The Buttry Diary • 20 February 2015
Steve Buttry at LSU's Mann School of Communication writes an intriguing post based on this provocative observation: "If I ran a major legacy media org. I'd think: 1. What separates us from a startup? Archives. 2. Are we doing everything with our archives?"
Granted this is about how "old media" can leverage their archives to provide unique features and products. It seems to me that almost all of these ideas are worth considering in the context of a university archives. Archives as asset. (Michalko)
Smithsonian.com • March 2015
Transforming offices, politics and art? In 1959, Xerox released the "914"—the first easy-to-use photocopier—expecting customers would make about 2,000 copies a month—but users easily made 10,000 a month, and some as many as 100,000. Before the 914 machine, Americans made 20 million copies a year, but by 1966 Xerox had boosted the total to 14 billion.
It's good to have the genesis story repeated briefly. More intriguing is the pattern of take-up and the diffusion of the technology through the corporate, cultural and personal domains. The author ends with some provocative speculation about whether 3-D printing is at the Xerox 914 stage now and whether similar patterns will obtain. Some of the 3D weird junky trinkets that I've seen are the equivalent of the stupid cartoons that circulated through offices because duplicating was so simple. (Michalko)
FastCompany.com • 10 February 2015
In many businesses in older industries, from law firms to medical labs, fax machines aren't seen as some '80s anachronism but as an efficient, reliable, and mostly secure way to communicate. This article explains why the fax infrastructure still exists and how it's getting used in an era of tablets, smartphones and apps.
Apparently a whole middleware industry is emerging to allow modern personal technologies to interact with that infrastructure. That's probably how the lunch order you placed actually showed up in front of the deli counterman. Part way into this article you'll find the sound of a fax, from "What Sound Looks Like," by Khara Cloutier. Go to her Vimeo page to hear other old technologies and see them pictured. (Michalko)
recode.net • 9 February 2015
This article describes a program known as Kickbox in which Adobe provides customized red boxes, each of which includes a prepaid credit card and other tools designed to help turn an idea into a shippable product.
Adobe has now released Kickbox to the rest of the world so you can implement it at your organization using materials that you can download and print. There is also a good online workshop on their site that walks you through the process. Very cool. This reminded me of Design Thinking for Libraries which is a toolkit for patron-centered design created by IDEO. It does for spaces what Kickbox wants to do for products. (Michalko)
How Copyright Terms Restrict Scholarship
Pacific Standard • 17 February 2015
How to Not Look Clueless on Social Media
Guy Kawasaki • 19 February 2015
The NSA Gets Romantic on Twitter
Re/code • 14 February 2015
The first because it's about having to rely on pirated reprints in order to write a book about the Wonder Woman comics. (The Secret History of Wonder Woman was on my year end list of intriguing articles.)
The second because if your institution has a social media presence you will certainly find that you have looked clueless in one or more of the ways Kawasaki identifies.
The third because it is so spectacularly wrong and clueless. (Michalko)
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