In this issue:
Innovation Tools • June 23, 2009
Split personality. The authors point out that to be successful in a hyper-competitive world, companies must build a "dual core" culture that focuses on excelling at the current business while at the same time incubating new ones. Few managers come equipped with this ability to handle paradox, but the article gives some pointers on how to begin the process of personal self-reinvention.
Netherlands Architecture Institute • June 10, 2009
Libraries as the Big Connector. Dutch architect Pim van den Berg says libraries should transform themselves into urban meeting places and suggests looking to some of the more innovative bookstores for ideas on creating safe, accessible, living spaces for books, music, art, lectures, food and more. He suggests that the impending wave of department store bankruptcies and declining church membership could open up new possibilities for using the empty buildings as downtown Culture Houses, and that libraries could open kiosks in grocery stores for patrons who might not visit the local branch. The lecture lasts about an hour and the lighting is too dark to see much of his slide show, but van den Berg's talk is rich in ideas and entertaining. Watch — or listen — over lunch.
The Guardian July 1, 2009
Libraries as a 24/7 information resource. The Internet Archive's Open Library project represents a different vision of the Library of the Future, offering online access to more than a million out-of-copyright titles and searchable information on millions more. And while Google Books and other contenders like the British Library have their own plans for putting archives and texts online, what differentiates the Open Library project is its attempt to treat books as "networked objects" — linked to information from retailers, reviewers, book clubs and bibliophile communities.
Harvard Business Publishing • June 29, 2009
Seeding, feeding, weeding. These activities are an essential component of any social media launch, and they generally require real, live people to do them. Make sure ahead of time you've allocated the manpower to accomplish them.
The Berkun Blog • June 30, 2009
What problem are we trying to solve? Faced with an over-hype of social media startups and wannabes, it's always good to take a step back and ask why we think we need to participate in another communications channel. Scott Berkun's rant is another take on the Emperor Has No Clothes theme, but read it for fun.
Social Computing Journal • June 26, 2009
The maturing of Web 2.0. Blogger Dion Hinchcliffe offers some ideas on what the next phase of the Web may be, based on the idea that "the Web is becoming more autonomic, reflective, real-time, generative, and open while at the same time far more deeply embedded everywhere in the fabric of our environment." So while early Web 2.0 has been all about social computing and user-generated content, Web Squared will "inferentially" gather intelligence from the proliferating mass of sensors, networks and devices that collect data on everything we do.
- Paul Clough to Speak on Multimatch: Providing Multilingual/Multimedia Access to Cultural Heritage Content, 23 July 2009 at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio
- A Web-siting at the University of Michigan
- 2009 RLG Partnership LAM Panel
15 August at SAA in Austin, TX