I co-presented two sessions at the 2015 Ohio Library Council with Paula Brehm-Heeger. Cincinnati was the host city for this year’s conference and I had a great time meeting all the other library staff members and leaders from around the state. Ohio is lucky to have a strong organization like OLC to help us come together and share experiences and knowledge.
My sessions were titled Tips and Tricks for Leading Staff to Embrace Radical Changes and Leadership Welcome: Recognizing and Encouraging Leaders and Experts to Step Up Whenever, Wherever, and However They are Needed.
As part of a grad school project, I recently worked with a team of fellow students to design and deliver a training course for the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission. The training was titled The PACT: Personal Action Connecting Teams.
The training consisted of one day of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator training and three follow-up sessions with smaller groups that explored how differences in MBTI preferences relate to the common team dysfunctions covered in Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team.
This summer I helped organize an effort to add more technical options to the Library’s programming schedule. I, along with two other staff members with programming backgrounds, began teaching three coding classes that are tailored specifically to children, teenagers, and girls. In addition to these classes, we also started offering “hour of code” classes led by teen librarians throughout the system. Most of the sessions were well attended and I was generally impressed with how talented some of the teenagers I taught already are. I see this type of programming as a big opportunity for libraries.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in Gateway Community and Technical College’s 2015 IT career day at Gateway’s Urban Metro campus in Covington, Kentucky. This event gave students a chance to learn about careers and trends in IT from professionals in the field, meet with career coaches to review resumes and interview skills, and discover how companies hire IT talent. I enjoyed getting a chance to interact with students during the panel discussion and breakout sessions.
Other panelists included Dave Hatter, Partner & Solutions Architect, Definity Partners; Michael Guterl, Web Developer, Gaslight; Harold Eder, Director of IT Infrastructure, St. Elizabeth Healthcare; JB Woodruff, Commercialization Director, The Kentucky Innovation Network; and Casey Barach, SVP Entrepreneurship @ Tri-Ed/eZone.
I was recently interviewed by Kara Gebhart Uhl from the Fort Thomas Matters blog on the subject of being a maker. Here is her intro. Click the link below for the full blog post:
Marty Beets, of Riverview Ave., has long been a maker. Born in Clinton, Tenn. in 1974, he moved to Covington in 2003 and then to Fort Thomas in 2008, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. His creations have included built-in bookshelves, the restoration of a 1979 International Harvester Scout II, a MAME arcade cabinet and elaborate Halloween costumes. Beets is the Technology Operations Manager at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and he was instrumental in the development and opening of the library’s MakerSpace last week.
Here we talk with Beets about his love of making, past projects and future plans (think: hovercraft).
After months of planning and hard work, my favorite project that I’ve ever worked on became a reality. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s 12,000 square foot makerspace opened to the public today. The makerspace features a laser engraver, a vinyl printer/cutter, four 3D printers, button makers, a recording booth, modular robots, a photo studio and much much more. This is a very exciting new addition to the main library and serves as a great reminder that libraries are much more than rows of books. I foresee this department becoming a great resource for children, young adults, artists, small business owners and anyone else who wants to create. It was a great honor to co-chair this project. #LibraryPride
Today I was named a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). It is a great honor to serve on the board and to help OPLIN acheive its important mission. Below is a little information about OPLIN. You can find out more at http://www.oplin.org/
The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) provides broadband Internet connections and related information services to Ohio public libraries. Our primary mission is to ensure that all Ohio residents have fast, free public Internet access through the 251 independent local public library systems in Ohio, as well as the use of high-quality research databases not freely available on the World Wide Web. Though the eventual consumers of our services are often members of the general public, our actual customersare in fact limited to the public library systems of Ohio.
OPLIN is headed by Director Stephen Hedges and the OPLIN Board of Trustees. The OPLIN staff other than Director Hedges consists of four people: Karl Jendretzky, the Library Technology Project Manager; Laura Solomon, Library Services Manager; Amie McReynolds, Customer Support; and Vince Riley, Network Support. Vince and Amie work together to staff the OPLIN Support Center.
OPLIN receives extensive fiscal and logistical support service from the State Library of Ohio and contracts with the Ohio Office of Information Technology for assistance with network management. As a result, only about 10% of the OPLIN budget is used for administrative costs such as personnel, rent, equipment, and supplies. The remainder of the budget is used to purchase the services we provide to Ohio public libraries, primarily Internet telecommunications (about $3.5 million annually) and subscriptions to basic information databases (about $1.5 million). Because OPLIN provides these services, public libraries do not need to pay for them from their individual budgets.
I’m not a huge fan of management style quizzes or personality tests. However, there are those tried and true few like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that are so good, so well researched and so well known that they have become invaluable in helping us understand ourselves and others. I would argue that Gallup’s StrengthQuest is right up there with the best. It has definitely been the most effective tool to date I’ve used to help me understand myself. Here’s an excerpt from the StrengtsQuest website to help explain what it is:
What is StrengthsQuest?
Your StrengthsQuest journey begins with a 30-minute online assessment, the Clifton StrengthsFinder. This assessment has helped more than 9 million people around the world discover their talents.
After you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you’ll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success.
What is a strength? StrengthsQuest defines 34 strengths and then identifies your top five. I was shocked by how accurate my StrengthsQuest Strengths Profile described me. Research has shown that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and tendencies. I can attest that I became a more productive person after finding StrengthsQuest and that’s why I think it is a must for you and your team.
Find out more at http://www.strengthsquest.com.
I’ve had a very good and productive first year as the Director of Technology Operations. I know that would not have been possible without a great team. We’ve made great strides and I regularly get positive comments about the job the team is doing. The employees who we support are really seeing a difference thanks to the hard work of the entire Technology Operations team.
To show my appreciation, something I should do more, I decided to host a holiday lunch. These work luncheons can be awkward when people who do not work together on a daily basis are thrown into a room for thirty minutes one time a year. I decided to try something to take the edge off. Drawing inspiration from the greatest boss of all time (not really), Michael Scott, I decided to host my own version of the Dundee awards. I called them the Technop awards.
Awards were handed out for the most organized desk (really the messiest), for needing a permission slip signed to work late (to our youngest employee) and many many more. My favorite was the Broken-Hearted Buckeye Award, which went to our die-hard Ohio State University fan who was still recovering from a painful loss in the Big Ten Championship game.
From my view it was a success. There were lots of laughs and I hope the crew could tell that I put some effort into showing them my appreciation for a great year.
Special thanks to Vertigo Catering for serving wonderful food for the event.