Culture must always be a Commons

This is one of a series of re-posts from blogs I wrote between 2006-2012 since the site they’re on is about to be archived. This was originally published for the Collections Trust (http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk).  In case I haven’t already made it abundantly clear – I love museums, libraries and archives. I think that investing in professional Read more about Culture must always be a Commons[…]

Connecting research and practice in the Information Profession

There is a slide I use in most of my talks about the library and information profession that asserts that we are mid-way through a profound period of transition. Despite the continuity of values and ethics, we are moving away from a well-known, well-established ‘framework’ for the management and delivery of library and information services Read more about Connecting research and practice in the Information Profession[…]

Information Professionals and privacy – a model

Regular readers may be aware that my organisation, CILIP, has recently announced a UK-wide inquiry into the role of Information Professionals in protecting and promoting user privacy in an increasingly connected world. As part of this, I have been giving some thought to how best to define a functional model of the dynamics at play. Read more about Information Professionals and privacy – a model[…]

Assessing Local Authority budgets

For good or ill, our public libraries are intrinsically connected to the Local Authorities that fund and coordinate them. The challenges faced by libraries are less about a direct assault on libraries themselves and more a question of collateral damage arising from the twin policies of devolution and austerity. This being the case, the financial Read more about Assessing Local Authority budgets[…]

Using impact to engage stakeholders – Carnegie UK Trust discussion

I was recently invited by the Carnegie UK Trust to address a meeting of the Library Lab partners on the subject of “using impact to engage stakeholders in competitive environments”. These are the notes of my opening remarks for that session. Using impact in applied environments I think there are two main ways of looking Read more about Using impact to engage stakeholders – Carnegie UK Trust discussion[…]

I can’t ‘get with the programme’ if you don’t have one

A peculiar new feature of public discourse about the EU Referendum and Brexit is the emerging theme that people who voted to Remain in the EU should ‘stop whinging’ and ‘get with the programme’. To which I would reply, quite reasonably in my view, ‘exactly what programme do you think I should get with?’ I Read more about I can’t ‘get with the programme’ if you don’t have one[…]

Why Culture must always be a Commons

This blog is cross-posted from the Collections Trust blog

altWritten by: Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust

In case I haven’t already made it abundantly clear – I love museums, libraries and archives. I think that investing in professional communities who bring together and protect our shared heritage and make it available for use and enjoyment is one of the most important marks of an enlightened society. The future, after all, is made of everything that came before it, and our job as a profession is to defend the universal and inalienable principle that people must be free to benefit from their heritage. […]

Influence or evidence?

Some time ago now, I had the opportunity to go for dinner with two Baronesses. The conversation got round to the challenges of advocating for the arts, museums and libraries. “If you had to choose”, I asked, “between influence and evidence, which would you choose”. Both replied instantly and decisively, “Influence, of course. It doesn’t Read more about Influence or evidence?[…]

Building a successful online presence for libraries

The vision is pretty clear – people have gone online. They have become accustomed to beautiful products like Spotify or iTunes which use a tremendous amount of skill and engineering to mask complexity and offer a simple, seamless experience which drives repeated use. If libraries are to compete in a connected culture, we need one Read more about Building a successful online presence for libraries[…]