Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Michael Porter and Library Renewal

I was quite impressed with Michael Porter's interview and call-to-action in the current issue of American Libraries.  In the article "Libraries and the Future of Electronic Content Delivery," Porter clearly defines the threats and opportunities for libraries. 

Libraries either figure out new ways to be major players in a world where electronic content accounts for 85%–95% of content access (reading, research, music, and multimedia) or we become antiquated institutions that our local communities are less and less willing to support. - Michael Porter

He then describes how Library Renewal, a "think and do tank," will focus on the follow three key areas: research, relationships, and outreach.

I certainly hope that Library Renewal focuses on more than just innovative ideas.   The pragmatic implementation of solutions is absolutely critical for the future of libraries.

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