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Innovation is a much touted concept in the business world. Libraries, too, have felt the need for continuous innovation as we serve ever-changing needs. Leaders can use principles practiced in business to transform academic libraries into cultures of innovation. In a culture of innovation, employees are engaged in their work and excited about the possibilities of it. Leaders help cultivate creativity by promoting growth mind-sets, rewarding experimentation, and practicing discovery skills. Importantly, library leaders in cultures of innovation hone persuasive abilities to create buy-in for implementing innovations in order to serve users more effectively with dynamic solutions to persistent problems.


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Evener, J. (2015). Innovation in the library: How to encourage new ideas, create buy-in, and serve your patrons better. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 22(3-4), 296-311. doi:10.1080/10691316.2015.1060142

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