By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens Often times, it’s born at the desk. Staff members think of a new idea, and they want to share it with the decision-makers. They put together a presentation or proposal at the suggestion of their immediate supervisor and take it up to administration. But they receive a cold reception. Not only are they told, “No,” but they were “talked to” by the department head: “How could anyone think such an idea would work? Didn’t they realize that their idea had been tried five years earlier?” Other times it’s born at a rousing conference or […]
By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens What prevents a library from being transparent? Barriers. Roadblocks. Inability to change. The culture of perfect. The transparent library contains three key elements: open communication, adapting to change, and scanning the horizon. We’ll explore these ideas and offer solutions for those struggling with new models of service, technology, and a decidedly opaque climate. The web has changed the old landscape of top-down decisions. “As the web becomes the greatest word-of-mouth amplifier in history, consumers learn to trust peers more and companies less,” said Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail. “And as the same […]
Good stuff at LJ Today! Hey! That’s Aaron! I think he has the most famous forehead in library land today!
Let’s try again. I did some tweaks on my setup. Tame the Web Podcast 2: Communicating your Library’s Message Contents: Call for Speakers for Public Library Track at IL 2005 Call for Speakers at Internet Librarian International Communicating your Message – 8 Channels (PDF) (Originally developed with Lissa Krull 2003) Please comment… or e-mail…
I pondered this for two weeks..and decided to give my technology here at the house a whirl to see if I could produce a podcast. http://www.tametheweb.com/podcasts/TTWPodcastTest.mp3 My topics: Call for speakers for Internet Librarian 2005 A look at the tools/skills of the “Up to Date” librarian and a plea to “sieze the day” Please let me know what you think. I’m still deciding if I like the format and how it might work in the LISBlogosphere.. Greg and Karen really inspred me. And it was made entirely on a MAC!
My article on technology planning is in the new Library Journal! Thanks to all who contributed and offered quotes/insight! http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA474999
A well-thought-out technology plan can help libraries stay on course We may know that technology is not an end in itself but a tool to help us meet our libraries’ service goals, but that’s easy to forget. After all, technology often sucks up huge amounts of attention, money, and staff resources. Our users, also technology consumers, have evolving expectations of what the library should provide. Yet new technologies can be disruptive to both staff and public. Added to all this, some of us remain technophobes while others are consumed by technolust – an irrational love for new technology combined with […]