Monday, August 08, 2005

Drucker, Change Leaders, Inc. v. 21 no8 (June 1999) p. 64-6+

Drucker, Change Leaders, Inc. v. 21 no8 (June 1999) p. 64-6+. This is an article by the great Peter Drucker. I must say that I am less than impressed.

What he writes sounds good. But I think it is muddied. It is hard to grasp points clearly other than that change will happen and that change is good.

OK, I agree with those ideas. But how do I do it? He gives somes suggestions but they are less than clear. I think this is due to the fact that is an abridgment of the Third Chapter of Management Challenges of the 21st Century. I should go and read the unabridged version when I actually have free time...)

I do adamantly disagree with one of his central points. Drucker writes, "You can't manage change. You can only try to stay ahead of it. To embrace tomorrow one must first abandon today" (p. 78).No, and as wrong as one can be. Change can be managed in some circumstances. I have done it. Further, one must not forget and ignore the past when moving forward. The past matters...

Shiyali Ramamrita is an Indian librarian who is also one of the biggest philosophers in library science. His five laws of library science are considered sacred by the majority of the library profession. These are 1. Books are for use. 2. Every reader, his book. 3. Every book, its reader. 4. Save the time of the reader. and 5. A library is a growing organism.

He wrote this in 1963. Even though technological changes have meant that books should be translated more liberally to mean information (Web, books, microformats, etc.), I think these rules still apply. I will not abandon the traditions of the library profesion. I will only find new and novel ways to make these rules more applicable today.

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