Imagine the NEXT! 2016 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians

Monday, October 17, 2016

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

School of Education Building 
1300 Spring Garden Street, University of North Carolina-Greensboro,  Greensboro, NC

Conference Proceedings have been published in the Proceedings of the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians

Featured Keynotes:

Old, New, & Borrowed – Archetypes for 21st century Library Design

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Kevin Huse, Principal at RATIO Architects

The Mindful Librarian: Bringing Mindfulness to Innovation

Richard Moniz, Director of Library Services at Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte, NC  

Full Conference Schedule

This year’s topics include:

  • Community/partner engagement
  • Enabling inspiration
  • Instructional design
  • Professional development for entrepreneurial librarians
  • Research and service support for entrepreneurs

For more information about the conference contact:

Mary Scanlon;  [email protected]

Mike Crumpton;  [email protected] 

Conference Presentations

Community/Partner Engagement (Room 102)


From sidewalk cracks to Dusty stacks : “Grass Routs” engagement for Community impact in public libraries. With impact as a compass and grassroots engagement as a map, the presenter  spearheads a number of library initiatives that address key issues, leverage opportunities for development and contribute to positive outcomes in his community.  Richard Ashby Jr. Yeadon Public Library


A New Model for Public Service in Academic Libraries : Changing Library Roles, Taking Risks to Make a Difference for Students, Faculty, Staff and the Community. The UNT Libraries re-imagined public services as an audience-based model integrating the library with the university for success. What opportunities and challenges arose? What’s NEXT?    Susan Smith & Julie Leuzinger, University of N. Texas Presentation Slides

1:45 – 2:40

Reaching University Students via Partnerships with Non-academic Departments. Partnerships with non-academic departments can be instrumental in reaching college students who do not seek library assistance but need it. Find out how. Joan Serpico, Rider University Presentation Slides

2:50 – 3:45

Dog people and cat people: when theory meets practice. Using the metaphor of dogs and cats, we will describe the culture shift that Belk Library underwent due to new leadership, a new promotion process, and building renovations.  We will share our experiences, strategies, and lessons learned as we’ve embraced change and fast-tracked strategic planning in an entrepreneurial academic library. Teresa LePors & Joan Ruelle , Elon University

Enabling Inspiration (Room 104)


Creating a Culture of Yes: Building Goodwill Through Policy and Practice. Imagine a world of resource sharing and access, libraries letting go of the 19th century guardianship role;  where welcoming library policies and practices create opportunities for information access, embodying that culture of yes, even when you have to say no. Discover ways to encourage this cultural shift to the library of yes! Heather Jett, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


Business Librarian. Interweaving disparate networks to create professional opportunities through NC LIVE, a Library Service and Technology (LSTA) grant, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Dan Maynard, Campbell University

1:45 – 2:40

Innovation in libraries may be as simple as staying on the bus. Innovation is not just about the next best thing; it is often more about re-tooling and re-working for long-term success; about “staying on the bus.”  Patricia Sobczak & Bettina Peacemaker , Virginia Commonwealth University

2:50 – 3:45

LEAPing for the Stars! Belk Library as an entrepreneurial model of an engaged academic library. Belk Library’s 5-year strategic plan mapped ambitious and entrepreneurial objectives to connect the library to high impact learning experiences. Learn how the library is embedded in efforts to engage and challenge students on our campus reflecting our commitment to high impact practices.  Patrick Rudd & Dianne Ford, Elon University

Instructional Design (Room 106)


Inventing the Future: Applying Design Thinking to NexGen Online Program Development. Imagine the next generation of libraries by applying Design Thinking to your own libraries’ program development.  Lisa Becksford & Stephanie Metko, Virginia Tech  Presentation Slides


Transforming Instructional Design: Using Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to invoke change and to incorporate the Framework into instructional practice. The creation of a Professional Learning Community, through meetings with structured reading and interactive discussions, our faculty were able to establish norms, build trust within the group, foster collective ownership over instructional design practices, revolutionize our student learning outcomes, create effective and more navigatable LibGuides, and develop a shared philosophy of teaching, learning, and assessment.  Natalie Bishop, and Dr Pam Dennis, Gardner-Webb University   Presentation Slides

1:45 – 2:40

“You can do it, we can help.”: The librarian’s new role as course content curators.  To address the rising cost of textbooks, we have established a framework for assisting faculty with course development. This session will prepare you to help faculty build courses that are rigorous as well as affordable using library resources and open access tools. CJ Ivory & Missy Murphey, University of Central Florida Presentation Slides

2:50 – 3:45

Off-line libraries for underserved areas. Over the past 15 years, the Chapel Hill non-profit WiderNet has developed systems for delivering educational information using off‐line information stores; collaborating with partners all over the world to identify high-quality content that addresses the information and education needs of nearly five billion people who lack Internet access. Cliff Missen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Professional Development (Room 108)


How LIS Education can influence entrepreneurial attributes for Future Librarians. Utilizing resources such as the Maryland study called “The future of the MLS”, the presenters will make the case for incorporation of skills related to taking risks and embracing innovation into the education process, both inside and outside the classroom.  Mike Crumpton & Nora Bird, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Presentation Slides


Obstacles to Innovation: How to Plan for a Future with Roadblocks. The presenter will discuss roadblocks to consider when undertaking a new project and how to prepare for barriers that might jeopardize the success, and engage the audience in discussion of challenges they have faced in trying to innovate and creative solutions to work around them. Breanne Crumpton, North Carolina Museum of Art  Presentation Slides

1:45 – 2:40

The Business of Starting and Sustaining an Academic Conference. After feeling frustrated with the minimal amount of scholarship or professional development for Access Services, we developed a 2-day conference focused 100% on topics related to access services.  The conference, now in it’s 8th year, has continued to grow, providing a service to the Access Services community. Learn best practices and lessons learned from our development. Karen Glover & Stella Richardson, Georgia Tech, Denita Hampton, Georgia State University Libraries, &  Catherine Downey, Georgia Gwinnett College Library

2:50 – 3:45

The Next Workforce – Talent Management in Academic Libraries/A Librarian in the Provost’s Office. This presentation introduces elements of talent management and their valuable relationship to organizational strategies.  It examines current research on the adoption of talent management in higher education including the results of an ARL study which assessed the utilization of talent management practices in academic libraries.  Learn tangible ideas for participants on adopting a talent management mindset.  Meredith Taylor, University of Texas at Austin  Presentation Slides

Research Service/Support (Room 110)

11:25 – 12:20

Your Next Opportunity is Your Next Conversation: Talking to Faculty about Academic Libraries/Imagine Telling the Provost that YOU Helped Campus Receive a Research Grant!  Academe speaks “teaching, research, and service,” and academic librarians should too. Transforming your conversation brings great opportunities. Come and build better faculty communication! Stephen Bollinger & Nina Exner, North Carolina A&T

1:45 – 2:40

Developing Liaison Librarians for Data-Intensive Research Engagement. At NCSU, librarians have developed a curriculum which is being offered to the library community as the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians, enabling participants to develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with researchers.This presentation will discuss the skills liaison librarians must now learn to support faculty and students in these new areas. Hilary Davis & Honora Eskridge, North Carolina State University.   Presentation Slides

2:50 – 3:45

The Future of Subject Specialists in Academic Libraries. The presenters will address whether subject specialists remain relevant in the future and predict anticipated evolutionary changes to current responsibilities, potential for expanded roles, and the need for education and skills beyond the MLS that might be needed by new librarians aspiring to these positions as well as professional development recommended for current subject specialists. Betty Garrison, Elon University & Mary Scanlon, Wake Forest University

Look for conference proceedings to be published in the Proceedings of the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians in May, 2017