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  • ISSUE 22 - What keeps you up at night? (And what are you doing about it?)

    NextSpace reached out to six librarians from different types of institutions, who are at different stages in their careers, to get a range of views on the challenges facing the profession.

  • ISSUE 21 - From community to technology ... and back again

    How libraries are building and contributing to networks—on the Web and off—by exploring the edges of their traditional domains.

  • ISSUE 20 - From community to technology ... and back again

    Communities exist to further the common objectives of its members. And many of the most transformative innovations in history have focused on network technologies that connect people in new and constructive ways. No network has changed how we live, l...

  • ISSUE 19 - ACT global, ACT local

    Connect a few billion people to the same network with desktops, laptops, smartphones and cell phones and you unleash the ability for almost anyone to tap into resources of creativity and functionality that would have been unthinkable even 10 years ag...

  • ISSUE 18 - Innovation Gaps

    What's keeping you from inventing the future? To help librarians remain among the best of innovators, NextSpace explores five barriers to innovation and how to overcome them.

  • ISSUE 17 - ROI 2020

    Libraries are under mounting pressure to show their effectiveness and quantify their value. How can we demonstrate value by looking to the future?

  • ISSUE 16 - The Future of publishing

    From newspapers to popular magazines to scholarly journals to e-books to print-on-demand “vending” machines, publishing is more complicated than it once was. What do the changing roles of consumers and creators mean for libraries?

  • ISSUE 15 - Metadata Everywhere

    Librarians and catalogers are right in the middle of a revolution in how we think about representing and describing information.

  • ISSUE 14 - The Ripple Effect: Widening the library's circle of influence

    Maximizing impact with constituencies who will—if engaged properly—champion library funding is key to the survival of libraries.

  • ISSUE 13 - The Ripple Effect: Extending the library's reach

    Today’s librarians are engaging information seekers wherever they are—at the beach, in the street, on the stage, on the Web—to extend their impact and set in motion growing waves of relevance and usage.

  • ISSUE 12 - Library cooperation in the 21st century

    Working together to solve common problems and share resources is nothing new to libraries. But now, almost a decade into the 21st century, we can see that increasing technological and social changes impact how all individuals and groups cooperate. Co...

  • ISSUE 11 - Making innovation personal

    We often think of innovation in terms of sweeping changes—entirely new technologies that arise and, over time, saturate society and alter our way of life. Innovation isn’t something ordinary people do ... or is it? Our conversations with several libr...

  • ISSUE 10 - Life 2.0 The evolution of our digital DNA

    In Life 2.0, people move into a shared network space that drives work, research, education, entertainment, social activities—essentially everything they do. They use digital tools—PDA, MP3, laptop, cell phone, camera, PC—to tell their stories and int...

  • ISSUE 9 - Mixing it up

    One of the fastest growing trends today is combining data and functionality from several sources to create new services. They're called mash ups. Think Google Maps. Yahoo Pipes. Libraries are doing Web mash ups as well: Meebo Instant Messaging. ...

  • ISSUE 8 - Changing on purpose

    Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant discovered six breakthrough practices that largely determine the impact a nonprofit organization can deliver. Can libraries apply these practices both individually and collectively to make a difference in t...

  • ISSUE 7 - Libraries and social networking

    NextSpace asked nine experts for their thoughts about our increasingly online lives. The challenge is how to apply social networking in a digital age to enhance and extend the public service mission of libraries, museums and archives.

  • ISSUE 6 - Search for tomorrow

    The battle for search supremacy is hardly over. In fact, search is in its early days and poised at the cusp of several major leaps forward. What impact will they have on libraries? And how can libraries benefit?

  • ISSUE 5 - Are you asking the ultimate question?

    As libraries battle popular search engines and Internet research services for users, the new book  The Ultimate Question by Fred Reichheld says that one simple question determines an organization’s future: Would you recommend us to ...

  • ISSUE 4 - Moving to the network level

    The architecture of the Web is transforming the way systems are built and services delivered. Application development can now mean mixing data and functionality from several Web sites with your service to provide a unique and powerful user experience...

  • ISSUE 3 - Fredrick G. Kilgour (1914-2006)

    Frederick G. Kilgour, a librarian and educator who created an international computer library network and database that changed the way people use libraries, died on July 31, 2006. He was 92 years old and had lived since 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Car...

  • ISSUE 2 - Web 2.0: Where will it take libraries?

    Remember when it was cool to surf the Web? Logon, type a few words, view a few pages, logoff. Hold on to your search box, because the Web is on the cusp of another wave of jarring change.

  • ISSUE 1 - Extreme Makeover: Library Edition

    Three legacy brands—McDonald’s, Discovery Channel and IBM—have all successfully repositioned their brands in recent years to maintain their ability to influence consumer behavior. Why should libraries care about rebranding themselves—and what can the...

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