In this issue:
Innovate by Fostering Serendipity: Report from the BIF-5 Conference
Innosight • October 19, 2009
Question everything. This synopsis of the TED-like Business Innovation Factory conference offers a laundry list of ways to encourage serendipity—by relaxing your mind, giving in to curiosity and not taking anything for granted. One of the best nuggets: "Keep two lists—one of the things that get you up in the morning and one with the things that keep you up at night."
Blogging Innovation • October 15, 2009
Beyond buggy whips. We've all heard this before: we're not in the media-lending or artifact-warehousing business—we're in the personal growth or entertainment or community hearth business. Leadership consultant Paul Sloane offers some questions that we should ask ourselves every time we consider a new product or service—does it really fit with the business we think we're in today?
The Wall Street Journal • October 21, 2009
Food for thought. Business guru Gary Hamel offers the short-hand version of the next book he's not going to write (actually, just the first three chapters). The subject is "adaptability" and while the virtues of the adaptable enterprise have gotten a lot of play in the business press, Hamel always has something interesting to say. Read on and think about how his suggestions apply to our institutions.
Seed Magazine • October 20, 2009
Everyone's a publisher. Check out "the first published graph of the history of authorship." If you factor in blogs, Facebook and Twitter, authorship is on a sharp upward trajectory, projected to hit 100% by 2013. Like it or not, the implications include increased power in the hands of individual tweeters (witness the Twitter protests against the recent Iranian election results) and a new benchmark for haves/have-nots.
Huffington Post • October 22, 2009
Remember Minitel. The most interesting part about David Rothman's ambitious TeleRead project is the suggestion that setting national standards for his digital library e-readers could kickstart other efforts, such as electronic health records and government tax filings. Way back in the early '80's, France's PTT took away phone books and distributed Minitels—which could be used not only to look up phone numbers, but also to make train reservations and online purchases. A multi-functional e-reader might provide a back-door way to extend e-services to the general U.S. population.
Econsultancy • October 23, 2009
More do's and don'ts. Author Aliya Zaidi drives home the point that to be successful, using social media must be an integrated part of a larger organizational strategy. Skim through the "why it works" and "key point to take home" sections for positive reinforcement and some cautionary tales.
- OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series Presents, "Memento: Time Travel for the Web," with Herbert Van de Sompel on 19 November 2009
- 2010 RLG Partnership Annual Meeting and Symposium
9-11 June 2010 in Chicago