Slidecast of David Lewis’ “Collections Futures” Talk

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At the 2010 Annual RLG Partnership Meeting, David Lewis (Dean of the IUPUI University Library) gave a talk entitled "Collections Futures". I've followed David's ideas since we crossed paths a few years ago; his ideas on applying Clayton Christensen's disruptive innovation theories to libraries ring true to me. This presentation is in part an update on his earlier work on this theme and an expansion to include new ideas from Clay Shirky and John Seely Brown.

With David Lewis' permission and in keeping with the Creative Commons license he used to publish the work, I have synchronized his slides and the audio recording using That effort is embedded below and is available on the Slideshare site.

A couple of notes on the conversion.

  • Slides 17-24 are out-of-sync with the audio recording. The speaker flipped through the slides quickly and enforces a minimum of 10 seconds per slide. The slides catch up to the audio at slide #25.
  • did not convert the graphs on slides 67, 68 and 69. Snapshots of those slides are included below:

The sources listed on the second to last slide are:

Clayton M. Christensen, Jerome H. Grossman, and Jason Hwang, The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, New York : McGraw-Hill, 2008.

Clayton M. Christensen, “The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care” (video), May 13, 2008, MIT World, Available at:

John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison, “Measuring the forces of long-term change: The 2009 Shift Index,” Deloitte Center for the Edge, 2009. Available at:

John Hegal III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves Smartly Made Can Set Big Things in Motion, New York: Basic Books, 2010.

Lewis, David W. “A Strategy for Academic Libraries in the First Quarter of the 21st Century.” College & Research Libraries 68(5):418-434 September 2007. Available at: and [Note: Links changed to point to updated locations]

If you are interested in more sources about applying Clayton Christensen's theories to higher education in general and libraries in particular, see the Christensen in Higher Education Zotero group library.

My gratitude to David Lewis for sharing his thoughts and for allowing me to make them more accessible.