In this issue:
PRWeb • October 2, 2008
Expanding horizons with Open Door Innovation. Humans are social beings and getting out of the office might be the best way to stimulate new thinking for your organization. As a leader, your job is to be the Chief Door Opener.
The Marketer's Challenge: How to Teach Customers New Behaviours
Ivey Business Journal • September/October 2008
Teach your patrons well. Today's accelerated product rollout cycle means people must adapt to new innovations faster and it's your job to help them do that. Author Ian Gordon offers suggestions on teaching your patrons that is "thorough, fast and effective."
Creativity and the Role of the Leader
Harvard Business Review • October 2008
One doesn't manage creativity—one manages for creativity. It pays to foster your worker's creativity, according to Intuit cofounder Scott Cook, who notes that both Google and Linden Labs have reaped more success by implementing innovative ideas bubbling up from the bottom than those imposed top-down. How do you encourage creativity at all levels?
Ars Technica • October 6, 2008
Ask.com makes a splash with its new "river of rich media." Ask's strong foundation in natural language semantic search is augmented by "a new focus on specific types of structured data feeds, like TV listings and events," says Ask VP Erik Collier, as well as user-generated content, government fact pages and Q&A sites. Check out the deep search features that set this search engine apart from its competitors.
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox • September 29, 2008
Have you looked at your "About Us" page recently? Telling visitors what your organization does is one of a Web site's most important jobs, but a recent survey shows user satisfaction with "About Us" pages is declining due to incomplete or hard-to-find information. Usability expert Jakob Nielsen offers a concise blueprint for connecting with your users through a more effective Web site.
Poynter Online • October 3, 2008
Time for a news makeover? Most readers no longer look to their local newspaper for news about national and international events, which presents an opportunity for newspapers to rethink their mission. What if journalists and editors teamed up with librarians and technology experts to create a new type of news product that packaged information into modular, searchable formats tailored to the needs and desires of users?
CNet News • October 2, 2008
News you can use. Check out this list of useful news tracking blogs for an alternate route to monitoring major (and minor) news stories
- RLG Partner Participation Sought for EAD Tools Project
- RLG Partners Among Early Grid Services Adopters
- OCLC Researcher's Java OpenURL Package Enables Image Dissemination in djatoka