Value undeniable; price unknown: Innovate Or Stagnate

Really Interesting Post from John MacColl over at HangingTogether on the price of innovation. He says libraries can sometimes feel as though they know the value of everything but the price of nothing and wonders what is the price of making some major (and scary) changes? In other words, a pricelist is required, and producing it will be complex and challenging, requiring political as well as economic skills.

As a community we know we cannot turn back from this task, but it can seem a huge and frightening one. This is a moment when we require leadership which encourages and supports us to stick with the dynamic of change – more easily faced collaboratively - and continue to reject the stock responses of both cynicism and timidity.

The Icon Speaks: SLA Interview with Peter Drucker From 1992

A posting over on PUBLIB pointed the way to a very quotable Interview With Peter Drucker in 1992 in Information Outlook Online.

IO: If someone told you that all the information she needs is available on the world wide web for free, how would you respond?
But there is another problem with the web. It is not a telephone book. A telephone book has a system. The web is a jumble of data without index. Maybe the search firms that now spring up will substitute for an index, though it is a very poor substitute. A library has an index. But even more important, it has a librarian who can say to me, "If this is what you are looking for, try Section H5." The code and the librarian convert the chaotic and unlimited universe of data into information and no web will ever be able to this, if only because there is no way to classify the universe. You first have to codify it.

IO: What do you love about libraries?
PD: I love nothing about libraries. They are places. I love librarians

How do you build a public library in the age of Google?

Slate Has Posted a slide-show essay about the architecture of libraries.

an Extinction Timeline, predicts that libraries will disappear in 2019. He's probably right as far as the function of the library as a civic monument, or as a public repository for books, is concerned. On the other hand, in its mutating role as urban hangout, meeting place, and arbiter of information, the public library seems far from spent. This has less to do with the digital world—or the digital word—than with the age-old need for human contact.

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business

Article in by Chris Anderson called "Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business". I was initially skeptical about the article but after reading it I found several ideas that librarians should think about. For example Stewart Brand is quoted in the article: "Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive ... That tension will not go away."

How can libraries use the ideas presented by this article? What impact will the ideas in this article have on libraries?

Holodecks in Libraries?

The site Game Couch (a video game and general nerd site) posted a question to some bloggers on how a holodeck (really? you don't know what that is? turn in your MLIS right now!) might fit in with libraries. He got responses from David Lee King and Jessamyn West. Oh, yeah, and the.effing.librarian, but don't let that keep you from reading.

Chinese Blogger Killed

TechCrunch reports that a Chinese blogger was beaten to death by the Chinese government officials for the crime of....attempting to record a protest on his mobile phone. The Chinese government seems to be acting quickly to detail those involve in the attack.

The Physical Library in the 21st Century?

David Lee King Wonders... How can we get people into the physical library? He says we need to run the library a bit more like a business, and simply offer people something they want (like a good or product that a business offers to a customer). But what do we offer them? He has a good answer...

30 Library Technology Predictions for 2008

30 Library Technology Predictions for 2008: Steven Abram says he rarely does this formally but he was in the mood this year! Here's a few things, in no particular order, that he thinks will happen in 2008 that might/will have an impact on our little library world.

25. Blockbuster will begin its death throes in earnest in 08. Libraries need to discuss why and what they need to learn from this.
26. 2008 will see some cool - almost ready for primetime - uses of integrated e-paper in portable devices, readers, and wireless signs, etc.

My 4 Year Old Told Me To “Google It”

Can you connect This Story By Mat Siltala to libraries?

He turned to me and said: “Why don’t you just Google it Dad, because you use it to find everything else”. I guess he does hear me (more then I realize) say stuff like “find it on Google”, or “look it up on Google” with everyday interactions with my wife, friends or clients! It was so funny, cute and genuine that I was speechless.

Cowboy Junkies Paradox

Can you connect This Story By Seth Godin to libraries?

Marketers of all stripes face the same challenge. Your current customers want nothing but the old stuff, but the new customers don't know you exist, so they can't speak up.


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