Happy Friday!

1.  Working on:  This week I attended a day and a half Academic Affairs staff / Dean’s Council retreat up at Poly Canyon Village.  It was  informal and information-rich, and discussions were good. Topics ranged from the future of our graduate programs and a commitment to setting enrollment targets for them; the economic impact of Cal Poly on SLO (it’s big); the economics of research funding (where does the money go); “internationalization” (recruiting and supporting international students, expanding international opportunities for our US students, including lower-income students); how advising is organized and how it’s working; and next year’s budget process, which will include a systematic review across the colleges and Academic Affairs of “unmet needs.”

2.  Excited about:  The work of our iDi working group on digital images.  They’ve done some important environmental scanning and surveying and interviewing in just a few short months.  The team’s just completed a first quarter report, and this will be shared soon with everyone, along with their revised charge that focuses next steps on pilots to explore two cloud-based tools that other libraries are using to support users’ work with images  – Omeka and Shared Shelf.

3.  Thinking about:   Organizational health.  What can I/we do to contribute to it?  How do you know when you’ve got it (or don’t have it)?  There’s a book about that:  Patrick Lencioni, “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business.”  A review says:  “four steps to health: build a cohesive leadership team, create clarity, overcommunicate clarity, and reinforce clarity.”  (This for some reason, this reminds me of our awesome new net check-in protocol.)

Have a great weekend!