Antifragile Libraries pt 2: Antifragile librarianship

In my last post we considered the idea of Antifragility and how libraries might consider making our collections more anti-fragile. Today I'd like to discuss how we take the antifragile concept further by considering an antifragile approach to discovery, as well as exploring librarianship as a tool for antifragilism. Arguably…

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Technolust - the fifth column of the information counter-revolution

I'm going to start with a story about growing up in Tasmania in the 1990s. The economy wasn't great, with unemployment at around 11%, no economic growth to speak of and a high State debt. In these formative years, I was surrounded by both the defeatists and the hopelessly optimistic…

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Not just an Academic question: Why Open Access matters for public libraries

I’ve been thinking about writing a post on Open Access for a while. The recent tragic death of Aaron Swartz seems like an appropriate time to do so. I didn’t know a lot about Aaron Swartz before his death. I’d read about him ‘stealing’ millions of JSTOR…

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Libraries as software - dematerialising, platforms and returning to first principles

  Ever since I read Marcus Westbury’s article about Renew Newcastle, Cities as software, last year I’ve been thinking about how the concepts he writes about can be applied to libraries.  For those who are less text-centric, Westbury also gave a talk at Tedx Newie. Cities as software…

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You need an R&D culture, not an R&D department

  A couple of weeks ago, a tweet popped up in my feed just begging for a click-through: Yes. A thousand times yes. @adr "Libraries need their own R&D Departments." http://t.co/7yHtZKsS…— Gillian Byrne (@redgirl13) February 27, 2012 What Gilliian was so…

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How do you measure the rate of mind expansion?

Gardening and the library No, I’m not talking about weeding. Anyone can plant some seeds and grow something - but the appetite for gardening advice in the form of books, TV shows, magazines, websites, clubs and nursery staff continues to grow just as surely as backyards shrink.  Imagine telling…

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