Librarians: this can apply to you as well http://t.co/7ocoAT2pQu if you want to innovate, what things can you stop to free up time?— Tim Lepczyk (@timlepczyk) August 28, 2014
First of all…hmm, interesting. Good food for thought.
What I’d say is necessary is to 1.) make the time, and 2.) save time in the process, because said time is precious. So to that, I have some addenda and/or caveats to your list:
2. Before innovating, make sure everything you currently do is operating smoothly.
3. To start doing new things, you need to prudently stop doing some old things.
These two points can translate into, “Periodically evaluate and adjust your workflow.” A scheduled review time or date can be helpful for this— to set aside a time and date to look over everything, take out (or delegate) the old and introduce the new.
5. Open up innovation beyond your department. Include students, faculty, and other colleges. Create partnerships to share the risk.
8. Learn outside of your discipline.
9. Tap into your network (follow cool, random people on Twitter).
This is absolutely necessary, not only because it opens up your scope of knowledge, but because those resources can be tapped to save you time in creating innovations.
My addition to this list would be: 10. Save time and effort by innovating in the direction the work and technology is already going. That is, when you’re pressed for time, use the knowledge of others and the skills you have cultivated not to revolutionize your library, but to reform and improve it bit by bit.