Regina recently wrote about the use of the term “community center” versus the term “library.” Then I read a blog post entitled “Why Your Company Needs a Disruptive Business Model,” which seemed to echo the point that Regina was making. “The reality of the economic landscape demands that a business must either figure out how to create new markets for its products and services or reshape existing ones to stay relevant.”
Of course this is going to take some work on the part of library staff. What are the unmet needs in our communities? What is our niche? Who are we not reaching? How can we broaden our customer base? We are going to have to observe trends, especially in technology, and embrace change.
Change is scary. It can also be risky, especially when resources are limited and we are not sure that something new is going to work. That is the reason that PLAN developed its Innovation Projects. This program allows member libraries to try new ideas and services, without investing their own limited resources. Based on the results of an Innovation Project, libraries can determined if a new program is worth continuing.
Contingent upon Library Cooperative Grant funding, PLAN is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Now is a great time to start planning what disruptive changes your library is going to make.