Think Small to Think Big

graphAre you ever envious when you hear stories about libraries that are hosting programs that seem out of reach for your library due to lack of staff or funding? Do you ever get discouraged thinking how your library could never afford to do such an expensive or large scale project?

Maybe it’s time to change how you’re thinking! WebJunction hosted a webinar entitled “The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovative Incubator” that focused on how to do just that. If you missed it, you can still access the content, or you can read this recap, which highlights how small libraries can still achieve big goals with a change in how they think about the goal.

One way of accomplishing this is to start with small changes. You don’t have to do everything at once! One librarian discusses how she learned that another library spent $10,000 on a digital media lab. Knowing she could not afford such a large amount, she focused on what she could do and invested in $400 worth of equipment to get her library’s lab up and running.

Some North Dakota libraries would balk at even a $400 project, but remember, the point is to focus on what you can do rather than why you can’t do it.

What’s a lofty goal you have for your library that you could break down into smaller pieces? Share your ideas in the comments!


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