Monthly Archives: July 2009

Unusual Economic Indicators

Apparently, Obama’s top economic adviser (Larry Summers) says the US is approaching the end of recession based on the number of Google searches for the term “economic depression.” This chimes with a story I read about a few months ago … Continue reading

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Future Files

Tweaked cover above for the new concise UK edition (nice) and a new cover for the second updated Aus/NZ edition (not so nice). I think I’m up to 15 editions now….

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Future of Public Libraries – Scenario Table

Here’s a table containing a summary of key characteristics. Again, it’s just a draft.

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Future of Libraries (Draft Scenario 1)

Scenario 1 Draft This is a world of distant thunder, where people have become alarmed about the health of the planet, especially the destructive effects of global growth and rampant consumerism. Following a series of highly destructive weather events, financial … Continue reading

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Future of Libraries (Draft Scenario 2)

Scenario 2 Draft In the beginning was the word and the word was good. But in the 1990s words became art supplies. Visual thinking had emerged as the hallmark of a new culture and the purveyors of mere words began … Continue reading

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Future of Libraries (Draft Scenario 3)

Scenario 3 Draft This is a world of bewilderment. An anarchic world where nobody is quite sure what’s going to happen next. It is very much an event-orientated world where the latest gadget, real estate boom, health scare or terrorist … Continue reading

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Future of Libraries (Draft Scenario 4)

Scenario 4 Draft This is a world of restless hypertext and universal access. Global economic growth, primarily driven by Asia, results in an expansion of digital connectivity and an explosion of digitalised information. It is a fast-paced world of global … Continue reading

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Future of Libraries

Tweak to the matrix. As Oliver pointed out an axis based on low to high technology change doesn’t work because high technology change is a given. I can imagine one scenario where it isn’t but not two. This can be … Continue reading

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User Filtered Media

This is from the London Paper — a free commuter paper. The idea is for readers to comment on whether they want to read more from particular readers. Good idea. But what if the idea was applied to journalists? What … Continue reading

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