Friday 3×3, 2/13/15

Happy Friday!

1.  Working on:  Today my dean’s reviews are due for several of our faculty’s tenure/promotion/retention files.  Reading these eloquent, detailed, and lively narratives from our faculty about their year (or years) is an incredible privilege. I’ve also been meeting with many of our faculty to get input on the ongoing and upcoming recruiting in Academic Services – and I’m happy that our engineering librarian recruitment is moving along nicely.

2.  Excited about:  Tools in development at Stanford that are bringing a new level of discoverability to geospatial data using Fedora, Hydra, and Blacklight to create earthworks (a variation on Stanford’s searchworks).   An introduction to this beta tool was an unexpected benefit of Thursday’s Data Studio Presents featuring Jon Jablonski (he’s director of Davidson Library’s Map & Imagery Laboratory at UCSB).   Jon also does research on how the ‘i-age’ changes space and place:  “What does it mean to ‘read the landscape’ when the our daily interactions with the landscape are constantly mediated by digital technologies?”  His recent talk on this is part of the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center’s fascinating series on Geographies of Place.

3.  Thinking about:  The “Global Simplicity Index” that calculates the cost of complexity (about 10% for big companies), and its sources (external, strategic, people, organisational, process and product).  As we revisit our own future strategies for Kennedy Library, it’s interesting to read that “the worst offender [contributing to unproductive complexity] was strategy….[If] people don’t understand what their business is trying to do…[s]enior managers can often spend four months out of every year in planning.”  Are good questions an antidote to complexity? Several library colleagues will be attending the upcoming Lean Summit next week:  “Lean practitioners live in a world of questions, seeking ideas and suggestions from every credible source.”

Have a great holiday weekend,