Certain and Uncertain
by Brandi Scardilli
One of Benjamin Franklin’s famous quotes is, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But there are other things in life we can be sure about: If you want it to rain, you should wash your car; your phone battery will die the moment you realize you left your charger at home; and you can count on needing an important document the day after you shred it. All kidding aside, there is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now too. This month’s columnists and authors strike a healthy balance of both, but it’s always a given that Information Today will bring you the latest news from the digital information world.
On the certain side, Anthony Aycock’s feature describes the secret formula for helping libraries thrive: taking a page out of the McDonald’s playbook. Lauree Padgett’s In Other Words shares the best ways for organizations to go global by thinking local. And Thomas Pack’s LiteByte talks about the most powerful and influential organization in human history, period.
Uncertainty reigns in Nancy Herther’s feature on the Federal Privacy Council, which President Barack Obama established late in his second term. The new administration has been tight-lipped about its future. In We the People, George Pike examines the new leadership at the Federal Communications Commission and how it could affect Net Neutrality. And Internet Waves’ Shirl Kennedy isn’t sure she wants to undertake a complete digital detox regimen. Happy reading!