Hi MAALL friends,
For those interested in attending the AALL webinar on strategic leadership, we'll have this forum open for discussion. I will be attending and I am eager to hear what the presenters have to say!
I just listened to the webinar this morning and I am thinking about some of the ideas that Mr. Shen discussed. I was looking at the webinar from the lens of MAALL leadership, but also trying to keep my mind open to leadership in my library.
In thinking about anticipating trends, Mr. Shen recommended keeping eyes open on the wider picture. I can't disagree with that assessment, but I feel like many of us are dealing with the reality of a downsized staff.
What strategies have you developed for taking in and digesting ideas and still getting your work done at the end of the day? Or what do you think would help you do that in a perfect world?
I've attempted to keep up by reviewing blogs/forums/webinars/YouTube stuff on Friday afternoons. I set aside time on my calendar to allow myself to review things and then try (operative word being try) to consider the ideas I've been exposed to. I don't always have the time but having it there reminds me to do at least make the attempt.
Meg, that sounds like a great use of that time. A lot of times, I've lost my ooomph by that time of the day and week.
On another topic, did ya'll buy into his idea that we live in a VUCA world? VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. I find myself looking askance at anyone that says things were simpler in "the old days." On one hand, I think things are changing rapidly right now. But I also thing they've been changing rapidly for the last 100 years. I'm not sure this stage is radically different. Do you agree?
Cindy and Meg,
Thanks for your comments. My overall reaction is that law librarians already spend a good deal of time anticipating - we monitor trends in the industry, learn from the past, communicate with stakeholders, etc. I think some of our issues revolve around the fact that our industry is fairly conservative in that we aren't often early adopters, so by the time innovation trickles down to the law library, the idea is hardly innovative. I'd like to see our libraries more connected to people in technology so that we can take quicker advantage of innovations that are adaptable to legal information resources and techniques.
My thoughts for Friday afternoon!