Two important pieces of recent news for libraries to be aware of:
The FCC has concluded its work in modernizing the E-rate process. Happily, it also came along with a $1.5 billion increase in E-rate funding. Very nicely, there is also additional flexibility for schools and libraries seeking high-speed broadband.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has news about libraries around the world coming into conflict with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) about exemptions from copyright given to libraries. In fact, the Administrator of the Forum directly tied authors living in poverty to exceptions for libraries. This is certainly something that librarians need to be aware of!
Jeffrey Walter, who is the Vice Chairman of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Envoy for Health, Finance and Malaria, has posted a fascinating look at how the world’s largest issues like malaria can be solved if we work as an ensemble.
For me as a librarian, this is not just about solving the world’s major issues, but also how in libraries we can work together to come up with the best solutions for serving our communities. I think the best management teams do this naturally. There is room for everyone’s voice to be heard and leaders listen.
Here are some tips from Walter:
- No single individual, organization, corporation, foundation, or nation can solve the significant problems of the world. So let’s stop looking for heroes to address the important issues of our day.
- …we need to assemble all these puzzle pieces and empower teams to pull the pieces together. Only a great team of partners is capable of applying problem-solving strategies, combined with the resources, talent, knowledge, and the will required to grow them to scale. ….it is all about the cause and how all of those resources can come together to support it.
- Ask, early in our planning efforts for any new project, “Who can we collaborate with to improve our odds of success?” Don’t assume that the partnership path is too hard to follow—there are models for collaboration that will smooth the way.
There is much more in his article and it’s definitely worth reading!