CULTIVATING COMPLEXITY: How I Stopped Driving The Innovation Train And Started Planting Seeds In The Community Garden

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The last two decades have ushered transformative change across libraries. We have reimagined collections, revolutionized spaces, introduced numerous technologies, and greatly expanded our service offerings. Yet despite all of these advances, our organizational structures have remained largely the same.

This paper serves as an invitation to explore evolutionary paths for academic and research libraries. I offer my leadership journey as a conversational example, moving from a focus on productivity and serving as a driver of innovation toward a role as facilitator and gardener, helping to nurture the work environment to grow more organically. By rethinking how we interact with our colleagues, we can cultivate a more creative culture that enables us to be more resilient and better situated to tackle the complex and unpredictable nature of the work that lies ahead.



libraries, organizational change, organizational development, organizational culture