Program (as of January 10, 2007)
We will be using a modified form of “Open Space”, an exciting and challenging technique for structuring group dialogue. The Open Space technique was originally created by Harrison Owen. The fundamental premise of Open Space is that the group knows what it needs to do, and thus it creates its own agenda through a series of steps, all of which call on group members to engage or disengage in the group conversation in an intentional and self-guided way. We believe that this process mirrors some of our experiences and desires for the world of libraries.
We will begin the day with an open forum, guided by Open Space principles, and then build the afternoon discussions based on the morning’s work. The program will follow the general flow below.
|8:30a||Registration opens; continental breakfast|
|9:00a||Welcome – steering committee|
|Open Space orientation and program development|
|10:00a||Small group work on topics|
|11:30a||Agora – coming back together; making sense of Open Space, plan for afternoon|
|Noon||Lunch (possible working sessions)|
|1:15p||Focused conversations/breakout sessions (based on morning’s findings|
|2:30p||Meeting wrap up: reports from afternoon work, key learnings, next steps, evaluations|
|4:00p||Attendee Reception – hosted by Innovative Interfaces|
For more information on Open Space go here.
The program will be facilitated by Laura Freebairn-Smith. Laura is currently conducting research on organizational development issues with the Medical Informatics group at Yale, providing diversity and organizational development guidance to Yale’s Library system, teaching leadership at the Drama School, and conducting a benchmarking study for Yale Law School. Prior to these projects, Laura served as Yale’s Director of the Organizational Development and Learning Center, which she designed and help create in 1999.
Laura’s background includes a BA from UC Berkeley (Philosophy and Political Science) and an MBA from Yale’s School of Management. She is in the dissertation phase of her doctoral work on hierarchy in the Organizational Systems program at the Saybrook Institute. Laura has published articles and chapters on organizational development topics, most recently on stereotyping.
Breakout Session Transcripts
Transcripts courtesy of Diane Bisom, UC Riverside Libraries
- Future of Tiaga; Scott Walter
- Information Control — Best Practices; Tom Wall
- Organizational Redesign; Katharine Farrell, Meg Bellinger, Jay Lambrecht
- Breaking/Reforming Professional Subcultures; Bob Wolven
- Faculty Status and Tenure; Michele Newberry and Gail Herrera
- Creating buy-in for more digital library services among staff / Digital knowledge creation; Marvin Bielawski/ Will Wakeling
- Future directions of library technology; Beth Warner
- Collaborate on everything; Shelley Phipps
- Risk taking; Catherine Friedman
- Integrating library services with curricular/co-curricular life programs; Fred Gertler
- Campus discussion on imagining the future of the library; Charles Chamberlain & Brenda Johnson
- Organizational structure of technical services; Brad Eden, Roy Ziegler
- When should libraries act consortially?; Mark Sandler
- Innovation with minimal process;
- Collections and Libraries after mass digitization; Margaret Landesman and Melissa Trevvett
- Developing trust/ability to delegate; Ann Frenkel
- Succession planning/leadership development in time of change; Rick Lugg, Scott Walter
- Academic libraries and net generation students; Susan Gibbons
- Search; Kristin Antelman, Cynthia Clark
- Skills needed; Steve Bosch