UGame ULearn: Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens talkingMichael Stephens spoke last, and gave an inspiring talk on change and libraries. Again, my random notes and tweets:

let our core values guide everything we do.

encourage the heart – satisfy their curiosity, encourage users, etc

Showing examples of good vs bad practices.

A “do not move the furniture” sign vs an academic library giving over the 1st floor to the students – putting in chairs and tables, and saying ‘ move them anywhere you want … and then watching what the students do with it, and plan new areas of the library around how the students move stuff around. Nice.

What gets in our way?

  • institutional culture – “we’ve always done it this way” that type of mindset
  • embedded staff – the staff that has hunkered down, it’s their stuff…
  • silos of knowledge – what if they leave?
  • outdated methods…
  • organizational structure
  • barriers and rules
  • mindset …

technolust – wanting tech because it’s sexy. Don’t do that – do it because it helps your mission

Guides, not gatekeepers. what we should be doing.

augmented reality – we need to be the ones adding content to physical spaces via augmented reality.

“A whole new mind” – Daniel Pink – a book to read

learning 2.0 – after going through a learning 2.0 program, there’s more confidence in libraries, new users, more awareness, etc. It will change your staff – new ways of thinking and working. They feel more included, confident.

confidence, use of new technologies, etc…

self-directed exploration.

non users – how do we find them?

find them, talk to them, GO to them. Ask them.

put the library everywhere – in the palm of your hand, in a beautiful building, etc.

Break down barriers – ex – your policy manual Can you change it, simplify it?

Develop your personal learning network – reading tweets, following blogs, etc – important to always be learning.

balance is key. Twitter will be there tomorrow. It’s ok to take a break, balance life.

Zigzag bridge

  • Sign with it – walk a bit, stop, then turn. Every time you turn, you change your point of view, your experience, etc.
  • “evil spirits” can’t follow you, because they fear change.

And one tweet:

if you’re not having fun, something is off. @mstephens7 #ugul10 9:38 AM Apr 1st via web

UGame – ULearn 2010 Symposium

I’m pretty psyched to be speaking at a number of cool places this year (if you’re really curious about my 2010 schedule, look at my presentations page – I try to keep that up-to-date with upcoming speaking gigs).

One conference I’m pretty psyched to be attending and speaking at is this year’s UGame – ULearn symposium. It will be held on April 1 in Delft, Netherlands.

OK – I admit. I’m geeked out about this one for a number of reasons here:

  1. It’s in the Netherlands! What’s not to like about that?
  2. I get to visit the DOK Library Concept Center, one of the coolest libraries ever
  3. I get to visit with some of my Dutch friends and colleagues who I usually only see online and at a couple of conferences
  4. Because this year’s UGame – ULearn symposium is all about the user experience.

Here’s more about the conference (from Jaap van de Geer):

“This year … UGame Ulearn … is all about the User Experience. Next to the use of gaming in educational programs and in libraries the theme of UGame Ulearn is always Innovation & Inspiration, with the focus on new services and products.

User Experience or UX has to do with the way customers or clients see your company, website and service. Is the experience satisfactory then they will come back, if not you may never see them again. The User Experience starts at home. Internet and the website play an important role, but also mouth to mouth and communication through communities such as Facebook and Twitter. How we can provide the best experience and which products can help us is the essence of UGame Ulearn 2010.

1st April the Auditorium of the TU Delft opens to welcome 700 librarians and educators. International speakers such as Michael Stephens, David Lee King and Gary Vaynerchuk will bring the visitors up to date under excellent supervision of our own world famous pod/vodcasting priest Father Roderick. This year we have decided to make the Exhibit Hall an important and interactive part of the conference with workshops and pitches and we make sure people have enough time in between speakers to visit the stands and listen to presentations on the latest innovations.”

So … if you’re able, come learn about the user experience with me! It should be a great symposium. If you can’t come in person, I promise to take good notes and post those … I might even post some photos and videos, too.

Here’s a video promo for the symposium: