Vol. 3 No. 1 (2018)
Columns

Building a culture of strategic risk-taking in a science library: Creating psychological safety and embracing failure

Rachel Besara
Missouri State University
Renaine Julian
Florida State University
Published December 21, 2020
Keywords
  • risk taking,
  • culture building,
  • innovation,
  • team building,
  • psychological safety
How to Cite
Besara, R., & Julian, R. (2020). Building a culture of strategic risk-taking in a science library: Creating psychological safety and embracing failure. Journal of New Librarianship, 3(1), 48-52. https://doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/4/10

Abstract

Academic librarians and library managers are always exploring new ways to empower their team to provide the best services to the entire research community. This requires organizations to take innovative approaches to new ideas as well as existing services and initiatives. With innovation, a certain amount of strategic risk has to be involved, but how much is too much? More importantly, how do you create a culture where people feel free to take risks and, sometimes, fail? These columns explore those questions as a case study of the Dirac Science Library at Florida State University.