As I sign off tonight and head back home tomorrow, I realize that of all the amazing things I've learned during this conference the most powerful of all is this: I am not alone. Today at the close of the conference I sat in a room filled with people who are committed to keeping librarianship relevant and revitalized.

Day 2 - and the final day of R-Squared - I am stunned to see it end, but energized to take it all back to Pueblo!  The day began with a rousing and provocative session on creativity - and using it in a thoughtful and structured way to bring ideas out that will benefit customers and libraries.  Customer Curiosity gave us a planning format to explore a specific idea - how to plan Banned Books Week - and then a short amount of time to accomplish it.  The ideas that came out were incredibly "outside-the-box" and completely do-able.  Shut down Wi-Fi...allow customers to ban b

Wordle: R-Squared2 I thought it would be fun to put together a Wordle image based on my copious notes and conversations I overhead throughout the conference. What words would you add?

Sources of inspiration and presenters from outside the profession.  Patrick Sweeney is Branch Manager of the East Palo Alto Library in California.


Thank you all so much for attending R-Squared - The Risk and Reward Conference 2012.

Today isn't the end. It's the beginning of new conversations and a new community that will continue to connect and share.

R-Squared was developed by people just like you, who came together and started a conversation. As attendees, your ideas, your participation, and your feedback are part of this conversation.

We'd like to learn a few things about what you've discovered here at R-Squared, so please  take the conference evalutation survey: We'd love to hear what you think, both the good and the bad, to learn from our own risks we took here.

We've had a lot of fun. Thank you again for your enthusiasm and participation that made this conference a great reward for all involved.

So I was heading for a quiet spot to type up my blog post, when I was wonderfully waylayed by the amazing Andrea Davis to check out the Itinerant Poetry Library (TIPL, Sara Wingate Grey (@librarian), The Librarian, was skyping with R2 folk from the UK on a couch right outside the bathrooms.

Conquering fear of heights, student evaluation & get out of jail free cards. Jill Hurst-Wahl is associate professor of practice & director of the LIS program at the Syracuse University iSchool.

Today our focus was marketing and designing services/programs that disrupt conventions. After a crash course in advertising and marketing each group was split up to create their own unique plan for banned books week...keeping in mind that we are disrupting conventions and maxing out our creative abilities and the results were amazing!
What would you change about this ski hill?

Today's Creative Spaces team moved in a new direction, this time focusing on the importance of public spaces. The Project for Public Spaces' Vice President Cynthia Nikitin offered plenty of perspective on great community centered design, stressing the importance of sociability, access, comfort, and activity. The group also assessed places around Mountain Village to assess experience and offer ideas for improvement. Want to read more about Nikitin's great questions for assessment? Read more after the jump.

Today's Creative Spaces session focused on place making for communities. It went beyond how to build a building or where to put the shelves and walls, effectively building on what we learned yesterday. Today we answered these questions: How do you create a vision for a building? How do you ensure that your spaces solve the problems of the community? What can you do to activate your space? I walked away with tons of favorite ideas spinning around in my head. Here are a few: