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THE PIPELINE: K-12 Information Literacy--Teacher Librarians: Sharing and Taking Care of Themselves

By Stephen Abram - Posted Sep 1, 2007
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As I troll through the huge range of blogs that I visit daily, I learn a lot. I follow about 600 blogs a day. I try to sense what is happening in all types of libraries—academic, college, school, public, and special libraries. I see great new ideas being implemented throughout libraryland. I worry a lot that these ideas just don’t diffuse quickly enough through our world. I end up wondering this:

* Can school libraries and school boards be truly innovative? Is the public sector different?

* What allows good ideas and innovations to diffuse more quickly through our organizations?

* What are the root causes or barriers to innovation?

* Are there some solutions to this puzzle?

It seems to come down to understanding theories of diffusion. Here are a few definitions for diffusion and/or dispersion:

* The act of dispersing or diffusing something; "the dispersion of the troops"; "the diffusion of knowledge" (

* The spread of a cultural pattern from one culture to another, and where no directed change agent is apparent (http://oregon

* The spread of people, ideas, technology, and between places (

* Technology diffusion is the dissemination of technical information and knowledge and the subsequent adoption of new technologies and techniques by users. Technology diffusion is a component in the broader innovation process (


So, why does the diffusion of ideas and innovations in libraries feel so slow to me? Here are a few theories.


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