I was reminded of this incredible service at Cherry Hill Public Library in new Jersey when I came across John Blyberg’s recent post on iTunes sharing: http://www.blyberg.net/2006/09/12/sharing-music-with-itunes-and-mt-daapd/ I appreciate John’s take and his “how to do it” hints. I don’t know much about MT DAAPD but I do know offering your library users access to your entire CD collection via library computers is darn user-centered and just plain FUN! LISTEN BEFORE YOU BORROW! Like John, I like to hear from folks about how this is going for them if they’ve tried it. Cherry hill? Others?
Over lunch in the Dining Hall at Dominican, I read a few articles in MIT’s Technology Review. “10 Ways to Think about Innovation” by Jason Pontin really got me going! Pontin presents a top ten list for folks interested in innovating. For example: (7) Real innovators delight in giving us what we want: solutions to our difficulties and expansive alternatives to our established ways. (8) They are, it is true, sometimes perplexed by our ignorance of our own needs. “You have to solve a problem that people actually have,” says Joshua Schachter, the founder of del.icio.us (now a division of […]
Have something to say about social software in libraries? Submit a proposal: http://www.sociallibraries.com/course/cfp/ HOT URL too! The planning committee (Michelle Boule, Karen Coombs, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Meredith Farkas, Ellyssa Kroski, Dorothea Salo), a group of phenomenal librarians, are waiting to hear from you!
Paul Miller posts about innovation, Abram and the Cluetrain: http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/archives/2006/09/usercentric_inn.php I trust that our fellow vendors must (by now!) just about be sufficiently Participation Age-aware to read at least one of Panlibus or Stephen’s Lighthouse. Here’s hoping, for the sake of their customers, that they find Patty’s post via one of those routes, have a read, and get re-imagining their business and its interaction with the world around it. Oh, and while I’ve got their attention… have you finished Cluetrain yet? A few months ago,I asked III to read the Cluetrain as well. Maybe it’s time for ILS customers to […]