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WilsWorld Conference 2007–Snippets July 27, 2007

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Andrew Pace From keynote speaker,  Andrew Pace (NCSU):Andrew PaceAndrew Pace
2.0 is all about better, faster, cheaper–better Internet, better interfaces.  Yet libraries failed to notice that even though the sky wasn’t falling,  it was changing color all around us.  Libraries need to “get on the bus or get off at the next stop” NOW.

Library 2.0

  • Do good better–online catalog, semantic web
  • Give people what they want–self check-out, personalized service, better spaces
  • Be where the user is–RSS, MySpace, instant messaging, SecondLife,FaceBook
  • Make it more efficient–Self check-in, RFID, mass digitization, RDF, FAST(Faceted Access to Subjet Terms),
  • Rinse and Repeat

See Pace’s complete presentation and others at his website.  This presentation and others from the Conference are also at the WilsWorld Conference website

Sharyn Heili

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Yes to Cookies in the Library July 20, 2007

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No Cookies in the Library – Classic Sesame Street

You can eat all the cookies you want in the Library today Cookie Monster, and drink milk, and read and listen to books and download music, and, and, and…  

Enjoy!   Sharyn Heili

Goals: Wisdom from Fortune Cookies July 9, 2007

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What today’s fortune cookie has to say about goals:

A goal is a dream with a deadline

Sharyn Heili

Creative Thinking: Better Solo Than in Teams July 8, 2007

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Recent research from the University of Indiana demonstrated that groups or teams came up with far less creative ideas together than when alone.   The University studied consumer choice involving a brand of soft drinks.   They asked individuals to come up with alternative brands after showing them one brand.  Alone the inidviduals came up with far more choices than when in a group.   

Do meetings make us dumber,  as the headline to the MSNBC suggests, or does our creative thinking really diminish when we are in team meetings?  Are we less effective trying to solve problems “thinking outside the box” in groups than alone? 

More research will likely give us the answers.   It will be interesting to watch, especially since businesses and libraries have been forming teams and touting their effectiveness.

I know that my best creative thinking comes while I’m driving in the car alone or in the shower, obviously very alone.  

Sharyn Heili