with their communities. </li><li> 12. Are relentlessly local Successful libraries </li><li> 13. Know the communitys self-image Successful libraries </li><li> 14. Develop bone-deep understanding Successful libraries </li><li> 15. Join the community conversation Successful libraries </li><li> 16. Create mutualistic relationships Successful libraries </li><li> 17. Then apply library skills liberally Successful libraries </li><li> 18. Successful libraries question the orthodoxy. </li><li> 19. Take risks Successful libraries </li><li> 20. Can adapt to any future Successful libraries </li><li> 21. Experiment with new services Successful libraries </li><li> 22. Experiment with presentation Successful libraries </li><li> 23. Encourage cross-training Successful libraries </li><li> 24. Practice technology agnosticism Successful libraries </li><li> 25. Let customers take the lead Successful libraries </li><li> 26. Successful libraries manage their message effectively. </li><li> 27. Evangelize reading and learning Successful libraries </li><li> 28. Emphasize abundance Successful libraries </li><li> 29. Rethink the elevator speech Successful libraries </li><li> 30. Have a clear, shareable vision Successful libraries </li><li> 31. Successful libraries stay focused. </li><li> 32. Show discipline Successful libraries </li><li> 33. Avoid mission dilution Successful libraries </li><li> 34. Define their desired outcomes Successful libraries </li><li> 35. Eliminate frustrating policies Successful libraries </li><li> 36. Leave the twiddly bits alone Successful libraries </li><li> 37. Focus on relationships Successful libraries </li><li> 38. Successful libraries make mindful choices. </li><li> 39. Choose their people carefully Successful libraries </li><li> 40. Choose optimism Successful libraries </li><li> 41. Choose civility Successful libraries </li><li> 42. Choose generosity Successful libraries </li><li> 43. Choose flexibility Successful libraries </li><li> 44. Choose teamwork Successful libraries </li><li> 45. Choose laughter Successful libraries </li><li> 46. Questions and Discussion </li><li> 47. Lets continue the conversation George Needham http://www.georgeneedham.net georgeneedham@yahoo.com </li></ol>