Libraries can stay relevant to their users by strategically riding the wave of societal trends. [This article is excerpted from What They Don’t Teach You at Library School, to be published by ALA Editions in July].
Step 1: Identify potential sources of information for societal and library trend tracking
Step 2: Develop a method for regularly reviewing those resources.
Step 3: Search social networking sites.
Step 4: Review each idea that you pulled out of your research, considering potential implications for your library.
Step 5: Leave your idea list in a file until you start the same process the next week.
Step 6: When you identify the ideas that you want to pursue for your library, get together with some of your fellow librarians to help you review the ideas and find the good and bad about them.
Step 7: Put the ideas back in the file and let them sit for another week.
Step 8: Once a month, pull out one idea that has gone through steps 1–7.
Step 9: Approval.
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