It is workplace (too) that makes us exchange information and knowledge

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:10

Harvard Business review published recently an interesting piece by Ben Waber, Jennifer Magnolfi and Greg Lindsay on Workspaces That Move People. The authors describe and discuss a number of examples of new types of workplaces that make people to interact with each other, unexpectedly to bump into other people and to break the routine.

What is a core service?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 09/26/2014 - 06:00

Bob Schrier of AutoGraphics writes about digitisation and posits that it should be perceived as a core service of libraries. I do agree with the him in that digitisation is indeed something libraries could (and perhaps should, with an emphasis) consider as an offering that both makes sense considering the mission of (public) libraries, community needs and the existing and conceivable competences and capabilities of libraries.

Boundaries and the future role of libraries (and of knowing)

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:13

Professor Gary Marchionini made a number of interesting remarks in his guest of honour talk at the biannual LIDA conference in Zadar. Marchionini made some remarks on the future role of libraries as institutions collecting people. By collecting people he referred to managing and helping to curate our personal data, information and cyber identity.

Evaluation of what?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 08:43

The theme of this year's LIDA conference is evaluation. At the moment, when the conference is still going on, it is possible to say that the variety of papers on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation has been interesting.