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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[…]

The New Cultural Economy

In his recent article for Prospect, Anatole Kaletsky argues convincingly that in order to secure victory in the forthcoming Election Labour leader Ed Milliband must articulate an intellectual strategy based on a ‘new model of global capitalism that has been evolving since the 2008 crisis.’

Kaletsky states that ‘the key characteristic of [Labour’s new] economic model should be collaboration between business and Government’. In his model, public service and enterprise are not at odds, but rather coexist along a spectrum of delivery which serves 3 long-standing left-wing principles: ‘public ownership or control of production, government provision of social services and redistribution of income to limit inequality’.

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If Steve Jobs Made a Museum

OK, let me get this out of the way from the beginning. I am not an Apple fanboy. I own an iPod, but I have never used a Macbook (I don’t trust anything that doesn’t have a DOS prompt). I have tried to avoid writing this post, but for some reason it just won’t go away.

Last month, Steve Jobs died leaving behind him a company whose projects have touched the hearts and changed the lives of millions of people. I never met the guy, and I know nothing about him other than what I have read in the press both before and after his death. And yet, the mythology is of a man who transformed the world of consumer electronics because of at least 4 fundamental qualities: […]