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TOPIC: Innovative Thinking for Collections


  • Evaluate the purpose and core elements of a collection development policy, and its role as both a guiding and constraining framework for collection management [3.2]
  • Appreciate the broder context in which collection management takes place, and how intellectual freedom challenges, the global economy, the nature of parent organizations, publishing trends, etc. impact collection practices and policies [1.4, 5.1]


  • Textbook
  • Lesson plan
  • Unit 2 slide deck (PDF)
  • Slide deck on flashdrive or preloaded to laptop
  • Print copy of Pryce-Jones, J. & Lindsay, J.  (2014).  Running Great Meetings & Workshops for Dummies. Chicester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Print copy of LoCicero, J. (2008).  Streetwise meeting and event planning: From trade shows and conventions to fundraisers and galas - everything you need for a successful business event.  Avon, MA: Adams Media.



  • Read Ch. 2 Organizational Models, Staffing, and Responsibilities
    Sections include the following: - Collection management and development responsibilities
    - Assignment of responsibilities
    - Skills and competencies
    - Learning after school
    - Organizational models
    - Ethical issues
  • Litten, A.  (2008).  We're all in this together: Planning and leading a retreat for teaching librarians. Journal of Library Administration, 36:1-2, 57-69,
    DOI: 10.1300/J111v36n01_05
  • Read Maclusky, G. (2018). An overview of community innovation trends, Part One: Design-based approaches.  Tamarack Institute. (PDF) http://bit.ly/2Ks9vs1
  • Read the lesson plan and come to class prepared to actively participate
  • Team members bring digital devices for the group activity to create in-class a Plan for an Innovative Thinking Staff Retreat (approximately 1-2 pages in length, no more).


  • Focusing Activity = 20-30 minutes
    Activity: Heuristic Ideation Technique
    1. First, the Instructor introduces the Three Heuristics (rules) that will be used for this activity:
    a) A new collection can be formed by remixing the attributes of an existing collection.
    b) A new collection is best understood by describing two essential attributes that make it distinct from the general collection.
    c) A new collection will be especially compelling when the combination of two existing attributes are more different or more surprising.

    2. Working in groups of 6-8, students choose two categories of attributes to use in their matrix.  For example, a type of collection could be Reference (Print Encyclopedia, Online Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Phone Books, Directories, etc.) and the type of Questions these resources answer (Local Garden Supply Stores, Provincial Tax Rate, When women got the vote, etc.)

    3. Group members then use these lists to complete the matrix (aka a table), to create a variety of new combinations. 
    For example
    - What do you get when you combine Phone Books and When Women Got the Vote?  Maybe an online interactive website where dialing numbers on the interactive old-fashioned phone on the front page takes you to different jurisdictions around the country and world to explain how and when various women's groups got the vote.
    - What do you get when you combine Online Encyclopedia and Local Garden Supply Stores? Maybe, a WWII-themed Victory Garden LibGuide?

    4. After progressing as far as the group can, the matrices are posted around the classroom.  Students are encouraged to move about the classroom and see if there are any blank spots on the tables to which they could contribute more ideas.

    5. Finally, groups re-form and a Spokesperson from each group presents their work and results. 

    6. This discussion then is used to transition into a lecture about the various theories we can use to then assess and evaluate the ideas generated.

    Source: Gray, D., Brown, S., & Macanufo, J.  (2010).  Gamestorming: A playbook for innovators, rulebreakers, and changemakers.  Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, Inc. pg. 98-99.

    Original Source: Tauber, E. (1972).  HIT: Heuristic Ideation Technique, A systematic procedure for new product search. Journal of Marketing, 36: 58-61.


  • Lecture = Collection Consultation Report -- portfolio-based
  • Activity = Examining More Exercises for Creative and Innovative Thinking
    Note: For this activity, students can work in pairs or solo
    1.  Using the materials provided (books, printed articles, etc.) and any online tools students can access through their devices, the new groups should discuss and decide what activities they want to use for a day-long staff retreat.
    2. Working in student-chosen group (2-3 students or solo) for the portfoblio-based Collection Consultation Report, review and discuss
  • Lecture = Theories
    For those who need a bit more help grasping the concept of theories, here is a 28 minute recording re-teaching this lesson (.mp4).


  • Check-in
    Activity: Tweet-style Exit Slips
    As a way to tell me how today's class went, use one of the provided slips of paper to tell me something I should know. It is like tweeting at me, but offline.  Like tweeting, it allows everyone to share their voice.
    Tweets may include information on what is working or isn't working for you in the course.  It will also tell me what information I may need to include in the LMS (Moodle) or in the next in-person class.
    Formative assessments helps us work as a team together in helping everyone succeed this semester!
    Source: https://www.nbss.ie/sites/default/files/publications/exit-entry_slip_-_comprehension_strategy_handout_copy_2_0.pdf
  • Learning Consolidation
    DUE - In-Class Assignment #1 - Plan for Innovative Thinking Staff Retreat To be submitted within 48 hours by one group member to the Assignment #1 Folder in the LMS.