notes on information organizations

July 28, 2010

where libraries may be able to help the early career researcher

Filed under: information access, librarianship, social network — Frank Cervone @ 11:19 am

Researcher in a laboratoryThere is a short article in the most recent issue of JISC Inform that provides an interesting compliment to my last post. Although the article is not specifically directed at libraries, it points out some possible areas and ways librarians can become more involved in the day-to-day activities of early career faculty members. One of the findings of this study libraries need to consider is that early career researchers don’t use Web 2.0 tools to share their research. Instead they prefer face-to-face interactions and there are many different reasons for this. As these reasons are more sociological than technological, it probably doesn’t make sense to develop tools or systems that don’t cannot address the underlying social issues that are acting as an impediment to Web 2.0 tool use if we expect those tools to actually be used. Additionally, one of the major obstacles for early career researchers that do want to use Web 2.0 tools is that they are often unaware of what e-research tools are available to them.

Some of the recommendations in the report include making tools as intuitive as possible, having tools facilitate (as much as possible) “social” activities appropriate for the specific discipline, making security and data management of research data robust, easy to use, and portable from one institution/organization to another. Librarians can possibly get involved by also developing  “research toolkits” that list available tools, and those otherwise supported by the institution, for specific disciplines.


January 23, 2008

something a little different

Filed under: social network — Frank Cervone @ 12:31 pm

After a holiday break, it’s time to get posting again 😉 I found this article while browsing through my new content alerts for CIO magazine. While it is not directly related to the main topics I normally talk about, it is an interesting thought piece on how we can improve our organizations by being more appreciative at work. In many work environments, we have no problem expressing displeasure or talking about everything that’s wrong, but in the end that really isn’t very productive if we want to work in a place that we enjoy. Whether we feel inhibited by organizational norms or personal issues about what is appropriate behavior in the workplace, we’d all probably be better off if we just said “Thanks” more often.

November 9, 2007

trust and its potential effect on innovation

Filed under: innovation, social network — Frank Cervone @ 9:56 pm

While catching up on some reading, I came across an interesting interview with one of the authors of an article in the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge. In the original article about plumbers and their trust relationships, the authors found that while trust makes existing relationships more productive, it also has a negative effect. In this environment, strong trust relationships acted as a barrier to investigation of new possibilities that existed outside the domain of the trusted relationships. This is why it is so important for our social networks to be broad and widely encompassing. When they are limited, both personally and organizationally, they can act as an inherently limiting force in exploring new ideas and possibilities. Ultimately this has a negative effect on our own growth as well as that of our organizations.

April 28, 2007


Filed under: social network — Frank Cervone @ 3:59 pm

Hello and welcome to complexity and information organizations. The origin of this blog comes from my dissertation work on academic librarians and the influence their professional social networks have on their receptivity to innovation. In my study, I found that there is a clear relationship between the size of a librarian’s professional social network and their receptivity to innovation. However, not surprisingly, there were other factors that influenced their receptivity to innovation as well.

This blog is designed to be a catalyst for thought and discussion on the environmental forces, and the interactions of those forces, that are driving change in our world and how that affects libraries and information organizations. And hopefully, we’ll have some fun along the way as well.

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