0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90 Dec 2-16
Librarians are constantly called on to come up with creative solutions
to problems of all stripes, whether is it how to offer amazing service
with too little staff, coming up with ways to convince faculty to bring
their classes to the library, plan for an unknown and constantly
changing future, develop presentations that wow board members or
administrators, or develop an innovative orientation session for new
freshman. We have to do it all and usually in a short amount of time.
One of the most valuable tools a librarian can have is the ability to
think creatively and to approach issues with a fresh and open mind.
The course is comprised of four sections: Generating New Ideas,
Developing Habits of Creative Thinking, The Thinking Process, and
Turning Ideas into Successful Projects. Within these sections you will
learn practical strategies and techniques including effective
brainstorming, cross-fertilization of ideas, creating time and space to
think, perceptual positioning, questioning assumptions and biases,
concept mapping, unconventional problem solving, problem redefinition,
and reality checks. This course will utilize brief readings, online
discussion, video, worksheets, and exercises.
The course will culminate in you taking a work problem or issue you are
currently dealing with and developing a plan of action using the 6-step
Productive Thinking Model and your newly learned creative problem
solving skills. The instructor will work closely with you on the
development of your plan offering guidance and feedback throughout the