By Carmen Howard
Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria
At the January 2016 GMR Outreach Librarians Webinar, I spoke about the NExT (project (phnext.uic.edu) that is being done by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Western Illinois University with the support of the GMR. As many of you already know since I’ve written about NExT for The Cornflower before, it is a huge and frequently overwhelming project. We’ve assembled a large, geographically-dispersed, interdisciplinary team, and we have managed to accomplish quite a lot of pretty great things for public health professionals. But honestly, it is a lot of work too. It seems that there is always one more thing that we really ought to do or a small adjustment that would just make the project even better. So when I was asked to participate in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise as part of the webinar, I’ll admit that that was the first thing that ran through my mind – “ok here is one more thing to add to the to-do list”.
However, I’m happy to say that I actually got far more out of the experience than I put into it. If you attended the webinar, you have already heard Cindy Olney’s great presentation on Appreciative Inquiry, or AI. If you could not attend, AI is an easy exercise that focuses on three questions. Here is what Cindy asked me: (more…)