In this issue:
The Daily Beast • March 17, 2009
Preaching to the choir. Yale professor Stephen L. Carter argues that the physical nature of books forges a deeper relationship with readers than mere text on a screen. Most interesting is his suggestion that the brain is less able to retain or interact with information read on a screen versus hard copy. "Whatever we finally learn from the science, we can be certain of one thing: a screen is not the same as a page, and, as the migration continues, the experience of reading will itself be altered."
Gary Hamel's Management 2.0 / Wall Street Journal Blogs • March 19, 2009
RIP for legacy management. The rapid rate of global economic change, the introduction of online collaboration tools and the shift in next-generation expectations are rewriting management rules that were crafted almost 100 years ago. Fortunately, we're in better shape than many industries to adapt to this new scenario.
Innovation in Practice • March 18, 2009
Courting the opportunity next door. Targeting adjacent markets can help you extend your outreach to new customers and better serve old ones. Focusing on close-to-your-core opportunities is a relatively low-risk way to stay active during volatile times.
Knowledge@Wharton • March 18, 2009
Exploiting the underdog factor. A study of more than 6,000 basketball games shows that teams who are slightly behind at the half push significantly harder in the second half. And Wharton professor Jonah Berger suggests that's true for organizations also. While bonuses and recognition are major motivators, don't discount the psychological boost of striving for an attainable goal that's just barely out of reach.
Fast Company • March 18, 2009
Finally—a news success story. Amidst the gloom and doom surrounding the newspaper business, this article offers some reassuring evidence that this high-quality reporting operation is thriving. NPR's audience has doubled in the past 10 years and, although its embrace of digital media has produced conflict with some member stations, it's also demonstrated that loyal listeners—many of whom share demographic characteristics with our patrons—are willing to contribute to support online content.
American Scientist • March 2009
Still waiting on that third R. Presenting mathematical or chemical formulas on the Web still often requires special software add-ons or plug-ins, and the results still sometimes render differently in different browsers. As scientific discourse moves online and collaborative work becomes the norm, a small change in Web infrastructure could make it easier for scientists to communicate. Embedding the fonts needed for math and science directly in the Web page could help ensure that what readers see is what the author intended.
- Efficiency and Scholarly Information Practices
- The Archived Website as Historical Document
- Research Direction from the Library
- Book Covers and the Scholarly Record