In this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take on the issue of staying motivated. It’s a problem we all face at various times in our lives. They explore several things that can help us all stay engaged in all aspects of our lives. Among them: feeling connected, feeling that our contributions are valued, and feeling like you will have opportunities to keep learning.
In this podcast George and Joan put on their futurist hats and ponder the question, “How would a library accommodate a post-print culture in the future?” Is a library without books still be a library? What defines a library? Is it the books and materials that make the library, or is it something more ephemeral? Join the discussion!
This podcast idea came about as a result of consulting work George and Joan recently did in Northern California. The library system they were working with was at risk of closure due to county budget issues. As they worked, George and Joan started to ponder what services MUST remain for a library to still be a library. What do you think? If you have thoughts to share after listening, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below. Oh, and here’s a link to the report they mention in the podcast: http://bit.ly/d7DBzf (this links to a PDF file).
In this latest edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan riff on a topic that came to George’s mind after reading an article in the New Yorker entitled The Next Level, by James Surowiecki (October 18, 2010). The article looks at what happened to Blockbuster and how they were blindsided by NetFlix and RedBox and their own inability to see beyond their brink and mortar stores. George and Joan ponder the ramifications of Blockbuster’s woes for libraries.
Also mentioned in this podcast: The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business, by Clayton M. Christensen. Harper Collins, 2003.