Unique Innovation Conference Focuses on Smart Risks to Move Libraries Forward
TELLURIDE, Colo. – March 26, 2012 – Library professionals at all levels of their organizations will converge on Telluride, Colo., Sept. 9-11, 2012, for R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference. This innovative conference is based on the premise that libraries must take smart risks to move the industry forward. With the help of change agents from retail, architecture, media and marketing, the conference will address innovations in customer curiosity, creative spaces, abundant community and culture. Attendees will leave equipped with the courage to implement creative new ideas and with a support system of risk-embracing peers. Registration opens April 1, 2012.
“We believe that everyone is creative, but creativity comes in many different forms,” says Pam Sandlian Smith, director of Anythink Libraries and R-Squared planning committee member. “Tapping into this creativity while learning about what it means to take smart risks will help attendees rethink their approach to library services and help libraries remain relevant and thrive.”
Josh Linkner, New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, will kick off the conference as keynote on Monday, Sept. 10. His mission is to “make the world more creative”; he’ll share thoughts on creativity as a commodity and the characteristics of creative individuals during his keynote discussion with R-Squared’s 400 expected guests. As CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners, Linkner works with Earvin “Magic” Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert to actively rebuild urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. Linkner is also adjunct professor of applied creativity at the University of Michigan and a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient.
Additional speakers include Dr. John McKnight, co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and Professor Emeritus of Communications Studies and Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University; and John Creighton, former director and senior fellow with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming months and added to the roster at rsquaredconference.org.
Rather than talk about “the stuff” that makes up a library, R-Squared focuses on the philosophies that inspire library innovations. How can libraries create vibrant organizational cultures built around core values? How can attendees spark customer curiosity and support discovery in their libraries? What does it mean to have an abundant community, and how can the library be a catalyst for analyzing and supporting community assets? How can library spaces inspire and support creativity? Attendees will find answers to these questions and more during the conference.
“Libraries must aspire to expand our relevance and impact on our communities,” says Shelley Walchak, R-Squared project manager and senior consultant for library community programs at the Colorado State Library. “Our core responsibilities have evolved, and libraries must embrace our new roles that shift expectations and boundaries. This conference will provide the forum to discover and define these roles.”
Registration for R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference begins Sunday, April 1, 2012. Cost is $495. Special rates on hotel room blocks and condominiums at Hotel Madeline and The Peaks run Sept. 6-12, 2012. Both are located in Mountain Village within an easy walk of the Telluride Conference Center.
R-Squared is made possible with the support of Gale-Cengage Learning.
R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference
Sept. 9-11, 2012
Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village
Cost is $495
Registration opens April 1, 2012
In February 2011, a group of Colorado library professionals began brainstorming how libraries can avoid extinction, reinvent themselves and strengthen their role as vital parts of their communities. With that, R-Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference was born. Members of the Colorado State Library, Colorado Library Consortium (a 501(c)3), Anythink, Wilkinson Public Library and others have partnered with the creative guys at Ricochet Ideas to develop a way to share the philosophies that have inspired some of the most inventive libraries in the nation with others who are interested in creative thinking in libraries. Find out more at rsquaredconference.org.