A New York Times Article yesterday shared the New York Public Library’s program to lend mobile Wi-Fi hotspot gadgets to library users. As a NYT print subscriber, I was very happy to open the paper and see an article about an innovative library project yesterday. “For Those in the Digital Dark, Enlightenment Is Borrowed From […]

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Taylor Swift the successful music artist shares her thoughts on the shifting music industry. I saw a few takeaways for libraries as a parallel media industry. The opinion piece by Taylor Swift  “For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story. The Singer-Songwriter Says Artists and Fans Will […]

Approximately four in ten US homes have no landline phone a report shows. From “Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2013” by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201407.pdf. In the US: Two thirds of 25-29 year olds are wireless only. One […]

“This Act may be cited as the “Let Me Google That For You Act”” is meant to “streamline the collection and distribution of government information.” (https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2206/text). “Let Me Google That For You Act – Repeals the National Technical Information Act of 1988, effective one year after the enactment of this Act (thus abolishes the National Technical […]

My presentation in Edinburgh for the European Innovative Users Group held at Queen Margaret University June 16.   In this talk we explore what questions for library systems some new technology areas spark as we prepare for the next stage – smart watches, driverless cars, Amazon streaming music, virtual reality, discovery by location, smart buildings.  […]

A Harvard Business Review post shows how top skills for leaders include the ability to continually learn and adapt. I imagine this is doubly true for leaders in our change-immersed industry. From research for a June 11 piece, “Keep Learning Once You Hit the C-Suite” by Boris Groysberg, these traits of successful executives were identified: […]

From Lauren Britton, researcher and leader in the area of Library maker spaces. As many of you know, the White House is hosting a Maker Faire in the near future. See this release for more details: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/03/announcing-first-white-house-maker-faire Maker spaces in libraries allow everyone to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and facilitate opportunity for collaboration […]