Category Innovation

Recommended Reading for New and Not-So-New Librarians

I came across this post from Carl Grant on Sunday and felt like it was serendipity – the semester is almost over and on Saturday I had posted that it was time start working on my summer reading list. Carl talks about his encounter with a stranger in an airport and using her remark that librarianship is […]

Set the World on Fire – Innovating Libraries

This is am much delayed posting of a keynote I delivered at the Colorado Association of Libraries conference in Keystone last October. The theme of the conference was Ready, Set, Go! Innovating Colorado Libraries. Set the World on Fire, keynote, Colorado Association of Libraries from Bobbi Newman References Rogers, E. M. (2003).  Diffusion of Innovations, New York: Free Press.

TechSoup Global Contributors Summit Notes

Last week I had the honor of attending the TechSoup Global Contributors Summit. When I received the invitation from Sarah at TechSoup for Libraries I knew I had to go for several reason including escaping the echo chamber and it was at the Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley. :-) Some background about TechSoup: TechSoup is a nonprofit with […]

Even With the Sacred Printing Press, We Got Erotic Novels 150 Years Before We Got Scientific Journals. Clay Shirky talks about cognitive surplus in this Ted talk. Now it’s tempting to want to get the Ushahidis without the LOLcats, right, to get the serious stuff without the throwaway stuff. But media abundance never works that way. Freedom to experiment means freedom to experiment with anything. Even with the sacred printing press, […]

Checklist for Preventing Innovation – What Would You Add?

Watch the video, you really need to see the examples. My Anti-Creativity Checklist from Youngme Moon on Vimeo. From the Video Play it Safe. Know your limitations. Remind yourself it’s just a job. Show you’re the smartest guy in the room. Be the tough guy. Respect history. Stop the madness before it can start. […]

Life Lessons from Einstein

Follow Your Curiosity Perseverance is Priceless Focus on the Present The Imagination is Powerful Make Mistakes Live in the Moment Create Value Don’t Expect Different Results Knowledge Comes From Experience Learn the Rules and Then Play Better 10 Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn From Albert Einstein includes quotes and tips along with these lessons. […]

Want Innovation? Get Out of the Way

We hear a lot about innovation and change these days. Everyone is talking about it, every is doing it, or at least trying to. There’s a problem though, change and innovation require more than lip service. Declaring that you are innovative does not make it so. You know what I’m talking about, someone reads an […]


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