I’ve been thinking a lot these days about technology planning — for last week’s retreat at SJCPL, for articles, etc. I do see how an info cacscade might affect a library as it plans new technology. Cool stuff to ponder…
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Great posts and I agree wholeheartedly!!!
I love stuff like this! My cyber-friend, Orkut Buddy and librarian Pal Jeff up in TC shared this with me…
Take a look. Ponder starting your own “if everyone in town read the same book” thing!
I’m working on a second dratft of an article on technology planning… I need YOUR HELP! Have you been successful with the art of the tech plan? Have you crashed and burned and don’t mind telling me about it?
E-mail me and let’s talk!
mstephens7 (at) mac.com
On the way back from Michigan last week I listened to the New Yorker’s James Surowiecki’s book The Wisdom of Crowds which Steven mentioned a few weeks ago. It was incredibly interesting and the four hour drive flew by.
Surowiecki gathers research from various disciplines concerning the idea that the wisdom of many is usually spot on — better in fact than the wisdom of say one or two geniuses.
Take a look at this for more: http://reason.com/links/links062804.shtml
An example: folks try plank roads in the 1800s… they seem ok and EVERYONE starts praising plank roads. “Plank roads will change the way of the world!” Some are built… etc and then it turns out they are hard to take care of, fall apart, don’t last, etc. That’s an information cascade.
Try this on for size: library folks try (insert new tech here — eBooks, RFID, Virtual reference) and things seem ok and EVERYONE starts praising said tech. You know the rest. Some new technologies roll out ok, others go bust…
That’s an information cascade.
As you make decisions for your library… as you attend conferences are hear the speakers praise biobliographic information inbedded on micro-organic chipsets surgically implanted in the brains of our patrons, stop for a second and ask yourself: is this an informatiuon cascade? Is this the future? What might the ROI be on this new tech…
I got to thinking today as I go through my piles of mail about all the renewals for products I handle…which made me think how cool it is that Indiana has INSPIRE — the statewide intiative through the state library to give all citizens access to databases. I know Michigan does it as well… Tell me this then folks that read my blog… does every state have such a cool thing? What’s its address?
Email me! mstephens7(at)mac.com!
CJ let me know about The September Project and he asked me about Indiana Libraries participating. I believe they do not have a representative library yet from Indiana…
Check out the Weeb site for more info!
(That’s a line from an obscure Fleetwood Mac song from 1987)
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Hey Steven! You Rock!!