Semantics aside, I was happy to see some companies on the list such as Vine, Dropbox and Airbnb (although, some “controversial” names appeared – SF and the tech industry are a bit at odds these days, have you heard?). Vine is a bit of an addiction of mine. It’s like one big inside joke with the world. It’s like peering into the minds of strangers and realizing that we’re all totally strange. I’m also shocked at some of the videos people post – duck lipped selfies, twerkin, #scarecam, and crazy pranks…It’s also unfortunately full of spam and mean people. All that aside, let’s face it – things get funnier when repeatedly looped.
Some key takeaways from the FastCo list include connecting globally – this is perfect for what we’ve discussed so far with social media behaviors and new trends in digital media. Most of these companies are online and have a strong social aspect. Of course, building and sustaining global communities is perfect for a library setting. Community – that’s what we’re all about! Also, most of these innovations were based on amazing customer service and making products/services easier and better to use. Totally relevant in libraries. Think of how many rules in libraries hinder rather than inspire? (Related: just stumbled across this on Twitter via Brian Mathews – who would definitely make the top list for librarian innovators if Fast Co did that – Do Libraries Need a User Manifesto).
I didn’t have time to make a video – writing is faster for me than making a video – so I thought I’d include some vines I made at my job. Here are two videos of some interesting collections in our library: the materials workroom and the costume collection. These are all hands-on resources for the students to use. Materials can be taken from the workspace and are donated from local designers (fashion and interior). Costumes (1820s-present) can be circulated on campus for students to use in class presentations or to study construction and design details. I made this website on the costume collection for my 240 class at SLIS.