Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Agile Goes to the Library

Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 109 AB

Just days after attending their first Agile training session, management at the Whistler (BC) Public Library introduced some simple but game-changing concepts to staff: stop starting, start finishing; eliminate work in progress; make work visible. The results were remarkable, from saving time in every day processes, to managing projects such as website redesign, and ultimately, moving towards a flexible and accountable culture. Hear our story, learn the basics, begin your journey as an Agile library!

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Be familiar with the Agile manifesto and its roots in the technology sector 2: Understand how Agile can be applied to daily processes and to project management 3: Be able to create their own SCRUM boards to make work visible

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2  

Track: Challenge

Tags: Administration/Management, Organizational Change, Project Management, Technology, Training, Transforming Libraries


Elizabeth Tracy, Library Director
Whistler Public Library , Whistler , BC

Elizabeth is the Director at the Whistler Public Library. She spent eight years at the Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride, Colorado. Her experience in libraries has taken her from special to public libraries. Living in places where she can play outside and give back to her community is the ultimate recipe for happiness. Whether in work or play she is a firm believer in the power of doing something scary every day.

Chelsea Jordan-Makely, Technology & Support Services LIbrarian
Whistler Public Library , Whistler , BC

Chelsea Jordan-Makely has worked in public, academic, and special libraries in the U.S., Canada, and Africa, teaching technology to the public and to library staff. With a background in library research and customer service, she enjoys learning about and applying the principles of leadership, advocacy, and project management. Chelsea is the Technology and Support Services Librarian at the Whistler Public Library, and lives in Squamish, B.C. with her husband and a cat named Stokely.

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