Digital transformation isn’t just about choosing the right technologies. It’s about understanding the needs and capabilities of your organisation, developing a culture of curiosity and innovation and adopting an agile mindset to achieve your goal.
Success is about culture and culture is about people. Succeeding in today’s environment is about building the right team, embracing diversity as a core strength, nurturing talent and empowering your people to achieve their potential.
Many organisations are finding that in today’s environment, business models that have seen them through the past 50 years no longer work. Successful business development depends on understanding where and how you create value, for whom, and how this can translate into long-term sustainability.
Transformation and impact don’t happen by themselves. You need to know how to develop an effective data-driven strategy that combines clarity of purpose with sustained delivery and that treats ongoing disruptive change as an opportunity, not a threat.
Nick Poole is an exceptional leader with more than 20 year's experience of successful digital transformation and change in the culture and knowledge sectors. Nick has built an international profile and reputation, both as Chair of Wikimedia UK (the UK Chapter of the global Wikipedia movement) and as an expert adviser on new technologies, digital transformation and culture change for Governments, NGO's , funding agencies and leading culture-sector brands.
Reading the excellent post by Andy Tattersall, departing Chair of the CILIP Multimedia and IT Special Interest Group, I am struck not just by the transformation of our ‘digital landscape’ over the past 10 years, but how clearly it demonstrates that technology no longer moves in ‘generations’ or ‘hype curves’ but as an ongoing process Read more about New technology? No problem![…]
Good afternoon. I really appreciated this in Roly Keating’s introduction today – “if you put a library somewhere, wonderful things will happen to it”. Or to put it as one librarian put it to me, “if you put a librarian into an empty building, they will turn it into a library”. What makes a library Read more about Speech to the Living Knowledge Network Launch (03.04.2019)[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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’ve made a few moves during the course of my career which have involved assessing the strength of organisations and the opportunities that lie ahead of them, so I though it would be useful to capture some of the key elements that are useful to consider:
Read more about Assessing an organisation
This blog is cross-posted from the Collections Trust blog
Written 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. Read more about Why Culture must always be a Commons
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?[…]