Six minutes on Library Island

I talked about the Library Island activity, which helps people and organisations to build strategic awareness and think differently about the communities they serve, with Chris DeCristofaro of the Library Pros podcast. Watch the video here, or on YouTube. You can hear the full conversation – which explores libraries, healthcare, play, strategy, and public service … Read more Six minutes on Library Island

Institutions at Play: Library Island coverage at the Finnish Library Association

“Eye-opening, polyphonic and above all fun” – at least, that’s how Google translates this piece on Library Island by the Finnish librarian Riitta Kangas. "Eye-opening, polyphonic and above all fun" — I like how Google translates this Finnish Library Island description from the fab @kangas_riitta's blog on lobbying, advocacy, vision & mission https://t.co/qEnDhqte3u pic.twitter.com/jOvS4DUNPk — … Read more Institutions at Play: Library Island coverage at the Finnish Library Association

Institutions at Play: Library Island in Perspektiv Magazine

How does a playful simulation help institutions to “see themselves from the outside”, reimagining their vision, mission, operations, and relationships? Yesterday on Library Island @HillsboroLib ­čôÜ­čî┤ pic.twitter.com/NLKjdCy4jN — Matt Finch (@DrMattFinch) December 5, 2018 In the new issue of┬áPerspektiv, the magazine of Denmark’s library union, you can read about Library Island and its variants. Whether … Read more Institutions at Play: Library Island in Perspektiv Magazine

What exactly is Library Island anyway?

I’ve spent a fair chunk of the last two years working on something called “Library Island”. You might have seen photos, videos, or social media posts appearing online as university staff, health workers, museum professionals, students, and, yes, librarians take part in this interactive training activity. Library Island might just be the best thing IÔÇÖve … Read more What exactly is Library Island anyway?

“Zombies, stay where you are!” – A @guardian visit to Library Island

They were sitting in rows in a room at the heart of the Guardian‘s Education Centre in London: teachers, librarians, educators, gathered for a day to explore reading for pleasure and attending to diverse voices in literature. They were happily caffeinated, ready to learn, excited for the day ahead of them. About a third of … Read more “Zombies, stay where you are!” – A @guardian visit to Library Island

Battle for Library Island @ALIAnls workshop notes

The team behind this year’s NLS8 conference have released notes from my┬áBattle for Library Island workshop in PDF, PPT, and Keynote formats. Public library simulator @ALIAnls #nls8 #noisy pic.twitter.com/9sKo2JXsDr — Matt Finch (@DrMattFinch) June 23, 2017 You can see some of the activities we used as warm-ups for this creative approach to organisational strategy and … Read more Battle for Library Island @ALIAnls workshop notes

Library Island hits #nls8

My professional development roleplay Library Island visited the New Librarians Symposium at the National Library of Australia last weekend. Librarians old and new joined forces to explore their work with communities in new, messy, and productive ways. Going beyond the vogue for design thinking, the safe, fictional space of “Library Island” allowed us to engage … Read more Library Island hits #nls8

Best #FyreFestival Ever: From Melbourne to Library Island

1.┬á#FyreFestival So you may have been watching accounts of the Fyre Festival’s collapse on social media. Yes; the #Fyrefestival story is as gloriously nightmarish as you've heard it is: https://t.co/NDEDEzPwE3 pic.twitter.com/O326sHByxF — Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) April 29, 2017 The much-hyped “luxury music retreat”, taking place on the Bahamas’ Exuma Islands, charged thousands of dollars for … Read more Best #FyreFestival Ever: From Melbourne to Library Island

Library Island: The Professional Benefit of Play

What is the professional benefit of play? When is it better to impose an objective, and when should we learn through experimentation and happy accident? How can we “fail better” without wasting valuable resources? In this month’s┬áLibrary Life┬ámagazine, I explore these questions through an account of┬áthe Library Island project I’ve been developing during my time … Read more Library Island: The Professional Benefit of Play