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Discussion An interesting post from John Seeley-Brown and others

by Kathryn Deiss on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 09:36 am

Yesterday John Seeley-Brown and his partners John Hagel III, and Lang Davison posted "Measuring the Big Shift" on their The Big Shift blog at Harvard Business Publishing. Seeley-Brown and his partners created 25 metrics in nine categories to attempt to track progress across three different phases of transformation: Foundations, Flows (of resources, etc.), and Impacts.

There is a link to their Index for Measuring the Big Shift - the measurement of transformation as a result of digital technology changes, public policy changes, etc.

This report will also be summarized in the July-August 2009 issue of Harvard Business Review.

While this post and the Index and report it links to are focused on the corporate sector, there may be something we can learn from the content and the measures themselves.

Please share your thoughts about this report with us!


Discussion Big university libraries forced to make big budget cuts

by Kathryn Deiss on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:22 am

Over at Digital Koans, Charles Bailey is reporting on the deep cuts some university libraries are having to make in coming months.

How are library administrators managing these cuts? Who do they involve in the decision making process?

How is are positions and roles/work being redefined as these cuts are made?

Discussion What's going on on your campus?

by Kathryn Deiss on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 03:55 pm

Given the current economy, what is your library and/or campus doing to craft creative and forward looking strategies?

In March 2009, ACRL issued the ACRL Strategic Thinking Guide for Academic Libraries in the New Economy. Conversations on responding to emerging changes in the higher education and national scenes began at the 14th ACRL National Conference March 12-15, 2009. During the National Conference a panel session, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime: The 2009 ACRL Strategic Thinking Guide for Academic Librarians in the New Economy" responded to the questions and drivers found in the Strategic Thinking Guide.

ACRL has created this Connect Community where academic librarians and other interested parties can discuss, describe, and brainstorm strategies for creatively responding to the changing political, economic, and social environment. What questions will provoke breakthrough thinking? How can we capitalize on the disruptive environment to create innovation to transform libraries?

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