Happy Friday!

It’s great to be back after a couple of weeks away with my family in Utah and northern California.

1.  Working on:  This is annual report and annual planning time:  the perfect storm of looking back and looking forward.

2.  Excited about:  Coming soon, our new library maps and location signs (digital and printed). Conny has been leading student assistant Ben Kieffer and a team of other students and staff in LIT to create these.  They’re beautiful, they’re smart (easier to update and reuse); and they are beginning to reflect and reinforce the new color palette.  Very cool!

3.  Thinking about:  problem solving. I’ve been reading a great handbook on solving complex problems.  It says the best strategy for generating more diverse and effective solutions is to deeply understand the “problem”.  They suggest analyzing a problem by asking, “who is suffering?” (and if you can’t think of an answer….maybe there isn’t a problem to solve!)  Also, ask where did the problem come from? A solution might be generated not by the current symptomatic problem, but by addressing what caused it.  By the way, it turns out that US high school students are “surprisingly” good at problem solving, according to the international PISA test.  And, I also discovered that Purdue publishes an open access journal about problem solving.

Enjoy the weekend!