2013 ALA Keynote

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Published on March 13, 2014

Author: michaelmargolis



Everyone knows why libraries matter. And yet, some people are questioning our role and value in the 21st century. How do we share the excitement for how libraries are evolving and innovating as a community institution? In this keynote, you’ll learn storytelling strategies specific to the unique opportunities and challenges faced by libraries today. For the last year, our presenter, Michael Margolis, CEO of Get Storied, has collaborated closely with both the California and Pennsylvania State Libraries around this issue. Come learn why it’s important to tell your story, how to do it right, and some simple ways to get storied. Your story matters.

@GetStoried 1 Storytelling Mojo: Creating the 21st Century Library Narrative Michael Margolis CEO, Get Storied

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@GetStoried 3 Re-Framing the Story Innovation Examples Story Strategies AGENDA

@GetStoried 4 RE-FRAMING

@GetStoried 5 “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing reality obsolete.” ― Buckminster Fuller

@GetStoried 6 Inventor/Scientist Artist/Teacher

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@GetStoried 12 “What used to be the purview of the shamans, elders, and priests, is available to us all.” - Grant McCracken

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@GetStoried 14 Keepers of Scrolls Storytellers

@GetStoried 15 Everybody has a story worth telling. Everybody is a storyteller.

@GetStoried 16 “Those who tell the stories rule the world.” - Hopi Proverb

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@GetStoried 18 “In order to create real change, we will need to deepen and go beyond  historical relationships, rethink how we leverage technology to best serve readers, and even shift paradigms — for instance, from repository to creator...” ― Maureen Sullivan, ALA President

@GetStoried 19 Exercise 1. Find a partner 2. Two roles: Teller/Listener 3. How is your library evolving? 4. Coming from? Going to? 5. Repository or creator (or both)? 6. What’s the new emerging story?


@GetStoried 21 CREATOR' COMMUNITY' INDIVIDUAL' REPOSITORY' Innovation Matrix Maker Space Digitize Local History Learning Hub Digital Literacy E-books/ Cloud

@GetStoried 22 INNOVATION

@GetStoried 23 Why Innovation Fails 1. No common story (competing storylines) 2. Change is framed as a judgment of past 3. People can’t find themselves in story 4. Self-validation overshadows authenticity 5. Culture, identity, emotions are underestimated 6. Big promises are not made real and tangible 7. Story is lost in translation

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@GetStoried 25 CA State Library Fold-out Story Map Future Vision Story Use Cases of Innovation Conversation-Starter

@GetStoried 26 Reinvention is Reality

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@GetStoried 28 ] Role/Value of Libraries is BIGGER

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@GetStoried 30 Download the Story Map ...also go to Pinterest

@GetStoried 31 “The future already exists -- it’s just not widely distributed.” ― William Gibson

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@GetStoried 42 Download the Story Map ...also go to Pinterest


@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Boston is bringing the library to where the people are. Experimenting with a model from retail’s "pop-up stores” where libraries are like storefronts. Adds more foot traffic and exposes their wares to new audiences.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Brooklyn Public Library moved a section of paperbacks to make way for what it calls an "information commons." Full of computers and a recording studio, but the most important room may be the classroom, where they offer classes in everything from Adobe Premiere to using e-readers.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Give patrons and community members a chance to have hands-on interaction with a variety of tablets and e-readers. In the library’s meeting room, 12 different devices are available to try out with a librarian on hand to explain their features and detail the differences between various devices.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Take an active role in preparing public to survive and recover from inevitable coastal hurricanes. Library teamed up with county and state emergency mgt to offer public workshops, as well as disaster game simulations, Web 2.0 communications, oral-history video interviews, digital storytelling, and creation of digital collection of historic hurricane photographs.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried A sophisticated database-driven web application and virtual reference that connects people in need of government and non-profit public services with the appropriate public services.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried 4th Floor of Chattanooga, a large public library loft space operating as a flexible community makerspace and event space. Transformation of an overcrowded storage space. Library environment for hosting talks, exhibiting student coursework, encouraging collaboration and creativity, and gathering data from visitors about their thoughts on libraries.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Example of using the library as a community hub. Partnered with Public Works Dept and others to develop ECO Iowa City, an educational program providing residents with demonstration projects and up-to-date information on sustainability, particularly storm water management, local foods and compost, smart waste disposal, and energy efficiency. Impact: 10,000 residents participate in educational programming, 300 rain barrels distributed to public, 13,011 pounds of e-waste recycled, 260 pounds of expired pharmaceuticals collected and safely disposed.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried A Texas county is set this fall to open one of the nation's first entirely digital public libraries, an information storehouse where people will be able to check out books only by downloading them to their own devices or borrowing electronic readers.

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Developed a partnership with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. Trunks feature ungulates, bears, owls, creepy-crawlies, water, and tracks.  Each includes btw 15 – 20 books on the subject, puppets; Growing Up Wild curriculum guide; and wildlife resources, such as grizzly hides, elk antlers, deer hooves, etc.  There are now 30 of trunks circulating throughout our state. 

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried “Kids can submit their ideas and place them into a crazy collection contraption and once the ideas are collected, they will go online where people can vote or rank each idea. Staff will work on which ideas we can actually fulfill. Taking big ideas and turning them into something real and tangible is what the idea box is all about!”

@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration

@GetStoried Discovering and illuminating Pasadena’s rich historical heritage. The mission of PDHC is to assemble, digitize, and make web-accessible historical documents and artifacts that represent Pasadena’s heritage for the benefit of both the local community and researchers world-wide.


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@GetStoried People don’t buy the product, object, or brand. They buy the story that’s attached to it. 69

@GetStoried 70 Time to Get Storied 1. Motivations: In Service to Whom? 2. Audience: What’s on My Mind? 3. Stakes: Why Should I Care? 4. Trust: How Can I Believe You? 5. Emotion: Does This Feel Good? 6. Resonance: Do I Belong in this Story?

@GetStoried 71 Do I belong in this story?

@GetStoried 72 < HOW to tell the story > Having a story that’s WORTH telling

@GetStoried 73 What’s the #1 secret to telling your story?

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@GetStoried Pasadena Digital History Collaboration 91% say public libraries are important to their community

@GetStoried 53% of Americans age 16 and older visited a library or book mobile in the last year

@GetStoried 80% say borrowing books is ‘very important’ service of libraries

@GetStoried Americans feel they are aware of ‘all or most’ of the services and programs their public library offers1 in 5

@GetStoried 77% say free access to computers and internet is ‘very important’ service of libraries

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@GetStoried 81 Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination

@GetStoried 82 “We are continually faced  with great opportunities  which are brilliantly disguised  as unsolvable problems.”             ― Margaret Mead

@GetStoried 83 Michael Margolis @getstoried

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