The Origin Story
This was an experiment conducted by Curtis Michelson of Minds Alert in mid-2020 while helping one of his clients explore future strategic opportunities. Our operative hypothesis - we could accelerate the sprint teams by inserting Gary Price of infoDOCKET and ARL Day-In-Review, as a just-in-time resource. It worked. Teams found the "Gary Scans" immensely timely and helpful. The kernel of the INFOdjs started there.
We now support innovation consultancies who work with Fortune 500 clients. Whether we are doing scans for design sprints, or just helping you craft a solidly researched white paper, the DJs have honed a unique proprietary process powered by a global team of librarians and researchers that gets you reliable insights quickly.
Why INFO DJ
Gary and Curtis first met in 2016 at the American Library Association conference in Orlando, FL. They knew a few things right away - they were nerds for innovation, information gathering and for all things music. In fact, being born just months apart, they appreciate many of the same bands and music genres. From Steely Dan to Kate Bush, and of course all that music metadata! They chat incessantly about the nuances of Stanley Clarke's bass slapping techniques and Bernard "Pretty" Purdy's shuffle beats.
When not chasing down the latest breaking news from a trade publication or curating from vast stores of academic databases, Gary and Curtis are likely playing "name that tune" to see who can nail a song in the fewest notes. Truth told, Gary almost always wins. Even though Curtis is a drummer and former music student, Gary was once upon a time a radio DJ.
For all these reasons, the name INFO DJs seemed about right.
Yes, we are nerdy, and a fun, too!
Bringing 25 years of library science and academic research experience, Gary is delighted to serve the global innovation community with the 'news they can use'.
He is the author of the 2001 book "Invisible Web", curator of ARL's Day In Review, creator of INFOdocket and a frequent commentator on issues of search, open access and the enduring role of libraries in the information age. Gary has a library science degree from Wayne St. University located only blocks from the legendary West Grand Boulevard home of Motown Records.
His abiding interest is to index and share the vastly under utilized open data and trustworthy information hidden in plain sight.
For over 15 years years, Curtis has been helping clients to envision and build more impactful and innovative products, services and business models.
In his own words, "as innovators, we must quickly identify and connect relevant trends, learn just-enough about some technologies and then spot some emerging business trend or design pattern. In a word, we all need lean research that we can fold into our design sprints."