The #NewBookoftheWeek is ‘The Art of Innovation’ by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman

The #NewBookoftheWeek is ‘The Art of Innovation’ by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman


The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm is the #NewBookoftheWeek at Murray State University. You can find our copy of the book on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

About the book

There isn’t a business in America that doesn’t want to be more creative in their thinking, products, and processes. At many companies, being first with a concept and first to market are critical just to survive. In The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley, general manager of the Silicon Valley-based design firm IDEO, takes readers behind the scenes of this wildly imaginative and energized company to reveal the strategies and secrets it uses to turn out hit after hit. — Authors’ website


‘The Teacher’s Ego’ is this week’s #NewBookoftheWeek

‘The Teacher’s Ego’ is this week’s #NewBookoftheWeek

lynn-150x150The #NewBookoftheWeek is The Teacher’s Ego: When Singers Become Voice Teachers, by Lynn Eustis, D.M. You can find a copy of her book on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.


Most voice teachers begin as professional singers themselves and now—perhaps facing the loss of their own performing identities—work to build and support their students in every way possible.

In The Teacher’s Ego, author Lynn Eustis grapples with these two distinct egos, those of both singer and teacher, and reveals practical implications for any professional voice teacher. Ultimately, the relationship between a singer and a voice teacher is complex. As Eustis states, “Voice teachers who understand their own motivations are infinitely more effective in the studio than those who don’t.”— GIA PUBLICATIONS, INC.

‘Making Conflict Work,’ by Peter T. Coleman & Robert Ferguson is the #NewBookoftheWeek!


Our #NewBookoftheWeek is Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement. The book is available on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

Conflicts at work are as inevitable as they are frustrating. In Making Conflict Work, Peter Coleman and Robert Ferguson’s leading experts in the field of conflict resolution address the key role of power in workplace tension. Whether you’re butting heads with your boss or addressing a direct report’s complaint, your relative position of power affects how you approach conflict.

Coleman and Ferguson explain how power dynamics function, with step-by-step guidance to determining your standing in a conflict and identifying and applying the strategies that will lead to the best resolution. Drawing on the authors’ years of research and consulting experience, the book gives readers effective strategies for negotiating disputes at all levels of an organization.

Making Conflict Work includes self-assessment exercises and action plans to guide managers, mediators, consultants, and attorneys through any conflict. This powerful approach can turn workplace tensions into catalysts for creativity, innovation, and meaningful change.

– from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Our #NewBookoftheWeek is: ‘Spheres of Possibility: Linking Service-Learning and the Visual Arts,’ by Carol S. Jeffers

Have you ever considered the positive impact that can be made through art? Carol S. Jeffers looks at the links between service learning and the visual arts in our #NewBookoftheWeek, Spheres of Possibility: Linking Service Learning and the Visual Arts (No. 258). You can find Spheres of Possibility on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

‘Spheres of Possibility,’ located on the “New Book Shelf’ in Waterfield Library

This book began with the idea that it would describe a set of arts-based service-learning courses developed and implemented during the unique multi-year project, Linking Service-Learning and the Visual Arts. These courses, in photography, graphic design, ceramics, and art education were to be offered as models, perhaps, or better yet, as starting-points, to readers looking to design their own; to any researcher or practitioner interested in exploring service-learning and its possible linkages to visual art/culture. This book is offered then as a story, told in three interrelated parts by many protagonists–active participants in service-learning, both inside and outside the Linking Project–who weave together their experiences and discoveries in dialectics that create the spheres of possibility.–From the author

New Book of the Week – 11/21/2014

New Book of the Week – 11/21/2014

Creative Confidence: unleashing the creative potential within us all

by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Creative Confidence

IDEO founder and Stanford creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation , have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us. Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers. -from Google Books

Book Reviews (login may be required) –
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Apr-Jun2014, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p168- 172; 5p,2014, 5p.
Publishers Weekly, 8/5/2013, Vol. 260 Issue 31, p58- 59; 2p,2013, 2p.

This book, along with other new materials, is available on the New Book Shelf in the lobby of Waterfield Library.