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Have you been following the showdown of Google vs. Microsoft? To catch up, read NY Times reporter Steve LohrÂs article. Simply put the clash is the result of the continuing overlap of desktop computing and Internet services and software. ÂMicrosoft, of course, is the reigning powerhouse of computing and Google is the muscular Internet challenger. On each side, the battalions are arrayed: executives, engineers, marketers, lawyers and lobbyists. The spending and competition are escalating daily.Â
There are plenty of reasons to follow this clash but for librarians this morningÂs article by Lohr is food for thought about the future of our business. He covers the history of two corporate battles from the past, mass-market retailing and automobiles, and points out that historically the defining battle was for talent. What caught my attention was that he noted, ÂÂ
even more significant, those who came out on top, judging from history, had two more specific attributes. They were the companies, according to business historians, that proved able to adapt to change instead of being prisoners of past success.Â
Does that sound like the debate we are all having as we discuss the future of libraries? Libraries are in the process of redefining ourselves from repositories of books to ever-evolving community and information centers but according to OCLCÂs study, Perception of Libraries and Information Resources 2005, the public seems to still cling onto our old image believing libraries are synonymous with books not information. A great conversation would either be to talk about the people we see as our great talent in the library world or how you or your library have shed the chains of the past and moving forward to the future. Have fun- share your thoughts! If you don't want to write your comments here, e-mail them to me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org -Nancy
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Future of Libraries