Launching Large-Scale Library Initiatives: Innovation and Collaboration

This title will be available Summer 2021. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

Find on LibraryThing.Find on WorldCat.
Price: 
$54.99
ALA Member 
$49.49
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-4987-0
Published: 
2021
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
160
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, C, I
  • Description
  • About the Author

By proudly owning the audaciousness of the Big Idea, libraries demonstrate both their resiliency and value to their communities. This resource shares the insights and practical knowledge to make it happen.

The necessity for library leaders to demonstrate that libraries are innovative, collaborative, and can provide eye-catching, transformational services and programs to their communities cannot be understated. But libraries do not suffer from a lack of big ideas. What library workers really need is a roadmap for making those impactful ideas become reality. Based in part on her extensive experience coordinating large-scale initiatives, this guide from ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award-winning consultant Horton will walk you through formulating and shaping your ideas into sellable, actionable projects. You’ll learn 

  • techniques drawn from project management experts and researchers from many fields;
  • why Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) are worth your time and effort;
  • guidance on upscaling your idea into a project or service that can be launched at a statewide, community wide, or library consortium level;
  • several case studies of large-scale library projects, with analysis of why they were successful;
  • how to successfully combine foundational principles of innovation with practical methods for collaboration;
  • methods for extending your reach beyond your usual sphere to partner with other libraries and organizations;
  • how to sharpen your skills of persuasion;  
  • no-nonsense advice on leading teams of disparate individuals; and
  • evaluative tips for affirming the project is on the right track and then correcting course as needed.

Valerie Horton

Valerie Horton is a library consultant. She has served as the director of two library consortia: Minitex and the Colorado Library Consortium. She was also the library director at Colorado Mesa University, and worked at New Mexico State University and Brown University. In 2018 she was awarded the ASCLA’s Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. Horton received an ALA International Fellowship to automate libraries in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She has authored or co-authored three books for the American Library Association and was the co-general editor of the journal Collaborative Librarianship.

Also of Interest: 
Image for Library Next: Seven Action Steps for Reinvention
Library Next: Seven Action Steps for Reinvention
Image for Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement
Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement
Image for Transfer Student Success: Academic Library Outreach and Engagement
Transfer Student Success: Academic Library Outreach and Engagement
Image for STEM-Rich and Library Broke: Crash Course in Funding Innovative STEM Children’s Programs (ALSC Virtual Institute Archive)—GROUP RATE
STEM-Rich and Library Broke: Crash Course in Funding Innovative STEM Children’s Programs (ALSC Virtual Institute Archive)—GROUP RATE
Image for Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
Image for The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs
The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs
Image for The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs—eEditions e-book
The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs—eEditions e-book
Image for The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs—print/e-book Bundle
The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs—print/e-book Bundle