George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud About What Makes a Library a Library

podcastThis 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 hello@georgeandjoan.com 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).

George & Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Competition and Disruptive Technologies

podcastIn 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.