Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Friday, May 22 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
F22 - Oh Glorious Failures! Lightning Talks on How to Succeed Through Failure LIMITED

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Conference sessions are often about putting our best foot forward, about sharing what went well, and about glossing over what didn’t work out. This session aims to turn things around by focusing on those times when we tried something new, or different, or innovative and, well, it didn't quite work. By talking openly about failures and what we learned from them, we aim to explore ways to encourage innovation among staff, and to demonstrate what it means to build a creative institution that's responsive to the needs of community members and other stakeholders.  If failure is the only certainty in uncertain times, then it’s time to take back the word ʺfailureʺ and make it part of our success. Accepting failure as a tool for growth can be a successful method to give staff a safe way to take risks and innovate. During the session, staff from a variety of libraries (public, academic, special) will give lightning talks on their ʺglorious failuresʺ, how they overcame them (if they did) and share any insights gained. The goal of the session will be to transform this F-word, so attendees can unlearn the fear of failure and explore how to fail successfully. Through others' stories of failure we will not only learn ways to avoid repeating mistakes, but how to effectively get it wrong the first time.


Beth Davies

Beth Davies is a Manager of Neighbourhood Services at the Vancouver Public Library. She is passionate about how libraries can engage with all members of their communities, and firmly believes that failure is a big part of community engagement.

Eileen Gillette

With both an academic and practitioner background, Eileen Gillette has a wide range of experience in community cultural development, cultural planning, cultural policy and cultural sustainability. She worked as a Cultural Policy Analyst at the Creative City Network of Canada focusing... Read More →

Pilar Martinez

Pilar Martinez is the Deputy CEO at the Edmonton Public Library where she is responsible for leading Branch Services, Marketing & Fund Development, Collections & IT and Research & Assessment. Pilar has a broad base of experience in library leadership including: advocacy, collective... Read More →

Janis McKenzie

Janis McKenzie is Head of Information and Instruction at the SFU Library. Even though she has mixed feelings about the term “information literacy” she is passionate about its importance, and about finding ways to make information literacy instruction more engaging for learners... Read More →

Tamarack Hockin, Panelist

Tamarack is a Library Technician with Surrey Libraries. Holding a LIT Diploma and Bachelor's degree from UFV, Tamarack is also an MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. Find her @tamahoc or http://about.me/tamahoc

Michael Ridley

Michael Ridley is a librarian at the University of Guelph and an instructor in Guelph's First Year Seminar Program. He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at Guelph. Ridley has served in various executive capacities for CLA, OLA, CAIS, CRKN, and CARL... Read More →

Tara Robertson

Tara Robertson is the Accessibility Librarian at CAPER-BC. She manages alternate format production of textbooks and other course materials for post-secondary students with print disabilities. She also advocates for students with print disabilities and collaborates with other organizations... Read More →

Gordon Ross

Gordon Ross is Vice President of OpenRoad, an award-winning Vancouver-based digital experience design firm. His career has spanned 20 years of designing and developing websites, intranets, and web applications for organizations like the City of Vancouver, BC Hydro, Courthouse Libraries... Read More →

Jentery Sayers

Jentery Sayers is Assistant Professor of English, as well as Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities, at the University of Victoria. His work has appeared in American Literature; e-Media Studies; Digital Studies/Le champ numérique; The Victorian Review; New American Notes Online... Read More →

J Jack Unrau

J Jack Unrau is a Public Librarian who works on the information desk at a (small city’s) downtown library branch most days. He does his best work helping one person at a time, which he realizes is not the most efficient way to librarianize, but is a good way to keep your subversive... Read More →

Sonia Zagwyn

Sonia Zagwyn began working in libraries when she was 14 ¾ years old and never really stopped. Between studies in visual arts and creative writing she worked in three B.C. library systems, completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC in 2011. Her projects are often interdisciplinary... Read More →

Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC
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