I’m a big fan of “What if?” questions when it comes to planning and imagining. They’re my favorite way to think through both the positive and the negative about what we do, and I do it in my personal life as well as my professional one. (“What if I enrolled in a PhD program? What if we tried to have a baby?” was a recent and fruitful What If dyad, for example.)
And right now in my professional world we’re in the midst of a lot of change, both internal to the libraries and external to the College. We have a new president, and several new VPs, and several pending administrative retirements. Things are going to be changing, and I always prefer to be ready to offer options to my supervisors rather than to receive direction (though I am capable of taking direction!), because I believe you can’t declare yourself an authority on your area of expertise if you aren’t willing to share that expertise. And so I’m doing What If thinking like crazy right now.
What If we adopted the maker movement as part of campus movement towards creativity and innovation?
What If we double down on research help and information literacy and reframe our goals around them?
What If we truly became the technology center for the campus, including all support and technology literacy?
What If we embraced the “academic social space” role for our students and folded it intentionally into the mission of the libraries?
As I have the time and the coherent thoughts, I’m going to share some of those What Ifs, workshopping my own thoughts in writing. I invite you to play along as you wish!
I’m curious: What would you ask about libraries if you were going to do a What If?