The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution [Review]

The Transformed Library: E-Books, Expertise, and Evolution by Jeannette Woodward My rating: 4 of 5 stars My Review: It is a sobering read about the future of libraries, especially the section on academic libraries and how university administrators’ view us. And how most of our efforts to create and articulate value fell short because we are missing the point. She made observations about initiatives and projects libraries embarked on and how there are more misses than hits. Her observation about how social media engagement in libraries is done without true commitment rings true in my own library. She isn’t gloomy about Continue Reading

Getting Organized in the Google Era by Douglas C. Merrill and James A. Martin

This post contains my thoughts after reading Getting Organized in the Google Era by Douglas C. Merrill and James A. Martin This is a book about personal information organization. It is about managing the information floating around us and our brains’ inability to contain it all without some help. A lot of Amazon reviewers’ complaints about this book was Merrill’s personal anecdotes about how he coped with information overload during his girlfriend’s terminal illness. I thought this differentiated him from the rest of the pack. Most personal organization books are quite matter-of-fact and cover mostly business or normal family activities. Continue Reading

Information Management Possible? by Alan Flett

This post is about this article I read: Flett, A. (2011). Information Management Possible? Business Information Review, 28(2), 92-100. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org.ezlibproxy1.ntu.edu.sg/10.1177/0266382111411066 on 2 September 2011. (you need to be a NTU staff or student to access full text from this link). I enjoyed reading this article perhaps because it was timely and relevant for a project that I have been agonizing over how to start. I seldom feel helpless but this one is like “where do I even begin?”. Before I proceed, a summary by the author. Author provided abstract Information Management often goes awry in organizations due to Continue Reading

Digital Consumers: Re-shaping the Information Profession by David Nicholas and Ian Rowlands

This post is on this book: Nicholas, D., & Rowlands, I. (2008). Digital Consumers: Re-shaping the Information Profession. London: Facet. The title seems to convey the hope that by understanding the digital consumer, we can re-invigorate the library profession and perhaps avoid certain demise. Or at least that was my intention when I picked up this book. David Nicholas made a few concluding remarks in the last chapter “Where do we go from here?” and I have some thoughts about them: Live with the prospect of constant change As consumers are the drivers of change, this entails getting very close Continue Reading