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"Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. In this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles. This book walks readers through ho "Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. In this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles. This book walks readers through how to: identify the community's motivating factors; create a culture of learning at the library; apply courage, curiosity, and creativity to cope with challenges; ask the right questions to get the right answers; draw out creative ideas from both staff and the community; and use creativity exercises for both individual and group problem solving"--


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"Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. In this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles. This book walks readers through ho "Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. In this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles. This book walks readers through how to: identify the community's motivating factors; create a culture of learning at the library; apply courage, curiosity, and creativity to cope with challenges; ask the right questions to get the right answers; draw out creative ideas from both staff and the community; and use creativity exercises for both individual and group problem solving"--

40 review for Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community

  1. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    This book is largely regurgitated dead white dude heteropatriarchal garbage. The authors praise Plato, Benjamin Franklin, and Andrew Carnegie without any critical analysis and cite exactly 0 women and people of color. Invigorate? More like STAGNATE.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danny Reid

    The 'ideas' in the title are absent, instead quoting corporate CEOs and historical figures in transparent attempts to be 'inspirational'. It's one of those books that does the "such-and-such is defined in such-in-such dictionary"-level analysis. The book also screams that libraries must, MUST be neutral while quoting no one but white men and only mentioning programs that would cost any mid-to-small sized library an exorbitant amount of cash. Embarrassed I wasted my institution's money on it. The 'ideas' in the title are absent, instead quoting corporate CEOs and historical figures in transparent attempts to be 'inspirational'. It's one of those books that does the "such-and-such is defined in such-in-such dictionary"-level analysis. The book also screams that libraries must, MUST be neutral while quoting no one but white men and only mentioning programs that would cost any mid-to-small sized library an exorbitant amount of cash. Embarrassed I wasted my institution's money on it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Kendall

    A bit more broadly philosophical than is particularly useful for my library. I can see how it could serve, for example, a metropolitan library, but overall, it's odd that "transform" and "invigorate" are the goals of the book, but the book is primarily concepts by Plato, Socrates and Carnegie. A bit more broadly philosophical than is particularly useful for my library. I can see how it could serve, for example, a metropolitan library, but overall, it's odd that "transform" and "invigorate" are the goals of the book, but the book is primarily concepts by Plato, Socrates and Carnegie.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Philosophy heavy, with the usual outreach ideas. Love the chapter on management though, that is worth a standalone reading.

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