Jeff Rosedale- Intro

12 Feb

I have never thought of myself as an innovator. Opportunist? Dilettante? Generalist? Hmmm… aren’t labels annoying?

Playing along for a moment, I can say honestly that there are times that I’ve done something unexpected for my “role.” My first professional position in the library world was as a department head in an academic library. I saw the patent absurdity in the long lines of students waiting for photocopied reserve readings housed in manila folders. Articles were mutilated, folders were lost, everyone commiserated. Then came electronic reserves. Not that it was my idea, but I boosted it with vigor. It became the norm within a few short years- and I had a hand in making it so.

I love teaching. This has turned out to be extremely important, though you never would have guessed that from the way most folks look at librarians. I was fortunate/crazy enough to coordinate the First Year Program at my college for a semester. The short duration was due to the fact that the then-President insisted that the Coordinator be a full-time faculty member. But in that one semester, I discovered and got us into the Foundations of Excellence program- a process that is still yielding campus-wide strategic planning directives and resource allocation decisions. Some of these even benefit the library!

My latest jaunt has been learning how to use ethnographic methodology in library planning. Again, this is not pioneering. At my institution, however, it has been powerful.

I know just enough technology to break things and then fix most of what I broke. I have great respect for those who truly know their stuff. That is one reason I’m here. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all!

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One Response to “Jeff Rosedale- Intro”

  1. Lisa Spiro February 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Hey, thanks for playing along! (“Profile of self as innovator” is a difficult genre, particularly for modest folks.) I would to a few larger points about innovation that come out of your stories: 1) innovation often comes out of recognizing a problem with how things currently operate; 2) innovation can come from crossing disciplinary boundaries.

    I’m looking forward to working with you.

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