information flaneur

Everything I've written about innovation

Public libraries, research and a little bit of Redmond Barry

Things have been a little quiet here at It's not about the books, but over at In the Library with...

On relevance, standards and collaborative leadership

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed an absence of posts over the last few months. After a recent...

A failure of imagination - the problem with format neutrality

I often hear librarians promoting their ‘modern librarian’ credentials by saying “it’s about the information, not the container”.  By...

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...

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...

Return of the Coffeehouse: How to turn your library into an ideas factory

Recently I read Steven Johnson’s Where good ideas come from: the natural history of innovation.  It’s a fascinating...