Today marks the beginning of Spring Break at Penn State and the beginning of Week 9 of the Library Learning Services Instruction Reboot. Since the Reboot will last through the Spring 2019 semester, we have just passed the halfway mark in our instruction reboot at this point. It seems appropriate to take the time now to share a bit more about how this project is situated within the larger structure and goals of Library Learning Services and how this time has already started shaping our approach to instruction–and beyond!
Essentially, in early 2018, I realized that our roles, responsibilities, resources, and working relationships were all shifting so dramatically that we needed an equally dramatic approach to managing our change. The major problem, though, was that we were so invested in our day-to-day routines of teaching, meeting, and answering emails we had no room for anything else–including managing change. A time out from our hectic, daily schedules would give us the space, time, and capacity to reflect on how we’ve grown, strategize around how we want to continue to grow, and be intentional about where we invest our time, energy, and resources, going forward.
At this halfway point of our Instruction Reboot, I am excited by the data we’ve collected, the conversations we’ve had, and the shape that our work is taking. If I had to pick one word that described our work during the Reboot and our future outlook, it would be “intentional.” Our conversations have focused around being intentional about who we teach, what we teach, how we teach, and where we teach. We recognize, though, that our intentions can still be constrained by a number of factors, including limited time, personnel, and resources. Because of this, I would use two more words to describe our work during the Reboot: meaningful and strategic. We know, going forward, that we must make strategic, and often difficult, decisions about where and how we invest our time so that our work is meaningful to as many students, faculty, and community members as possible. We have our work cut out for us over the next eight weeks or so as we continue to discover what is meaningful to our learners and to us and, with that information, make strategic decisions about our work.
Over the next week or so, all of the reboot teams will be sharing updates on our focused efforts revolving around foundational learners, distinctive populations, and digital badges. Stay tuned for more details on what each of these teams has been up to over the last few weeks and what we’re finding!