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My first blog post ? clearly a new direction for me!
And the direction that I?m heading is to say a few words about why we started the New Directions Initiative (NDI) and what the New Directions Coordinating Committee (NDCC) has been up to. The primary purpose of this post is to document why we started the NDI, especially for people that couldn't make the ND Kick-off Early Bird on Sept. 25th (here's the Early Bird Handout). Brian Quigley, my fellow NDCC blogger, will do the same in describing the ND process that we're going to follow in a separate post. Brian, you're in the ?on deck blogging circle" (or whatever it's called).
Before I go any farther, I wanted to say that the Early Bird was a great success. There was a lot of energy in the room and I was delighted to hear so many ideas for new direction. We'll post all the ideas that were recorded in our "benchmark exercise" on our website. More to come on this later.
So, why the NDI? Change happens so fast these days it?s easy to become numb to it. But just maybe, "numbness" is not the proper response. At the Early Bird, Tom proposed that the change we are experiencing is not only significant, but that it's accelerating. Some of these changes are welcome and some not.
There is a lot going on that can affect how our faculty and students go about their work in the future. Please feel free to add other changes that you find intriguing as a comment on this post. So, why are we NDI-ing? Because it's a good time to better understand these changes and how we need to adjust, as we continue our support of campus goals, programs, faculty and students. Thus, our NDI goal.
The goal of the New Directions Initiative is to support an open process that will allow the Library to understand and adapt to the evolving information needs of our faculty and students.
This leads us to the role of the New Directions Coordinating Committee (NDCC). Tom created the NDCC to design and facilitate the open process mentioned in our goal statement. The NDCC is not going to propose or develop new directions. That's your job (see, you don't get off the hook that easy). In designing the process, we had three main objectives in mind.
1. Provide opportunities for staff to learn about and reflect on the shifting Library environment, and future needs and services.
2. Engage the expertise of our staff, through multiple opportunities, to develop possibilities for new and enhanced Library services, or new ways existing service can be provided
3. Implement our new directions developed by staff
The Bottom Line: The NDCC is very optimistic that an inclusive and thoughtful process will produce exciting new directions.
If you've got this far and have something to say, please don't hesitate to leave a comment! A lot of comments may encourage me to blog more often.