Brian Mathews > Associate Dean > Learning and Outreach >
The University Libraries of Virginia Tech
Facing the Future > We don’t just need change > we need breakthrough, paradigm-shifting, transformative, disruptive ideas.
- Startups are organizations dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
- Now is not the time to find new ways of doing the same old thing.
- Launching a good idea is always better than not launching an awesome one.
- Don’t just expand services: solve problems.
- The library is a platform, not a place, website, or person.
- Libraries need less assessment and more R&D.
- Focus on relationship building instead of service excellence and satisfaction.
- Don’t just copy & paste from other libraries: invent!
- Grow your ideas: Build, Measure, Learn.
- Iterate & Prototype.
- Plant many seeds; nurture the ones that grow.
- Seize the whitespace.
- Good ideas are usable, feasible, and valuable.
- Give new ideas a place to incubate.
- Give new ideas enough time to blossom.
- Give new ideas a way to get funded.
- Give new ideas the talent they require.
- Give new ideas room to fail… and then evolve.
- Give up on a new idea if it just don’t work.
- Innovation happens out in the open—not behind closed doors.
- Innovation is a team sport. Practice it regularly.
- Innovation is messy.
- Innovation is disruptive.
- Real innovators get their hands dirty.
- Being strategic is about stretching not sustaining.
- Stake a claim in other parts of the scholarly enterprise.
- Build a strategic culture, not a strategic plan.
- Entrepreneurialism is a cultural imperative, not something that should only happen in small pockets of your organization.
- Strive to change the profession.
- Aim for epiphanies
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