Hurray for Projects That Were Big Fat Failures
On October 26, there was a "track" at the recent Internet Librarian 2010 conference in Monterrey, California entitled "Innovation, Risk & Failure" that concentrated on library projects and initiatives that went wrong. I have noticed that libraries seldom talk about anything that failed, which is odd. Maybe there is a huge hidden library cemetery somewhere where all of those failed projects have been secretly buried never to be talked about again.
Years ago, I worked in a dot com in Toronto that was part of a larger enterprise with many Internet properties. We thought it was wonderful if 3 or 4 out of 10 projects succeeded and the failures were what were truly interesting because they taught us so much.
Anyway, here are the 3 posts from the Librarian in Black:
- Internet Librarian 2010: Fail! Learn! Share!
- Internet Librarian 2010: Learning from Failure
- Internet Librarian 2010: Failcamp