Posts tagged ‘innovation’

Listen up, libraries!

I’m reading Tribes by Seth Godin, and I’m bookmarking a lot. Here’s a quote that is really pertinent to library-land these days:

many people (many really good people) spend all day trying to defend what they do, trying to sell what they’ve always sold, and trying to prevent their organizations from being devoured by the forces of the new. It must be wearing them out. Defending mediocrity is exhausting.

So true! One of the most common arguments I hear from librarians is this insistence that the quality of information we offer through our careful searching and vetting is so much better than Google/Wikipedia/flavor of the month/whatever. But you know what? It’s not. Quality is not just determined by content alone but by our ability to get that content to the people who need it, when they need it. Google and Wikipedia get that, and the quality of content they deliver is good enough for the vast majority of people. If we’re chasing people around trying to convince them that Google and Wikipedia aren’t good enough, we’ve already lost. The quality of our information sources is meaningless if no one uses them. If we can’t come up with a better raison d’etre, we are goners.

July 7, 2009 at 7:30 am

Changing the definitions

Jonathan Morrow gets it right:

The people we pay attention to aren’t the masters of doing what’s “right;” they’re the misfits who have the courage to be wrong. They take whatever everyone else is doing in their industry and turn it inside out….

What I’m saying is you need to realize “right” and “wrong” exist only between quotation marks. Everyday, the world decides their definition, and everyday, we have the opportunity to influence what that definition becomes.

Revolutionaries don’t just burn the rules. They write new ones. In destroying the standard, they create the standard. It’s creative destruction at its finest.

June 30, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I’m baaaaaack!

If a blog falls in the forest, and there’s no one to hear it, does it make a sound?

Sorry I’ve been so remiss about posting. We’re going through a major software implementation at work and it is sucking up a lot of my mental energy, so when I get home my brain is mush and I can’t summon the energy to write a coherent thought. I will try to be better, I promise! Just to get the ball rolling, here’s a quote I like (it was on the cover of the March issue of Fast Company):

Innovation is super fragile. It’s very easy to kill. We need a stubborn, rebellious attitude. – Google CIO Douglas Merrill

March 29, 2008 at 10:54 am 2 comments

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Pearce