The Academic Library in Times of Change

Honoring the Past, Imagining the Future: Facilitating Productive Conversations about Change

April 14, 2018
4:10  -  5:10

Session Category :  Round Table Discussion 

Like many academic libraries, the UCR Library recently initiated a departmental reorganization process that affected several long-established units. From the beginning of the process, the leaders of the reorganization believed that it was critical to gather significant input from all of the staff members who would be affected by the change, both to learn about what worked (and didn’t) in the past, and to imagine possible futures. In this roundtable discussion, we will set the stage by sharing our ideas about methods and activities to foster productive and positive (but also honest!) conversations about transitions in roles and services. Then, we will open the discussion to brainstorm other approaches, considerations, and challenges to an inclusive approach to change management that honors and acknowledges past work, accomplishments, and challenges, while also thinking beyond what’s the status quo. We invite our colleagues who are interested in person-centered approaches to change to join us in this conversation.