32 thoughts on “Inspiration Report Topics & Questions

  1. Cybele Garcia Kohel

    @michael I’m interested in Global Library Trends, focusing on Indigenous libraries. What does an Indigenous library look like? How is it organized? How is it different/same to the American public library?

    I will examine libraries from other countries, however, there are Native libraries in the United States. I would like to include samples from those as well. I think this fits with the Comp O description, “Understand global perspectives on effective information practices that are supportive of cultural, economic, educational, or social well-being.” What are your thoughts on that?


  2. Rachael K.

    @michael I got very inspired from my visit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (which I wrote about in my last post), so I think I want to focus on something with storytelling and music–like a listening and recording lab–with some global interpretations of this concept.
    – Rachael (@raekay)

      1. Kali Gifford

        Thank you @michael I will look at it for sure! I just taught myself how to make AR videos, so I am going to integrate an AR component into my report! If I was really giving this report to my boss, etc, I would want to show them the value of this technology. The best way to show them is to actually show them! Yay technology!

          1. Kali Gifford

            OMG, @michael just watched Nina Simon’s Ted Talk about her book, and I am shook, and completely inspired. Thank you SO much for sharing this! I think this needs to be included in the “things to read or watch” section of one of the modules! Phenomenal!!

  3. Amy Y

    @michael My library recently held a staff development day where library staff from all over the county were able to gather and share the things they’ve been working on. I was really energized by some of the work my colleagues are doing, so I thought it might be fun to look at infinite learning from an internal perspective and explore ways library staff can inspire and learn from one another.

  4. Sean Grimes

    I’m hoping to focus my inspiration report on infinite learning through making hardware available to patrons (and thus whatever current apps and software they engage and learn with). I’ve found many examples of libraries lending out laptops and wifi hotspots, but only one example of smartphones so far, which is the technology I really hope this can be accomplished with as its so ubiquitous.

  5. Michelle

    Hi @michael, I am considering sticking with the makerspace idea I used for the Innovation Strategy & Roadmap and focusing on a specific program for a makerspace, such as textile art or sewing. I would put this in the category of Infinite Learning for patrons.

  6. Rachel

    @Michael So I really want to look at the global trend of making libraries the Third Place, and how many are using Hygge as part of that to build communities of infinite learning, belonging and creation. I have lots of examples of how different libraries around the world are doing this. I feel that libraries are tying in elements of the power of stories to connect and build a sense of well-being/contentment (hygge) with infinite learning, community engagement and belonging. My question, does it have to relate to one type of library? I feel like this kind of trend relates to all libraries, academic, school, and public and possibly even specialty libraries. I know it’s broad, but I feel I can tie it all together under the “Third Place” mentality being replicated around the globe.

  7. Laura Greaves

    @michael I’m thinking of taking a closer look at either open libraries or participatory archiving as part of global library trends. I’m interested in learning more about open libraries to see if there is a way that they could work in public libraries in my area. My local library system also has programming that is related to participatory archiving, but I am unclear how involved people are beyond contributing to collection development by contributing oral histories for example. The related programming also doesn’t seem to be marketed as often.

  8. Tina Wolk

    @michael I’ve had a really hard time settling on a topic for this assignment. Lots of messy learning here – I think there are 100 tabs open on my computer right now! I was originally interested in exploring robots for local book delivery (like the short-lived Google BookBot). I think that this concept is so new, that there is not enough information to fully flesh out the assignment, but I think it is really interesting! I also looked a lot at passive programming after listening to an old podcast from Circulating Ideas with Paula Willey, but I think that was too broad, but very interesting in how low-budget low staff-time ideas can engage the community and make them feel welcome and a part of the library. I think that I have settled on writing about cafes in libraries and talking about global traditions, like the Swedish Fika. But I’d love your input, if you have any!

  9. Michael Stephens Post author

    @tinawolk Agree about the robot thing being super new. Passive programming sounds interesting as does a global approach to cafes in libraries… perhaps to put a global spin on it – Hygge & Fika &….. other global library type things around cafe spaces, coziness, etc?

  10. Cathy Cheng

    @michael I’ve been exploring the intersections of play, technology, and disabilities throughout this course. In my Innovation Strategy & Roadmap assignment I very briefly touched on technologies designed to help people with sensory processing challenges. For the Inspiration report, I’d like to expand on that a bit more. Would it be better to go deep on 1 specific thing (e.g. VR applications) or is it ok to share 3-4 technologies (e.g. VR calm rooms, color-changing mood lighting, app-based meditation/breathing exercises) to complement a Sensory Space? Thank you!

  11. Emily Myer

    @michael I’ve been going back and forth between two options. I think I would really like to write a report on global perspectives on the concept of the third space (something we’ve been trying to improve on in our library, which has historically been somewhat less than welcoming). But I am also interested in focusing on researching a few options we could realistically include in a makerspace we may create. Both options could be applicable at work, which is nice. I am leaning towards the third space topic for the sake of competency O, unless you feel I should do otherwise? Thanks in advance for your help!

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