Environmental Scan, Arnold Hirshon
The article, Environmental Scan (Arnold Hirshon), provides a comprehensive overview of library trends and developing technologies. This short summary highlights several ideas that “jumped off the page” for me in various issue areas.
Hirshon’s introduction cites Saffo’s rules for forecasting and Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns, both worthy of memorializing here. Economic and social issues includes rising costs and budgetary concerns (pre-2009 market crash), Generation Y attributes, and privacy and personal data security issues (pre-Wikileaks and pre-Snowden NSA surveillance leaks). Updating this section in light of events since its original publishing would change considerably the focus of the article, even as it changes our outlook going forward. The technology issues section considers the shrinking size and falling cost of computer memory and postulates resulting developments. It foresees the falling cost of personal computers and the shift to mobile technologies. It accurately predicts the rising popularity of social networks and gaming technologies. The education section accurately predicts the rise of the “open movement,” more commonly referred to today as the MOOC education delivery technology. Information content predicts the rise of e-books and digitization of information resources. Finally, the library leadership section predicts the evolution of the library platform from a purely collection function to an advocacy for information access and space management function.
OCLC Systems and Services The system development life cycle and digital library development, H Frank Cervone
The system development life cycle and digital library development article by H. Frank Cervone describes a process that follows very closely the standard methodology for project management. It outlines the eight phases of the system development life cycle, details the go/no-go decision points at critical junctures in the process, and clarifies the end products/outcomes that makeup the knowledge management core of the project enterprise. Knowing this process and its vocabulary and how it applies in a general and universal way is key to ensuring project success for any type of undertaking.