Open Platforms and the Anti-Fragile Library

Earlier this week I gave a short talk for IFLA's New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations webinar series. They had asked me to »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mission creep - a 3D printer will not save your library

So you think your library needs a 3D printer. You’re going to be modern, ahead of the curve, futuristic, not-your-mother’s-library. Congratulations. But why exactly »

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 this they tend to mean that »