Session Proposal: Disruption in the Field

What are museums, libraries, and archives hired to do? Does this matter, and how does it differ from what they offer? I’ve recently been learning about Clayton Christensen’s work on disruption theory and it’s provoked some interesting questions about what job(s) people hire institutions to do. Here’s a link to a piece on the blog looking at technological disruption and change in the early telecommunications industry.

The theory comes out of the world of business methods, so why should we pay any attention to it at all? I think we should because of the broader implications that arise from it. The technology industry has been seeing an increase in disruption recently, and it looks like the effects are spilling over into other areas alongside the penetration of technology. I would like to take the time to think about what job museums, libraries, and archives are hired to do by their patrons and visitors, and if they face disruption by good-enough alternatives that might or might not be in the same business space (Wikipedia, Amazon, etc).

I’m by no means an expert on this, but I did attend a conference in Amsterdam on the topic as it relates to mobile computing. I’m interesting in seeing what people are worried about when it comes to possible replacements, or even if it is considered a problem.

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About cchelberg

I’m a Library Science masters student with a longstanding interest in technology, but a background in Classics. For example, I was initially interested in robotics, but I recognized my interests shifting in college and switched. I’ve gotten interested in metadata and journal publishing economics, not to mention privacy and copyright issues. I feel that the digital humanities will improve the ability of scholars to dig through data to come to more complex and relevant analysis on all issues.