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July 5, 2019

Shortly after its establishment in 1970, researchers at Xerox Parc invented the personal computer, complete with graphical user interface, windows, icons and a mouse. Yet, Xerox completely failed to successfully market and sell the personal computer and is still today known for making photocopiers and mainframes. In 1975, an employee at Kodak built the first digital camera. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy, having had its photographic film business disrupted by competitors invested heavily in promoting the “new” technology of digital photography. So why do large organizations (including academic institutions) fail to evolve with the times? And what is your strategy for supporting evolution and innovation in your organization? How do you adapt to and benefit from change and new ideas?

In 2018, Athenaeum21 was commissioned to conduct an environmental scan of how and why digital strategies in a range of organizations succeed, and also why they “fail.”

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May 15, 2019

Client: New York University Division of Libraries

Project: Strategic Visioning & Alignment (2018-19)

In November of 2018, Athenaeum21 (A21) began working with the New York University Division of Libraries (DoL) to align the organization to its stated mission and values, and to uncover its longer-term aspirations. Continuing through April of 2019, the work focused on organizational discovery and alignment as well as identifying and designing shared criteria for prioritization of work. The work was intended to deepen the conversation among the DoL staff about setting and meeting their strategic goals within the context of foreseeable trends in education and research libraries. Both the activities and outcomes of this work are intended to inform the thoughtful design of administrative structures, decision-making criteria, and a communications plan that will empower staff to respond confidently to oncoming trends, challenges, and opportunities.

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December 4, 2018

Members of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) can find Athenaeum21 (A21) at the Fall Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information, on December 10 and 11 in Washington DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Athenaeum21 co-founders Christine Madsen and Megan Hurst will be presenting two project briefings at the conference: "Are Digital Humanities Projects Sustainable? A Proposed Service Model for a DH Technology Infrastructure" (Monday, December 10, 2:30-3:15 PM, Session 1.8), and "Technology is not the Answer. Why Digital is not the Most Important Aspect of Your Digital Strategy" (Tuesday, December 11, 9:00-9:45 AM, Session 5.2). Not attending the conference? You can still follow the trending topics being addressed via the conference Twitter hashtag at #cni18f on December 10 and 11.

If you are at the conference, or just in the DC area, and would like to meet up for a complimentary Athenaeum21 consultation on how we can help you get y...

December 4, 2018

Attendees at the Library Assessment Conference can find Athenaeum21 (A21) on December 5-7 in Houston, TX at the Westin Galleria Houston.

On Friday, December 7, from 9:45-11:00 AM, Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Deputy Executive Director Sue Baughman and Athenaeum21 co-founders Megan Hurst and Christine Madsen will present an update on ARL's Research Library Impact Framework, one result of the 2017 ARL Assessment Program Visioning Task Force's work. Not attending the conference? You can still follow the trending topics being addressed via the conference Twitter hashtag at #LAC18 on December 10 and 11.

If you are at the conference, or just in the Houston area, and would like to meet up for a complimentary Athenaeum21 consultation on how we can help you get your most important priorities accomplished in 2018 and beyond, contact us here, or send a Twitter direct message to  @A21_US. We would be happy to discuss your needs and our capabilities!

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October 9, 2018

Athenaeum21 is pleased to announce the publication of the book Digital Preservation: Preparing for a Sustainable Future. Athenaeum21 co-founders, Christine Madsen and Megan Hurst, authored the book’s chapter “Digital Preservation Policy And Strategy: Where Do I Start?” The chapter is based on the authors’ extensive experience leading digital preservation projects in multiple contexts, and their intimate understanding of the obstacles and pitfalls that confront all organizations trying to successfully establish digital records management, digital archive, and digital preservation initiatives.

Digital preservation policies should be designed in such a way that they will actually be used and referred to.

“As organizations of all types increasingly create, collect, and disseminate collections of digital data and information, preservation policies and strategies are more important than ever. While information and data preservation have historically been, and...

January 3, 2017

It's a new year, and the holidays provide a break for perspective and assessment of what's important, what we've accomplished in the previous year, and, also perhaps more importantly, what we didn't accomplish and why. When we don't meet our goals, whether they are personal or organizational, it's usually because 1)  they were not ultimately that important, so we let them slide down our lists of priorities, or 2) they were very important, but also difficult (or perhaps even thorny!).  The words of one of our favorite clients have stuck with us over the last year, so we decided to make it the focus of our 2017 New Year's card: "Important work is never easy. If it were easy, it would be done already." True, indeed!

For the important but difficult goals, difficulty can come from not having one or all of the following three factors: 1) time, 2) resources, or 3) knowledge. If one or all of these obstacles kept you from accomplishing your most important goal...