Sometimes it can be frustrating to hear great, innovative ideas that don’t sound like they’d ever be possible with your budget. Or maybe you’re tired of hearing about great “new” tools you’ve been using since you were in grad school. Maybe you even read some of the posts in this series and thought, Yawn. Been there, done that. What’s innovative to another librarian might not be for you–it might be scary, or passe, or just not right for your library.

So why not try something that’s new for you?

When we talk about innovation, I think too often we feel a lot of pressure to be truly on the cutting edge, whether it’s using the absolute newest technology or finding the next Printz winner. And let’s be honest: that can be exhausting. I don’t mean to discourage taking risks–please do!–but I also want us to give ourselves permission to applaud the little innovations in our daily lives.

Is your library embracing bookstore shelving? Way to go! Are you diving in to co-teaching a class? Fantastic! Encouraging a spontaneous dance party in the stacks? That is great, and also please invite me next time.

In the comments, what’s one new thing you’re trying?

About mk Eagle

I'm the librarian at Holliston High School, a bit west of Boston. In my spare time I advise my school's yearbook and Gay Straight Alliance, write about food, and root for the Red Sox.

2 Thoughts on “30 Days of Innovation #29: New to You

  1. Jacqui Milliern on April 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm said:

    Ebooks, ereaders, a smartphone-friendly website, and QR codes are all mere weeks away at my library. Though these are the norm or even passé at countless libraries, they are all debuting at my library during Summer Reading Program 2012. After these many months of planning, it still elicits an excited “Yikes!” from me.

  2. I am working with the technology coordinator to create student made book trailers which will be linked to QR codes that will be placed on the corresponding book. We have iPads but if you don’t you can create the same book trailers on animoto (free) and then attach it to a QR code (lots of free websites do it). Instead of me just book talking the summer reading list I show them student made book trailers and it always creates great intrest from students and teachers. This year though we are adding the QR codes and using a certain class to create the videos on the iPads. I also purchased a webcam for the catalog computer to scan QR codes for next year. Say a student looks at a book then gets to go over scan the book and see a 30 second video that their classmate created explaining the book in 6-7 sentences! A fun, modern approach to book talking!

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