Rotterdam Talks

It's been a great two days in Rotterdam talking with folks at the DB Congres. For those in attendance here are the slides to my keynote and master class:

Keynote: Reality Check 2.010: 5 Trends Shaping Libraries & Digital Space

Masterclass: Creating a Culture of Innovation in Libraries


Columbus Neighborhoods

Yay! Columbus Neighborhoods is launching today and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s amazing to me how a casual lunch with a colleague can spark simple idea and three weeks later you’ve got a 34 page proposal outlining an amazing collaboration project between two great community organizations.
We didn’t get the grant that we applied for, but that didn’t stop us from moving forward. Sometimes ideas gain so much momentum that no matter what the obstacle is, you just find a way to make it happen.

So here it is… Columbus Neighborhoods, a community engagement portal celebrating Columbus’ rich neighborhoods. What make this project different from other community portal projects is that not only is content (images, videos & stories) contributed by the community, the community also has the ability to co-curate their own galleries from content contributed by others. It also integrates well into popular social media platforms.

WOSU Media is the Columbus Metropolitan Library's partner in this venture and I think we’re both thrilled with the results. In three months this project has moved from just a concept on paper to full blown web application that promotes community engagement on a large scale.

PS: Thanks Susan Meyer, WOSU Media for believing in this idea and collaborative partnership as much as I. Thanks Penny Phensuvabarp and Sam Davis at CML and Interactive Knowledge for your leadership and efforts in turning this idea into an amazing experience.


Thoughts on rewards of risk ...

I jotted this down in my ideas journal the other day ...

A risk management philosophy rewards planning
A risk taking philosophy rewards ACTION

What do you think?

2/25 addendum: ... and a risk aversion philosophy rewards avoidance.


Digital Media in a Social World talk

On my way out the door this morning to give my talk at DMSW event at OSU. Finally finished my slides. Here they are:


Social Media = Social Marketing

There’s a slide from a keynote I did three years ago that compared the Wikipedia definitions for the terms Web 2.0 and Social Media. Three years ago what was interesting to me was that the definitions for each centered on the human interactions of sharing and idea exchange (discussion and collaboration) and the change I noted then was that the terminology had merely changed. Web 2.0 had moved mainstream enough, that people needed a less geeky (& more meaningful) moniker to call it by.

But tonight, in updating my slides for my DMSW talk tomorrow, I discovered something much more interesting and I might add slightly disturbing. Take a look at the opening definition of social media now.* It’s no longer centered on human connections and conversation. The definition has taken on a definitive marketing slant and touts sm as the use of technologies to "transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many)." Yup, simply put, it seems that Social Media = Social Marketing.

Anyway, here’s my updated slide with a new comparison of the definitions.

I labeled this image file "scary.jpg" What do you think? Do you agree?

Related Posts: Social Media, Snake Oil & Community Gardens

* Wikipedia editors note that this article has multiple issues including references, validation and slants towards personal reflection. There's definitely a lot of discussion on this topic and it's easy to see why.

Abbey is pretty demanding ...

... but it's important to listen to her. Her library is not the library I grew up with ... it's better! (at least i hope)

Video for VALA 2010, Melbourne, Australia


Social Media, Snake Oil & Community Gardens

[Warning: A bit of a personal rant here ...]

On Saturday morning I'm doing a talk for the Digital Media in a Social World conference being held at OSU. And while this is a topic that I've talked a lot about in the last four years, I have to say that personally I've become a little numb to all the hype today that is around "social media."

For me, many of the conversations and conferences around this topic seem to turn into a snake oil salesman dance. There are too many born-again marketers who seem to preach the gospel of the Facebook and Twitter while not in the least understanding that social media networking has never been about the product, the brand or the message -- in fact, it's actually never been about "media" at all-- It's is and always is simply about an individual's influence and personal relationships.

Anyway, so I'm speaking Saturday morning -early - and dusting off a keynote I gave well over two years ago. I'll be updating it a bit, but I have to admit there are parts that I wish I could just completely throw out. The good parts that I like are about the Es the build and create relationships. The bad parts that I hate are the relatively few great library examples that I have to show the community garden approach.

So now that I've ranted a bit, I bet you're wondering what my talk is going to be about. It's quite simply this ... that in order for your organization to flourish you have to stop approaching social media as a field of dreams and realize that it requires an organizational willingness to open-up and actively support community relationships that want and desire to organize their own community gardens.

Related post: Web 2.0, Social Media ... What's Next?
PS: If you were planning on coming Saturday, then you already the cliff notes version of my talk.

PPS: Slides to be posted later. As usual, I'm working on these up until the last moment.


Top Twitter Libraries

Just a little interesting find from NFI Research, Top Public Libraries on Twitter

Here's the top ten from the list:

15,000+ Followers
1 New York Public Library, New York, NY

4,000+ Followers
2 Houston Public Library, Houston, TX

2,000+ Followers
3 Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
4 Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
5 Hennepin City Library, Minneapolis, MN
6 Cincinnati Library, Cincinnati, OH

1,500+ Followers
7 Austin Public Library, Austin, TX
8 Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
9 Boerne Library, Boerne, TX
10 Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, Presque Isle, ME

See the rest here.

PS: Happy to see my Library listed here :)


The Impact of Learning 2.0 - Research Study

It seems that a month doesn’t go by that I don’t get an email asking me about a survey, study or research that demonstrates the impact of the Learning 2.0: 23 Things program. Up until now, I’ve only really had a few resources to point them to, including my own survey of program coordinators. But thanks to the research of Michael Stephens and the folks at CAVAL, there is now something more substantial.

The Impact of Learning 2.0 Programs in Australia

Here is one of my favorite findings:

Full study findings here

Thanks Michael & CAVAL!



It's been awhile since I've seen a new social technology emerge on scene that looked like it had that "explosion potential". The last real time for me was Twitter (and for all you FB apps fans, sorry I don't count Farmville) and that was nearly three years ago.*

But Foursquare is different, because it creates a new take on social networking by through local-based gaming that adds in the elements of GPS tagging along with localized loyalty rewards. As David King also notes, this new technology is worth exploring.

If you haven't explored Foursquare on your own yet, here's a informational slide deck to get you start:

* According to my twitter trail, my start date on Twitter was April 14, 1997


Thought of the week ...

I wish I knew who to attribute this quote to, but the closest I can get is that is was shared at ALA Emerging Leaders session this past week in Boston.

“Leaders do not provide energy, they release it from others”

I've been thinking a lot of leadership philosophies lately and wondering how many people in management positions actually think about their own? From some recent conversations I've had with colleagues in the field, I've come to realize that it's not really thought about enough, which leads me to wonder two things ...

1) how can you truly lead if you don't know yourself well enough to have philosophy?

2) how can you expect others to adapt and flourish under your leadership style, if you don't know what it is yourself?

Over the past two weeks I've been rereading the L3 Leadership manifesto. I think there's a lot to this approach that focuses first on leading yourself. If you don't where to start in thinking about or identifying your own personal leadership philosophy, the manifesto's 34 pages walks you through a great series of small exercises that helps you better understand your leadership potential.

L3 Leadership Approach

  • L1—Leading Self: Total Life Leadership. Achieving personal mastery and work/life integration.

  • L2—Leading With Others: Creating and sustaining Collaborative Advantage.

  • L3—Cultivating The Best Place To Work: A culture of high engagement, retention, performance and productivity.”

Related posts:

L3 Leadership

My leadership motto

PS: Thanks Justin for blogging this & Karen for tweeting. Good stuff on a cloudy day to ponder and think about.


drooling ...

The images from the One Laptop Per Child's latest project, XO-3 has me drooling. Can't wait to see how this second refinement turns out.


Centers for Kicking A$$

Thanks Kathryn for highlighting this gem of twitter comment from Kathy Sierra. It's well worth the 2nd highlight :)

9 Top Posts for 2009

Google Analytics is a great free tool that can tell you a lot about the visitors and usability of your site. But to be honest, I really don’t take look at it or take advantage of it at all.

However, since I did add it to my blog a few years ago, I thought it might be interesting to see what posts in 2009 generated the most visits. Anyway, icyi here’s my top 9 for 2009:

  1. Future of libraries with or without books
  2. Future of Public Libraries
  3. Learning 2.0 Survey
  4. What’s your digital foot print?
  5. Future libraries in the networked world
  6. QR Tags Concept leadership
  7. Trendwatching: the ebook device race
  8. Finding the Phoenix: Ugame Ulearn Keynote
  9. Friday’s Thoughts – Learning

Happy 2010 !