#l1brar1an11 Closing L1brar1an Conference Remarks

Vincente Fox by valiszebra
Vincente Fox, a photo by valiszebra on Flickr.

What a “get”, right? Vincente Fox, former President of Mexico, to close out the 2011 L1brar1an Conference. Wait a minute, you say? What does the former President of Mexico have to say about libraries? Well, truthfully, nothing directly. His speech was about economics and international relations. Yet, I think sometimes library conferences fall down when they book library cheerleaders, authors, or fan’s of libraries to be their speakers. How can we break our silos, collaboration, and network if we simply talk to and about ourselves. Where is the potential in that? As librarians we need to make connections to the real world with our work and services. Vincente Fox was a great choice to inspire change, collaboration and thinking outside the box. For example, did you know that President Fox is an advocate for legalizing drugs? Pretty radical right? But from his viewpoint it serves a legitimate purpose, the people of Mexico are in the middle of the US drug trade and hurting terribly. It is kind of inspirational to completely change the playing field by removing the problem altogether or as he said “we are paying too high a price for too little of a return”. It might not be the ideal solution but it is an example of playing the game a whole different way. Libraries need to play the game a whole different way. As the morning keynote speakers pointed out changes in technology, patron demands, and library funding are going to require libraries to rethink, re-imagine, and do things differently.

All in all, a great closing speaker, which left me with a lot to think about. Here are some of my take-a-ways from the speech:

-Lead with purpose. What is your purpose?

-Don’t forget your neighbors as collaborators

-Don’t ignore the expertise and lessons learned of those who have experienced repeated crises

-Democracy must also DELIVER not simply be a form of government.

-You can build the future you want, because we are all leaders.

A replay of President Fox’s press conference about his visit to Western Oregon University is available here:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20111020/UPDATE/111019025/1001

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#l1brar1an11 Swinging Into the Future

Swing time by valiszebra
Swing time, a photo by valiszebra on Flickr.

Spent a nice time at the park reflecting on the day. Been a great conference so far. Looking forward to hearing what Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico has to say in the closing presentation of the 2011 L1brar1an Conference.

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Beautiful Losers film @ 2011 L1brar1an Conference

As part of the 2011 L1brar1an Conference we watched the documentary Beautiful Losers about DIY art. This inspired us to look at libraries in a different light.

As part of the 2011 L1brar1an Conference we were asked to view the documentary Beautiful Losers and muse on how these DIY artists might inspire libraries.
Beautiful Losers (2008)

The greatest cultural accomplishments in history have never been the result of the brainstorms of marketing men, corporate focus groups, or any homogenized methods; they have always happened organically. More often than not, these manifestations have been the result of a few like-minded people coming together to create something new and original for no other purposethan a common love of doing it.
Here are my thoughts about libraries from watching this documentary.
#l1brar1an11 arts is for the public not the artist. libraries are for the community not the librarian
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#l1brar1an11 Libraries are joy builders!
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#l1brar1an11 one artist’s inspiration is that someone will learn from what they do…just like librarians and libraries…just like everyone
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#l1brar1an11 libraries can be the spark that sets up a thousand small revolutions… just like art!
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#l1brar1an11 at some point you move from the object of art to the doing of art
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#l1brar1an11 arts is for the public not the artist. libraries are for the community not the librarian
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#l1brar1an11 much like the love reading… the love of drawing is sometimes disappears as a child.
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#l1brar1an11 Artists take a space and make it their own. Patrons should take a library and make their own!
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#l1brar1an11 Connection from keynote to Beautiful Losers = people get obsessed with perfection and get frozen from doing anything at all
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#l1brar1an11 Graffiti tags are instant communication that convey ethic, ethos, and challenges.How can libraries communicate this instantly?
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#l1brar1an11 art allows artists to move from outsider to insider.What can libraries use to move from outside the mainstream to the inside?
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#l1brar1an11 Funny can be the best sledgehammer. It’s punk. It’s art. Why not? What is the library’s sledgehammer?
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#l1brar1an11 influences are mindblowing for artists! POV changers!The more a library influences a community the more mindblowing they can be
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#l1brar1an11 A DIY rope swing on a tree brings such joy to a community. What small DIY library projects can we use to build joy?
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#l1brar1an11 skateboarding has evolved from an art, almost like dancing, to a sport concerned with competition
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#l1brar1an11 libraries have evolved from a shared public good to government bureaucracy
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#l1brar1an11 art spaces bring people together. libraries bring people together. both can make people feel a part of something
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#l1brar1an11 DIY = no stakes. Just do. This attitude empowers. Libraries empower readers. Just read. No stakes.
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#l1brar1an11 some young artists leave the suburbs to go the city. let’s reach out kids in our community & welcome them to the city of books
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#l1brar1an11 graffiti art is free, train art is free, library books are free. Find your inspiration! Feed your imagination.
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#l1brar1an11 art keeps you in touch from where your from… your influences. A library can be a collection of your influences… your past
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#l1brar1an11 libraries should participate or forget it
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#l1brar1an11 inspiration builds community. If libraries can inspire, they will help build their community
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#l1brar1an11 it takes time to grow into an art space… it takes time to grow in a library
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#l1brar1an11 when artists grow up they become power brokers who get ART. let’s make readers in libraries our own power brokers of the future
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#l1brar1an11 libraries should inspire other libraries!
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#l1brar1an11 thanks for your patience. I am done tweeting abt Beautiful Losers documentary & libraries. indulgent public brainstorming!
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#l1brar1an11 Keynote Speech Summary

The 2011 L1brar1an Conference Keynote speeches were held here!

If you haven’t figured out, the “keynote speeches” for the 2011 L1brar1an Conference are the candidate presentations for the State Librarian position here in Oregon. It was great to hear, as one candidate put it, the “prose and poetry” of being a State Librarian. Oregon is lucky to have a very good pool of candidates. I don’t think they could terribly wrong with any of them.  One even recited some cowboy poetry… how is that for interesting!

Here are some generic points and highlights from their talk:

  • Everyone mentioned funding, change in services, and speed of technology change as the big challenges for State Libraries.
  • A analogy used was to compare the internet to shallow rivers and libraries to deep lakes. One you can get your toe wet, the other you immerse yourself in.
  • You can’t do more with less. Less is less. You need to do things differently!
  • Need to find solutions that are gain/gain for both parties
  • Libraries need to look beyond the traditional channels of collaboration.
  • Libraries are service professions. Cutting libraries means cutting expertise.
  • Give e-readers to state legislators and workers to build understanding.
  • State Libraries ARE academic libraries!
  • Libraries should be content producers.
  • Need explore hybrid lending models. Libraries purchase five owned copies of new books but also lease 100 copies to meet patron demand for that item. Once demand decreases revert to owned copies.
  • Libraries provide Collections for knowledge, Conversations for knowledge, and Context for knowledge.
  • Only 3 questions submitted online to be read to the candidates… that saddens me a little.
  • School Libraries and Academic Libraries  had an advocate in the room asking challenging questions! To bad it was only one.
  • Buzzwords: economies of scale, leveraging, look for efficiencies, lifelong learning…
Next up is watching and musing on the documentary Beautiful Losers at 1pm. The movie is streaming via Netflix. Remember the hashtag for the 2011 L1bar1an Conference is #l1brar1an11 … feel free to follow along on Twitter.
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#l1brar1an11 First Keynote

Interesting talk so far. Good questions including how to seek out non-traditional avenues for collaboration. A comment about seeking out duplication of sources because some items are already online. Newspapers were given as an example. It made me wonder if duplication is the correct word to use. Is it really a difference in formats or if it is more akin to articles being republished in Readers Digest?

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