October 27-29 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Workshops at Internet Librarian include one full-day academy, Searchers Academy, along with a wide array of half day workshops on topics including information architecture, trends, Drupal, makerspace, negotiating, metrics, designing space, and more.

W11 - Startup Thinking 101

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
M.J. D'Elia, Associate Chief Librarian, Engagement & Access, University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Helen Kula, Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga Library

There is definitely a need for libraries to think like startups! To emulate startup culture, there is some learning to do! This interactive workshop shares information on the build-measure-learn cycle, validated learning, iterative design, continuous improvement, and other components of lean thinking. It emphasizes the importance of hands-on development, prototyping, and hypothesis testing. Join the conversation and make entrepreneurial thinking a habitual part of our library practice and profession. In April 2012, Brian Matthews published a widely circulated white paper that encouraged libraries to “think like a startup.” But just how do startups think? Come learn the fundamentals of startup thinking—and see how this can be put into practice in your library. This active learning session focuses on key lean startup concepts such as customer development, the business model canvas, the value proposition, the build-measure-learn cycle, and minimum viable product. Attendees have the opportunity to apply startup thinking to one of their ideas for a new library service or product during this session.

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