Director’s Briefs Topics

Hey all – I think it would be a good idea to hear from each of you about your Director’s brief topic. Please share below, send me an @michael update, a private message, or an email!

Just want to make sure everyone is on track.

53 thoughts on “Director’s Briefs Topics

  1. Profile photo of Katy GoKaty Go

    @michael I’d like to pursue a customized library privacy toolkit for my Director’s brief. At this stage, my plan would include three elements: (1) programming geared toward children/teens and perhaps both new and digitally savvy tech users; (2) a suite of in-library software and browser add-ins based on the Library Freedom Project’s privacy toolkit ( This is intended to educate library users on secure browsing and internet habits as well as providing additional levels of security depending on a user’s particular information needs; and (3) a marketing campaign geared toward both library users and non-users that spurs thinking about privacy in their day-to-day internet and mobile use. This campaign could possibly be delivered in the form of a component of a dedicated library app or through beacon notifications as well as traditional e-mail and social media campaigns.

  2. Profile photo of Paula GreenePaula Greene

    Hi @Michael, I was recently talking to a colleague who was exploring using the Koha free, open source Library Management System for their school libraries. Since I spend a lot of my time testing and using open source systems I felt that this a good opportunity to look at Koha and/or any other similar open source LMS to create my Director’s Brief on the benefits (and potential pitfalls) of using a open source system like this for a library with limited financial resources. See (

  3. Profile photo of Joleen JinJoleen Jin

    Hi @michael, I am considering both 1:1 Mobile devices within a school library context(developing an overall digital literacy program) as well as gamification as possible topics, but am a bit concerned that those may be too broad. Would I need to narrow down the focus of either of those to either a specific program or game, or are those topics ok to address in a broader context?

  4. Profile photo of Margaret SanchezMargaret Sanchez

    My interest in developing a Learning Commons within my school library has been with me for some time. There are so many facets and emerging technologies that could potentially go into this endeavor, therefore, focusing on the whole learning commons would most likely make my Director’s Brief sketchy and lacking depth. So, I would like to focus on something that would be part of the project and eventually encompass the whole school environment. This would be a 1:1/BYOD program. I would like to introduce the benefits of having a BYOD program and suggest policies that would be structured for the program’s success.

  5. Profile photo of DanielleDanielle

    My library hosts an institutional repository, but it’s sort of dormant and not much utilized. Also, I don’t think it reflects current thinking/best practices regarding the structure and the value of this resource. I’d like to propose some ways to increase the value and visibility of, and participation in, the repository, including incorporating a really kick-ass gamification scheme that I heard presented at a conference last year.

  6. Profile photo of CarlaCarla

    I was toying with the idea of MOOCs in the public library…until I ran into the Free Library’s Culinary Literacy Center! Is there one you think would be more interesting and/or would have more literature than the other?

  7. Profile photo of Kelly ChungKelly Chung

    I was hoping to keep with the same topic of the multi-touch screen. Mostly because I really do have hopes of incorporating this into our library system. We are up-to-date with some forms of our technology and so far behind in others; this is one area I’d like to focus on getting us up-to-date by providing us a digital alternative to flyers, fun interactions, and library information for our community.

  8. Profile photo of Ramblings of SharuRamblings of Sharu


    My topic is about 3-D printing. It’s something I know very little about, and wasn’t interested in to be honest.
    I work in a very challenging neighbourhood and always wondered why the library had money for 3-D printers, but not computers, and I remember when I posed this question, you asked me to keep pondering this question for the class.

    So over the weeks, I have thought about some uses for 3-D printing in a deprived community, and how it would benefit the patrons we serve. I’ve always measured success in how well we serve our most vulnerable patrons, but 3-D printing does have a place in libraries after all!

  9. Profile photo of Erin Lybrand-WenzErin Lybrand-Wenz

    I’m really interested in exploring a Library of Things–I work at a university library in San Francisco–tuition is high, cost of living is ridiculous, and our location isn’t the most convenient for our students who may need something quickly & within walking distance. We also have a lot of out of state and international students who can’t exactly drive home to borrow a sewing machine or toolkit from their folks. I think it would be useful for our campus and a way for students to feel more at home.

  10. Profile photo of Rowan HusseinRowan Hussein

    @michael, I had the opportunity to be part of a small team to open up a makerspace at one of our library branches. There was a lot of research involved in finding software and hardware to incorporate into the makerspace with a very limited budget, but it was a success. There is still plenty of room to grow, add and spread to all the branches of our library system.

  11. Profile photo of CristiB14CristiB14

    I’m interested in implementing at my public library a creative space for adult learners – an AnySpace open studio for imaginative creation where people can learn in it and from it. Its programming, technology and training would focus on various artistic and visual mediums encouraging the possibilities of creative imagination while helping the community to connect, engage, explore and create.

    Programming in public libraries focus a great deal on providing creative opportunities for children and teens but adult populations do not always receive the same kind of consideration. The popularity of activities such as adult coloring books has made it more accepted that adults should additionally be offered the tools and opportunities for exploring their creative endeavors as well.

  12. Profile photo of Linda MonroeLinda Monroe

    I concentrated my topic on : Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
    An Emerging Digital Imaging Technology That Preserves and Provides Free Online Access to Library Special Collections in Exciting New Ways

  13. Profile photo of Amanda StJohnAmanda StJohn

    Doh! I missed the call for this….

    I would like to bring a drone to our small, rural public library and, to begin, use it in small-group workshops.


    Drones are a technology that many of us have heard about, many are curious about, but few have experienced. It’s not like buying an ice cream cone; drones are expensive (equitable access, science & technology, long tail service–reaching the non-user).

    Drones can fly (play)!

    Operators become pilots (exploration, hands-on, learning).

    Operators can make videos of their first experiences interacting with drones and of their library (creation, makerspace culture).

    Libraries Transform lists drones as a leading trend for libraries today (relevant to users everywhere).

    Our thoughts about drones can be emotionally loaded because of how owners–corporate or individual–might use them (ethics).

    After playing with the drones in a group, workshop participants would be invited to join a discussion about their feelings having interacted with drones. They don’t have to like it. We can learn a lot from our users by hearing their reactions to this experimental service offering (Hyperlinked Library: user input, human connections & conversations; qualitative data for assessing the viability of new services).

    The conversation generated by drones provides the community a platform for discussing privacy concerns as well a facilitated space to inquire about evolving laws surrounding drone use. Library staff and/or facilitators can be prepared with some talking points, but shall not attempt to “know” everything–this is new for all of us (informed citizenry, privacy, resilience in times of rapid change; Library 2.0: constant and purposeful change).

    Plus, I understand we can insure those puppies for replacement when damaged. =>

  14. Profile photo of JoelJoel

    @michael Forgot to post earlier! I am writing my Director’s Brief on implementing a program like the Memory Lab at the D.C. public library for patrons to digitize and/or preserve their home movies, photos, outdated files, etc.

    1. Profile photo of Beth HarperBeth Harper

      @Joel, I had started drafting notes on the exact same topic, but now I’m feeling like that’s a thing a bunch of people are doing, and I’m having second thoughts.

      Now I’m thinking about doing my brief in implementing an internal LMS for formal and informal staff continuing ed and professional development, ad-hoc work groups and programming groups and learning teams. It’s something that came up in one of my other classes – I’m taking instructional design and my semester project was an internal training module, and my workplace doesn’t have an LMS but we have such a large and distributed staff and do so much training and training-related communication that we would really benefit from one.

      I absolutely positively have to make a decision tonight.

  15. Profile photo of MollyMolly

    I am working on a director’s brief for a young adult/adult Makerlab. We have what we call a Makerspace in the children’s area which is a space for children to do hands on activities and crafts, but I would like to see more of the traditional “maker” services available to adults. At our library I have hopes to see this implemented. We currently have many of the moving pieces (3D printers, Silhouette Cameo) but I think I could actually use this assignment to help make our case further, so I love when school and work collide!

  16. Profile photo of VeronicaMVMVeronicaMVM

    My director’s brief is about tapping into digital literacy offerings that are already out there. Promoting digital literacy at the public library does not mean that we have to create curriculum from scratch. We can, as institutions, tap into programs and tutorials that are free to use. These programs can help our customers from the complete novice to the computer savvy who want more advanced help. Bridging the digital gap is a topic I’m very interested in.

  17. Profile photo of Mikayla HabibiMikayla Habibi

    I would also like to do my Brief on 3D printers used in public libraries since it’s a topic I want to learn more about. I would like to include specific examples of how 3D printers have been used in the past by library patrons and how they may be able to be used in the future.

  18. Profile photo of Melanie  AlexanderMelanie Alexander

    Sorry to not have posted before. My life has been way to chaotic and some days quite hellish at work the last two weeks. I just keep telling myself I only have to survive 4 more weeks and the school year will be over. The topic I have chosen for my brief will be on the use of beacon technology in libraries.

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