Design Thinking for Change Management and Leadership in Libraries

Join ACRL from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) on Thursday, March 29 for the Online Learning webcast “Design Thinking for Change Management and Leadership in Libraries.”

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a period of rapid change for academic libraries. Moving forward, academic libraries will need to adapt their services to meet their users’ new needs in a post-pandemic academic environment. This webinar will explore how to utilize design thinking methodology for managing and leading in academic librarianship within a rapidly changing landscape. Design Thinking, as an approach to solving problems, places an emphasis on using empathy, remaining focused on a user or a target audience, taking an iterative approach to work, and striving towards continuous improvement via a cycle of brainstorming, prototypes, tests, and feedback. Design thinking is a powerful and empowering tool for user-centered change management. While its foundations grew from the world of design and technology, its concepts are valuable across many contexts. Through design thinking methodologies, participants will develop an alternative skillset for managing change in uncertain times.

In this webinar, the presenters will introduce participants to the key concepts of design thinking. Then, we’ll strengthen their understanding through active engagement with case studies and group discussions. Finally, we will work with participants to outline and develop action plans to apply design thinking concepts to their work. Participants will leave the webcast with a plan for implementing change at their institution using design thinking principles.

Learn more on the ACRL website and register today!