Available Until 6/30/2027

Accelerating Innovation through Information Tools and Expertise


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Tallie Casucci <tallie.casucci@utah.edu>.

Innovation and information are a natural duo. Instructors will share how librarians can get involved with institutional innovation initiatives, such as medical device development, games, health care apps and innovative publishing outlets. Librarians can be involved throughout the entire innovation process. They can link innovators and entrepreneurs with relevant information resources and services, present innovation-focused workshops and consult individually with innovators and student teams. We will cover a multitude of topics, including discovering evidence-based information relevant to innovators, finding needed statistics and how to partner with innovators and game/app developers effectively. We will also demonstrate special tools that have been created to track intellectual property issues surrounding innovation, including a means for disseminating this unique process and a way to share lessons learned, both positive and negative. Librarians can enhance product and business start-up development. Participants will learn through group discussions, case studies, personal plan development, and other methods.

Learning Objectives

 By the end of the course, participants will be able to name three components of the innovation process and be able to describe them.

- Of the four named components of innovation, attendees will be able to identify ways to partners with innovators.

- Participants will draft a personal plan with goal of meeting with at least one innovator within 6 months of the class and will have outlined key messages to use in this meeting as one of the class exercises.


0:00 – 0:10 Welcome (self-introductions -why here, what’s happening in your shop), Class Overview [Casucci, All]
0:10 - 0:25 What is Innovation? [Shipman]
0:25 - 0:35 Why is Innovation important to health care institutions and libraries? [Casucci]
0:35 - 1:05 Innovation 101 [Langell video and discussion]
1:05 - 1:35 Innovation lifecycle review [Both]
1:35 - 1:50 BREAK
1:50 - 2:20 Innovation lifecycle review (cont.) [Both]
2:20 - 2:50 Large group discussion as to how information can apply; map skills needed [All]
2:50 - 3:20 Case study with real scenarios [Group exercise; Case Study, All]
3:20 - 3:35 Group Report Outs [All]
3:35 - 3:45 Creating innovative spaces within libraries [Shipman]
3:45 - 4:00 Personal plan development & Wrap-up [Casucci]

Facility Requirements: - Classroom with instructor PC, video projection, and speakers. - Lapel microphone if the classroom is large. - Flipchart or whiteboard with markers. - Internet access (if free)


MLA CE Credits: 4