Call for Articles: Colorado Libraries 36.4: Failing Forward

By collib_admin - Posted on 09 July 2012

“Failing Forward” is a popular quote by author John Maxwell.  It describes trying something new and innovative knowing that you might not succeed. When we take calculated risks with the intention of improving our communities, we might get lucky and succeed right out of the starting gate or,  as often happens, we might “fail forward” -- in other words, even if things don’t initially work out as planned and we have to work through some kinks along the way, we know that we are headed in the right direction because of our underlying goal.

Are you planning or working on a one-of-a-kind project or partnership - something that, although risky, will create a meaningful impact on your community (or some part of your community) once you can get it  up and running?  What lessons are you learning from the planning and implementation processes?  Did you get an LSTA grant for a cutting edge program that blossomed like you never imagined?  Why do you think "playing it safe" really isn't safe?  What has inspired you or your organization to be more creative and think outside the "norm"?  Have you learned something by working with non-library organizations?  There are many great ideas, processes, and imaginations out there, and Colorado Libraries would love to publish yours!

If you are a member of CAL and interested in sharing a cutting edge program idea, an essay on organizational creativity, or any other out-of-the-box idea about improving our communities(academic, public, special, school libraries),  please submit a 1-2 paragraph proposal to guest editors Kelly Fanning ( and Holli Buchter ( Proposals are due 13 July 2012. Authors will be contacted and provided with guidelines ASAP. Complete first drafts of accepted submissions will be due on 15 August 2012. Articles should be approximately 5 -10 pages long including citations. Final drafts will be due 31 August 2012.  

Please, don’t be shy - we want to hear from you!  If you have “failed forward”, other librarians will to benefit from what you learned as you worked through your process.  As your guest editors, we will provide you with as much assistance as you require throughout the writing and editing process.