About Me

Kathryn Deiss - librarian trading card

Why I am Blogging

I have a deep belief in human creativity and our ability to innovate. For 16 years I have been facilitating learning for librarians, libraries, and other non-profit agencies. Sometimes this has been individual learning (workshops, institutes, etc.) and sometimes it has been organizational learning where larger groups are learning together. In almost every instance I have learned much from the people I work with and I have been inspired by the amazing and endless creativity of both individuals and institutions. However, many have told me and it is also my observation that while creativity might be natural to us all, creating institutional innovations is not as easy or natural under the press of everyday work. I hope this blog can serve as a “day trip” to the world of innovation and creativity research, practices, and cool stuff for eager travellers. It is by no means the last word on these topics but more a little foray into corners where neat stuff is happening.

Other Stuff About Me: I am an artist currently working in oil pastel on paper. To see examples of my recent work go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katdeiss/sets/1458903/. I also try to write poetry (which I promise not to impose on readers of my blog!). My favorite thing to do aside from doing and looking at art, is talking to people as it is almost always fascinating. I am not easily bored and find life to be extraordinary in so many ways. I have faith in the power of human creativity and inventiveness.

Current Work and Past Lives: I am the Content Strategist for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). I have worked at Albany Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum Thomas J. Watson Library, Northwestern University Library, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Metropolitan Library System prior to taking my current position at ACRL.

Disclaimer: The opinions, observations, and comments made by me in this blog are my own and do not reflect those of my employer, ACRL nor its parent organization, ALA.

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