Friday, 8 May 2009
Squares, circles and squiggles
Had a very productive awayday yesterday with the Executive Teams from CiCS and the Library. The day started with some exploring of our cultures, and in a very lightheatred but illuminating exercise we had to explain how we thought the other service would describe us. We thought the Library would describe us as unstructured, chaotic, laid back, risk takers, geeky, too technical, too flexible and enjoying change and uncertainty. We weren't far wrong! The Library thought we would describe them as hierarchical, customer focused, process and rule driven, risk averse, inflexible and conservative. They weren't too far wrong either! It was an interesting exercise and led to a lot of discussion about where these stereotypes and perceptions come from, how we have changed and how we can start to change the perceptions as well as understand each other better.
We then spent some time exploring what we all did and explaining our vision and aims, objectives and strategic plans and looking at where we had things in common - there was a lot of commonality here. We also looked at our current and future projects to see where we were already collaborating, and where there could be more collaboration. Joint projects we already have include media hosting, evaluating web 2.0 technologies for communicating with students and developing models for learner support. Future projects we identified include research data management, digital preservation, replacement of our current Ucard, and the implementation of new library management systems.
One of the biggest future projects will be Phase 3 of the Information Commons, for which a business case is currently being prepared - that will be very exciting and provide an additional 500 study spaces.
Finally, we did the shapes exercise which looks at personality types based on which of 5 shapes you think best describes you. I won't go into detail, but the CiCS Executive consists of a square, a circle and two squiggles! Can you guess which one of us is which?