In this issue:
The Boston Globe • August 2, 2009
Perseverance pays off. It turns out that being smart isn't the best indicator of future success—it's whether you have the ability to work hard and stick with a task. Studies by scientists and the military have borne out the research—the task now is to grow "grittier" children by praising them for their extra effort, not their innate intelligence. Meanwhile, these lessons might be carried over into the workplace—providing a new focus for performance reviews or job candidate selection.
Idea Connection • July 25, 2009
Challenging assumptions. Author Paul Sloane says thinking laterally—approaching an issue from a new direction—can help companies avoid the fate of defunct airlines that failed to look beyond their long-held assumption that every passenger received a paper ticket, an assigned seat and a free drink. The interview covers a number of familiar topics—brainstorming techniques, open innovation—but Sloane's insight is worth reading.
ReadWriteWeb August 3, 2009
Still waiting for the Kindle Killer. A recent report from Forrester notes that while Amazon is clearly the market leader among early adopters, later adopters are likely to latch onto the best deal for the best price. And at $300+, that won't be the Kindle. And while ebook technology is improving, it's still unclear how many people will want to give up their hard copy. As one commenter noted, "the Kindle solves problems that publishers and retailers have, not problems that readers have."
Inside Higher Ed • July 31, 2009
Rent-a-text. Several new companies are joining a number of colleges in offering students an alternative to high-priced textbooks—a rental program that allows them to borrow the books for a small fee, and then charges full price if they damage or don't return them. The move is just one more response to the overpriced textbook publishing industry. Read on to learn more about the different business models and the pros and cons involved.
Infoworld • July 30, 2009
Copyrighted search results? According to the creator of the new "computational knowledge engine" Wolfram Alpha, using its results page without attribution may "constitute academic plagiarism or a violation of copyright law." In this way, Wolfram Alpha is claiming intellectual property protection not just for its specialized software, but for the output of that software—a precedent that could have legal ramifications for other software-as-a-service applications.
MIT Technology Review • July 29, 2009
Pick a number... A Web site called Truenumber allows users to tag numbers with defining data, providing semantic context for their significance. The concept could provide a handy shortcut for engineers, but also could be useful for journalists, academics and others.
- Attend Beyond "Beyond the Silos of the LAMS" Saturday, August 15 at SAA
- Register to attend the 26 August Library a la Carte Webinar
- Webcast of Paul Clough's "MultiMatch: Providing Multilingual/Multimedia Access to Cultural Heritage Content" DSS Presentation Now Available
- Networking Names Webinar Recording Now Available
- OCLC Research Highlights of Projects in Support of the RLG Partnership: April-June 2009 Now Available
- Twitterage Again...
- Library Hand
- VIAF Stats and Improved Matching
- Preserving Digital Archives: The Higher We Strive, the Higher We Fail