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40 Day Librarian Challenge

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40 Day Librarian Challenge

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Join Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project as he shares a new strategy he hopes libraries adopt to strengthen their connection with themselves, their team, and the community. By setting up a 40 Day Challenge (and yes challenges will be shared in this presentation) you can take yourself and your library to a whole new level of librarianship.

Join Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project as he shares a new strategy he hopes libraries adopt to strengthen their connection with themselves, their team, and the community. By setting up a 40 Day Challenge (and yes challenges will be shared in this presentation) you can take yourself and your library to a whole new level of librarianship.

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40 Day Librarian Challenge

  1. 1. THE 40 DAY CHALLENGE
  2. 2. THE CHALLENGE Over the course of 40 days, each day being a specific and unique challenge; you can dramatically change as a librarian. These challenges are designed for anyone – from director to circulation to page. Or for the most senior librarian to one just starting out in library school
  3. 3. A 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology stated that it takes 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit. The study also concluded that, on average, it takes 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic. WHY 40?
  4. 4. Kundalini Yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness is practiced over 40 consecutive days to make or break habits. Through physical movement, breathing and listening to specific sounds it will help improve ones consciousness, develop intuition, increase self knowledge, and is said to unlock the unlimited creative potential. MAGIC NUMBER Forty days has sacred relevance throughout religion. • In Judaism, for someone who seeks an answer to their prayers should pray the same prayer request for 40 consecutive days. • Forty days also has significance for Christians who fast for 40 days during Lent. • Some religions and cultures state that a new mother is confined to her home for 40 days after she has given birth.
  5. 5. • Personality can be changed through handwriting exercises over a period of 40 days. • Our skin cells on average take 40 days to renew, our red blood cells start dying from 40 days onwards SCIENCE OF 40
  6. 6. The goal is that by doing small incremental changes over 40 days we can strengthen our connection with ourselves, our team, and our community MISSION
  7. 7. WHAT ARE THEY? So what are these 40 challenges and how are they divided up? At the end of each day – there will be time to write about what happened and complete a specific exercise. Each challenge is designed like a work out – most can be completed in 30 minutes or less
  8. 8. These challenges are designed around strengthen your connection to your community. CENTERED ON COMMUNITY
  9. 9. CHALLENGE: CALLING Asking for help from local businesses can yield surprising results
  10. 10. We can agree technology is all around us – but is too much technology a thing? These challenges are a bit harder which include disconnecting from technology outlets so we can focus more on ourselves, family, team, and community TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY
  11. 11. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND YOUR PHONE
  12. 12. Whether or are a leader or not, its important to have good leadership values. These challenges are geared to put you outside of your comfort level and push you into new understandings of yourself. LEARNING TO LEAD
  13. 13. 360 SURVEY Asking for feedback is vital to growth
  14. 14. This is a fun one – these challenges are focused on things you may not have found time to do. They are geared to open up new opportunities for you and your library EXPLORING WITH EXCITEMENT
  15. 15. TED TALKS Listen to 5 talks and summarize what you learned
  16. 16. This one gets fairly deep with our inner workings of ourselves. But to improve how we work, interact, and achieve – we must know our own strengths and weaknesses. FINDING YOUR FOCUS
  17. 17. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE Expanding your circle allows you to have deeper and more meaningful connections
  18. 18. PUTTING IT TOGETHER At the end of this 40 day experience – you should have discovered new things about yourself, your team, and your community. Interested in getting the full challenge set. Dates: 07/01/2022 09/01/2022 Email: iamready@thelibrarychallenge.com thelibrarychallenge.com
  19. 19. PLAN The second component of this challenge is doing this in a group. We are building a platform (free) that you can share with others the successes (and fails) of doing each challenge. Community Is Key
  20. 20. Not all challenges you will be able to do – and some you may have to skip because of everything else going on. That is OK. But try to be consistent. CONSISTENCY
  21. 21. Discussion and Questions • Email: BPichman@evolveproject.org • Twitter: @Bpichman • iamready@thelibrarychallenge.com • thelibrarychallenge.com

Hinweis der Redaktion

  • For example, certain habits take longer to form. As demonstrated in the study, many participants found it easier to adopt the habit of drinking a glass of water at breakfast than do 50 situps after morning coffee.
    What’s more, some people are better suited to forming habits than others. A consistent routine of any kind isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK.


    The psychology of forming a habit
    According to a 2012 studyTrusted Source published in the British Journal of General Practice, habits are “actions that are triggered automatically in response to contextual cues that have been associated with their performance.”
    For example, when you get into your car, you automatically put on the seat belt. You don’t think about doing it or why you do it.
    Your brain likes habits because they’re efficient. When you automate common actions, you free up mental resources for other tasks.
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    Marginal Gains
    The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.[11]
    At the 2004 Olympic Games Great Britain won two cycling gold medals, their best performance since 1908
  • Call 10 local businesses and ask them to help donate towards a 1k project
    Volunteer with a local organization like a homeless shelter or nursing home
    Explore nature by going to a park/preserve and journal what you notice and discover
    Buy someone coffee at a coffee shop / lunch
    Invite your local non-profits to your library to give a presentation on what they do for the public
  • Disconnect from social media for this week
    Don’t use any technology for a full 24 hours (do this on your off day)
    Leave your cell phone at home while at work
    Teach a patron/co-worker something you know how to do very well
    Take a programming course / Learn a new software



  • According to a survey conducted in February 2021, nearly half of the respondents stated that on average they spent five to six hours on their phone on a daily basis, not including work-related smartphone use
  • Mentor one other person
    Take a co-worker you don’t talk to / get along with to lunch
    Go to a local business (like a restaurant) and observe how the manager leads – what they do well / what they don’t do well
    Ask your co-workers 5 things that you do really well and 5 things that can be improved on
    Join a support group with something you struggle with
  • Read 10 minutes each day this on a book you have been really wanting to read but never found time
    Try working out (if you don’t already) 30 minutes each day for 5 days.
    Go to a crowdfunding website, find one thing that you see would be a benefit to your library, and reach out to that group to partner up
    Find one new technology gadget and develop a proposal why it would be good to include in your library
    Watch 5 Ted Talks at random and summarize what you learned and how you can implement it
  • Circle of Influence – ask five close friends to meet one of their closest friends (that you aren’t connected with)
    Be by yourself for 24 hours – and learn a little about yourself.
    Myers - Briggs Type Indicator – If you’ve done this already do it again today
    What’s your love language – this helps determine how you get along with all relationships not just romantic ones
    Share one secret (positive or negative) with your closest friend and ask for their input
     
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  • In baseball, we celebrate the home run.  More important than hitting a home run 1 in 10 times would be to hit 10 singles in a row.  In fact, 10 singles in a row would score 7 runs and leave the bases loaded.  One home run gets you one run and on SportsCenter, but 10 singles in a row will win the game.

    One more analogy from the restaurant world.  A couple of years ago, the 11th rated fast food burger in America was the “Big Mac.”  And yet, despite this, McDonald’s was the highest grossing fast-food restaurant.  In fact, to prove their dominance, their combined revenue was greater than 2, 3, and 4 highest grossing fast-food restaurant (Starbucks, Subway, and Burger King).

    Why the success?  It’s certainly not the quality of the meat.  The burger itself is nowhere near the top.  It’s not their customer service.  Typically, they are rated the worst in the business.  Most people believe it is due to their consistency.  You are going to get the same consistency from a Big Mac in Orlando, FL than you would in Omaha, NE.

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