On-demand Webinar

How to Run Your Library Like a Startup

Is your library struggling to keep up with the changes around it? Find out how changing your mindset can help you adapt.

Learn how to operate your library more nimbly by thinking like a startup. In this webinar, librarians MJ D’Elia and Helen Kula will give you five simple strategies for delivering the services your users want.

By attending the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How startup thinking can build a culture of “always be learning” for your library, not just your patrons.
  • Why you should abandon perfectionism and launch a service before it’s “finished.”
  • How to articulate your library’s value for all your audiences (and yes, you have more than one).

Join us for this 35-minute presentation and the following Q&A session for startup techniques you can try at your library.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 1pm EDT / 5pm GMT
Place: GoToWebinar

About Our Presenters:

M.J. D’Elia is the Head of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team at the University of Guelph. In addition to his library role, he also instructs the Entrepreneurship course for the College of Business and Economics. When time permits M.J. doodles, plays with Lego and runs a small facilitation company that specializes in creative problem solving.

Helen Kula joined the University of Toronto Mississauga Library as the Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation in December 2013. Helen was previously employed at MaRS Discovery District, Canada's largest innovation centre, where she launched MaRS’s market intelligence service for startups and later served as data product manager with MaRS Data Catalyst. She has worked extensively with startups to help solve their information needs and has a particular passion for engaging with this community. Helen was also a lead organizer of the first-ever library-focused edition of Startup Weekend, held in Toronto in April 2014.

M.J. D'Elia

Head of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team, University of Guelph

Helen Kula

Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation

Who should attend:

  • Library Directors
  • Library Staff
  • Anyone looking to expand their skills or knowledge

Is your library struggling to keep up with the changes around it? Find out how changing your mindset can help you adapt.

Learn how to operate your library more nimbly by thinking like a startup. In this webinar, librarians MJ D’Elia and Helen Kula will give you five simple strategies for delivering the services your users want.

By attending the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How startup thinking can build a culture of “always be learning” for your library, not just your patrons.
  • Why you should abandon perfectionism and launch a service before it’s “finished.”
  • How to articulate your library’s value for all your audiences (and yes, you have more than one).

Join us for this 35-minute presentation and the following Q&A session for startup techniques you can try at your library.

M.J. D'Elia

Head of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team, University of Guelph

Helen Kula

Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation