Sparking Innovation in your Library: Lessons from startup, R&D, and venture capital

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Live Webcast 
June 13, 2013
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Academic libraries are experiencing tremendous change. Advances in publishing, technology, pedagogy, and research are shifting roles across campuses. Librarians are expected to address emerging needs, requiring entrepreneurial thinking in order to deliver these new services.  This live, interactive webcast will explore ideas from startups, R&D labs, venture capital firms and other innovative organizations. Learn how you can apply the mindsets, toolsets, and cultural qualities to your library.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how the lean startup methodology applies to libraries.
  • Learn how R&D practices can improve your library’s assessment and growth programs.
  • Learn about various cognitive tools and thinking styles that can fuel your library’s ideation processes.
  • Learn about the value of establishing a culture of innovation.

Presenter: Brian Mathews is Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech. He blogs at The Ubiquitous Librarian for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Brian regularly writes and presents on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurialism. His website is: www.brianmathews.com

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. It is recommended that you also use a microphone to ask questions/make comments. If you do not have or do not wish to use a microphone, you may ask questions through text-based chat.

If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: www.learningtimes.net/techcheckell.html.

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location

How to register: 

How to register:  

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Class size is limited to 60 participants. You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Full refunds will be granted prior to the start of the Webcast. If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).

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