Daily Archives: September 9, 2005

3 posts

Hogwarts, Harry, iPods and DRM

So Harry Potter is available exclusively at iTunes. That means you need an iPod to play the files! What a DRM mess we live in… Anyway, to try to put a spin on this, one cool thing a library could do Is buy a Harry Potter iPod or 2 and circulate them with all the books loaded! Just like the shuffles circulating at South Huntington PL, this might make some Potter fans very happy: access to a Hogwarts engraved iPod and hours of magical audio! http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=technologyNews&storyID=9588012&src=rss/technologyNews

How agile is your library?

Sometimes it’s good to return to an article/blog post/presentation and see how it stacks up after some time has passed. For example, I just found a print of this from a 2001 LJ: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA71785.html Roy Tennant writes in April 2001 about building agile organizations and suggests three key factors to have a grip on: Communication, management and staffing. Through my late 2005 lens, this resonates: Good communication within the organization – both from above and below – is essential. Communication should not be stifled by overcontrolling management or by resentful staff. An agile organization offers many avenues of communication. Line […]

GoogleNet: Is it Next?

In the new issue of Business 2.0, there’s a brief article on what Google may have up its sleeve. http://www.business2.com/b2/web/articles/0,17863,1093558,00.html What if Google (GOOG) wanted to give Wi-Fi access to everyone in America? And what if it had technology capable of targeting advertising to a user?s precise location? The gatekeeper of the world?s information could become one of the globe?s biggest Internet providers and one of its most powerful ad sellers, basically supplanting telecoms in one fell swoop. Sounds crazy, but how might Google go about it? First it would build a national broadband network — let’s call it the […]