I’m going to post four posts this weekend (if time allows), describing four possible research/writing projects. I think I could do one of these (or one per year) while still doing my best with PLN, C&I, “disContent,” “Crawford at Large” (in ONLINE), and leaving enough spare time to enjoy life…
But I’m really up in the air as to which one.
For each one, I have an informal score matrix, not very well filled out. I’m hoping that your feedback and superior wisdom (the hive mind? riggghht…) will help me make decisions.
- Level of effort (although all are in the 100 to 500 hour range, I think)
- Value added (what I more-or-less uniquely bring to the project)
- Upfront risk (money needed to bring the project to fruition)
- Value to the field (how much it’s likely to be worth to the library field as a whole)
- Monetary returns (how much, in filthy lucre, I’m likely to earn from it–including indirect earnings, e.g. particularly interesting speeches)
- Personal returns (how much I’d enjoy doing it).
Obviously none of you can speak to that last…
Each post will provide more details on one possibility; feedback is invited as comments on any post, comments here, email back to me, FriendFeed comments…
Here’s the list, in alphabetic order for want of any better:
- Balanced Libraries, Second Edition (incorporating Library 2.0 & “Library 2.0″)
- Blogging for Libraries – A replacement for Public Library Blogs and Academic Library Blogs but done in a very different way.
- The Liblog Landscape Revisited - Some differences in approach, but largely an one- or two-year update.
- Library as short-run publisher – A workshop and book on no-cost print-on-demand publishing for public (and academic) libraries, for their own purposes and to aid patrons (e.g., genealogists and others).
The fifth choice, of course, is “None of the above”–treat semi-retirement more seriously.
Once I’ve written the other posts, I’ll loop back and add links to the four items above.Done.
In the interests of a silly but amusing experiment, I am obliged to note that this post has nothing whatsoever to do with Kindle 2, Amazon, text-to-speech, 23 things or Authors Guild. It also has no specific references to Kansas or Nebraska.