George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Confluences

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan discuss a couple of pieces of information that they have recently encountered. The first item is an article from The New Yorker about Clayton Christensen’s explorations into why big businesses fail. The other is the announcement of a new service from ProQuest called Udini. This new service provides consumer access to ProQuest’s huge database of articles.

So what’s the connection between these things and libraries? Listen and find out! Mentioned in this podcast:

George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Ideas That Will Change the World

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan discuss (in their own inimitable way) and article that appeared in Time magazine on March 17, 10 Ideas That Will Change the World.

Looking at trends, they agree, makes us look at how we do things and ask good questions and start conversations that we normally wouldn’t have. It helps us step away from the day to day firefighting and take a gander at the bigger picture. It’s a refreshing listen!

This seems like an opportune time for a (mostly) relevant Infopeople plug: George is teaching an online course that starts on April 3, 2012 titled Libraries and Change: Skills for Successful Change Management. Seats are still available!

George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about the Great Tech War of 2012

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan discuss an article that George recently read in the magazine Fast Company, The Great Tech War of 2012. The article predicts an upcoming battle for supremacy among Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook in the markets for smartphones, tablets and more.

What impact, if any, does this looming tech war have on libraries? Would they benefit? Would they suffer? Libraries may not directly benefit but they will have a stake in the outcome. Each of these organizations are moving in similar directions. As Joan says they are verticalizing. And that is something that libraries can think about doing. Tune in to hear all of their ideas!