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					PNLA Conference Proposal Submission
About you:  Name: Jim Taylor  Affiliation: ROLYAT CORP. LTD., Consultant to Red Deer Public Library  Position/title: President, Principal Consultant  Contact information: o Mail: 3421 – 39th St. Red Deer, AB T4N 5T7 Canada o Phone/Fax: 403 343-7388 Email: rolyatcorp@shaw.ca Web: www.rolyatcorp.com  PNLA member?: No About your program: Building on Strengths: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Realize Your Library’s Potential What can happen when you use Appreciative Inquiry in a library setting to plan the future? Learn from Red Deer Public Library’s inquiry into “Becoming the Best We Can Be”, initiated in 2006, and still going strong. This session will provide a thorough introduction to the process and philosophy of Appreciative Inquiry and RDPL’s experience using it. It covers how the library got started, what they learned about their strengths, how they engaged and energized their organization, including board members, and initiatives they are undertaking to co-create their ideal future based upon the shared vision they created through the process.  3 Program goals or objectives o To explain/illustrate how Appreciative Inquiry can be used to energize and engage the whole culture of a library, including board members. o To energize and excite participants about the potential of Appreciative Inquiry to create a significant positive impact on the culture of their libraries. o To facilitate a “mind shift” away from deficit models of thinking towards a visionary model. Appropriate track(s) o Leadership and Management o Cooperation and Collaboration o Library Services and Resources o Future Innovations

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3421 – 39th St. Phone/Fax: 403 343-7388 Red Deer, AB T4N 5T7 web: www.rolyatcorp.com Canada email: rolyatcorp@shaw.ca

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Program Format (single or double speaker, panel, hands-on, etc) o Single speaker with PowerPoint, video presentation and some interaction

Program Logistics:  Speaker needs: travel, subsistence, honorarium  Equipment needs: screen and AV cart. Wireless tie clip microphone if the room is large.  Preferred date of presentation: no preference  Additional information: I presented with an RDPL staff member and board member at the provincial Alberta Library Conference in April 2008. Our session, which was presented in the last time slot of the conference, received rave reviews. In fact, 23 of the 27 people who returned their evaluation forms to us indicated that our session had the “most inspiring and useful idea that they would be taking back to their library from the conference.” (We specifically asked; a copy of all the evaluation forms is available in pdf format if desired.) For more information, please visit the “AI” page of my web site www.rolyatcorp.com.

One More Note:
A highly interactive plenary session on Appreciative Inquiry (not dealing specifically with the RDPL example) at the beginning of your conference could have a very positive impact on the whole event. When I presented on Appreciative Inquiry at the Alberta Community Economic Development Conference a few years ago, participants were later heard applying the positive ideas I presented in subsequent sessions. “AI” is an energizing and uplifting methodology/philosophy of organizational development that people connect with eagerly and enthusiastically. I have always had very positive evaluations of my presentations. Please see the “Testimonials” page of my web site. Thank you for considering this proposal. Sincerely

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3421 – 39th St. Phone/Fax: 403 343-7388 Red Deer, AB T4N 5T7 web: www.rolyatcorp.com Canada email: rolyatcorp@shaw.ca


				
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