In this issue:
Innovation Tools • June 2, 2009
The myth of mass customization. No organization can be all things to all people. This article — adapted from the Sloan Management Review — notes that mass customization is more "about developing a set of organizational capabilities that will, over time, supplement and enrich an existing business." Focusing on a well-designed "solution space" for customer input can help you better understand your patrons' preferences and allow you to provide the right mix of choices to meet their requirements.
Edge • June 4, 2009
Food for thought. Don Tapscott's commentary on the increasing irrelevance of the traditional pedagogical model for today's students who were "raised digital" echoes many of the issues that we must consider as well. We need to think about how we can promote interactive discussions with our younger constituents and adapt our mindset to accommodate new ways of thinking about our business.
n + 1 • May 31, 2009
Digital compulsion. Those of us who came of age in the pre-digital world can still remember a time when we filled our spare hours taking walks, writing letters or visiting friends. Our current tendency to fill any void with online activities is making these other choices increasingly irrelevant, says Benjamin Kunkel, who warns: "The experience of being online has at least as much to do with compulsiveness as with liberty." Read on for a well-crafted review of three recent books on the topic.
Fast Company • June 1, 2009
Getting your point across in the Instant Information Age. This article focuses on what's happening in the news industry, but the author's observations describe more general trends in how people seek out information and create content in this age of instant information.
WSJ Blogs • June 1, 2009
You can't coast forever. Even market leaders can meander into mediocrity, says Gary Hamel, who notes that, "In a world where change is shaken rather than stirred, the only way a company can renew its lease on success is by reinventing itself root and branch, before it has to — a feat that even the smartest companies have trouble pulling off." This is just another reminder we need to avoid complacency and take a proactive approach to staying relevant.
Information Today • June 4, 2009
Navigating Data.gov. If you haven't checked out Data.gov yet, this article provides a good overview of what's available, how to find it and what to expect next.
Information Today • May 2009
Joining the Twitterverse. Read how libraries are using Twitter to keep their patrons informed and think about how we can expand beyond "broadcasting" to enrich our conversations with constituents.
- Outputs from the 2009 RLG Partnership Annual Meeting and User Studies Symposium Now Available
- Border Country: Classifying Across Disciplinary Boundaries
- Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2009 - Posts
- Reading Books on the Move...
- An Identity Incompletely Centered...
- Data Flows in the Book World
- A Modest Proposal: Classifying Objects