There always seems to be a lot of talk about ‘hope’ in relation to the take up of technology (and non-technology) ‘good ideas’ in libraries:
“LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hope that some of the friskiness of the techno-vanguard sifts into libraries at large.” Karen Schneider
Why is this? Why do I have to hope that our local library service will ‘get it’ (another oft used phrase)? Why do I have to hope that they will shift up a gear?
I can see all these fantastic ideas bubbling out there in the big wide world. They are exciting ideas, rethinking the ways in which we engage with our borrowers, and using relatively simple and inexpensive technologies to do it.
Yet I find myself impatient and frustrated by circumstances that mean that we have to find ways of ‘getting round’ our IT people. Any new ideas that are mentioned are greeted with an exclamation of “IT will never let us do that”. I’m tempted to ask why this might be, but I can also a hazzard a few guesses at the answer! Is this just our organisation? Does this happen to anyone else?
Of course this may be just me, reacting to local problems, and having a bit of a rant, but surely we need to do more than merely hope someone will get it…