Peeking out the porthole window

I’ve spent some time this week looking at ARL’s Envisioning Research Library Futures project, and am intrigued by the idea of using scenarios that venture well beyond the library walls, in order to provoke discussion about what our institutions will look like in the future. In fact, the importance of staying abreast of what’s going on in the larger community was a point that was made in the July 2010 webcast for the project.

This got me thinking about my favorite resources for staying on top of what’s what outside of the library and archives world. I thought I would share two:

  • Above the Fold: this is our own weekly awareness newsletter for analysis of issues that are around us and impact us, but that we may not normally notice. Jim is the usual commentator, although we all get a chance to engage periodically. This is not a shameless plug! It really is a favorite and you should check it out.
  • O’Reilly Radar, it’s not as much about publishing as you would think, although electronic publications trends are certainly a frequent topic. Recently there has been a lot of conversation about open government and also on managing data. (Big data. I mean really big data.)
  • In the relatively new year I’d like to expand my list. What are your suggestions for outside reading?

    And, getting back to where I started, how many of you have used the ARL scenarios for internal planning?