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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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August 1, 2018

Client: Concordia University

Project: Environmental Scan / What Makes a Successful Digital Strategy? (2018)

Concordia University selected A21 in April 2018 to research higher education institutions’ and industries’ digital strategies and approaches to managing digital transformation. The Concordia University Digital Strategy Committee was charged with creating a path-breaking digital strategy for Concordia University and has undertaken work “to determine what actions we need to take to become a next-generation university that embraces the digital reality of our students, faculty, researchers, staff and life in general.”

The committee charged A21 with conducting an environmental scan of how and why digital strategies in a range of organizations succeed, and also why they “fail.” A21 conducted a literature review, web review, and interviews with thought leaders and practitioners in digital transformation and digital skills-building in higher education, non...

Athenaeum21 (A21) is pleased to announce the public release of the “Digital Strategy Environmental Scan” report, commissioned by the Concordia University Digital Strategy Committee. The committee is charged with creating a path-breaking digital strategy for Concordia University and has undertaken work “to determine what actions we need to take to become a next-generation university that embraces the digital reality of our students, faculty, researchers, staff and life in general.”

Concordia University selected A21 in April 2018 to research higher education institutions’ and industries’ digital strategies and approaches to managing digital transformation. The committee charged A21 with conducting an environmental scan of how and why digital strategies in a range of organizations succeed, and also why they “fail.” A21 conducted a literature review, web review, and interviews with thought leaders and practitioners in digital transformation and digital ski...

December 5, 2017

Client: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Project: Strategic Visioning and Roadmap Development (2017-18)


 

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.

In 2017, A21 designed and led a large-scale quantitative and qualitative research project to review ARL’s existing library assessment program, services, an...

November 1, 2017

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December 12, 2016

Athenaeum21 is pleased to announce the public release of “Library Assessment Toolkit & Dashboard Scoping Research Final Report and Path Forward." The report is the culmination of a six-month research project in collaboration with the University Library of the University of California, Davis; the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford; and the Staats und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany. The research project examined  how libraries currently assess their resources and services, and areas of opportunity to streamline and visualize library performance through a common and customizable set of key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboard modules.

The research team interviewed library assessment leaders and practitioners across diverse institutions and geographies, and reviewed the current landscape of technology, tools, and services addressing their needs.

The report concludes that "the majority of library managers approach assessment an...

December 8, 2016

Athenaeum21's Dr Christine Madsen and Megan Hurst presented "Digital Preservation Policy & Strategy: Where Do I Start?" at December's  National Information Standards Organization (NISO) /  National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) joint virtual conference "Making Certain Digital Content is Preserved: Archiving Digital Resources,” curated and moderated by Jill O'Neill.

As publishers, libraries and museums increasingly create, collect, and depend upon digital data and collections, preservation policies and strategies are more important than ever. Digital preservation policies should be designed in such a way that they will actually be used and referred to and they should align with overall digital strategy. Madsen presented a simple framework for getting started (or re-started) on digital preservation in your organization.

 Dr Christine Madsen is co-founder and principal of Athenaeum21 Consulting, where she works with libraries an...