Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Get the Creative Juices Flowing!

There are always times when we seem to be completely out of steam and ideas.  We feel like we are simply recycling old projects or programs over and over and over and over (you get the idea!).  However, creativity is truly the key to a successful and innovative program. Recently, in my Resources for Young Adults class, we broke into small groups and brainstormed for five to ten minutes on programming ideas for public and school libraries. It was absolutely amazing how many ideas we came up with in such a short amount of time!  As Mary Kay Biagini, head of the School Library Certification Program at Pitt, noted, "For all programs you are only limited by your own lack of creativity."  Truer words have never been spoken! Just talking to Mary Kay and attending her class often leads to great inspiration and rejuvenation. (If you couldn't tell, I am one of Mary Kay's biggest fans!)

Do you need some ways to get those creative juices flowing? Then check out this blog post on the Heart of Innovation: "100 Simple, Low-Cost Ways to be More Creative on the Job." Some of the suggestions are as simple as taking a walk outside, remembering your dreams, and working in a cafe.  But they are all excellent and sure to result in some great programs and services for your library!