Direction & Values - Library Strategy Planning
Over the last month we have been working on our library directions. I am pleased with how we have described ourselves, what we do and where we want to be. One of the things I like most is our values statement:
We cherish ubuntu (connection/humanity/compassion) and openness
I am excited that we explicitly state our commitment to openness in our directions. Theme 5: Being a place where people love to work and learn is my favourite theme. Particularly this statement:
Recognise risk as opportunities to learn fast
We will try new things and share our experiences, both successes and failures. Time to explore, think and play will be valued as helping us shape the future of our work.
Many people were involved in creating these statements and I am going to print them off and stick them on my wall so I can refer back to them now that we are working on our 2018-20 business plan.
Planning can be fun
We used a design thinking methodology. It was fast and creative. Led by one of our Directors, Gill Barthorpe. I first heard about design thinking in a library context, back in 2012-13, when Mal Booth started talking about work they were doing at UTS. Since then many libraries in Australasia have adopted the ethos and methodology for planning purposes. I know that we will be using it more here. We found it invigorated our planning and encouraged fresh and innovative thinking and ideas.
Anyone else out there using design thinking for library planning? I love to hear more.