Digital Leadership for Libraries
Draft Findings
SCL Seminar, June 2014
Horizon scanning Skills implications
Skills audit Ideas for action
Looking ahead: 5-10 years
• A long time in technology terms
• Iphone released in 2007 – now 500m sold,
1.5bn smartphones i...
Since we started this work…
• D-Wave launches first commercially available
‘quantum’ computer
• New York public libraries ...
Internet
• Internet speeds will continue to increase
• Mobile internet improving + cheaper devices =
greater accessibility...
Software / Hardware
• Computers and machines will have increasing
ability to carry out increasingly complex tasks
• MOOCs ...
E-books
• A core group who prefer printed books
• However, there is likely to be a general shift
towards e-books due to in...
Societal / Economic
• Text / reading will continue to be important
but video will become more important as
medium of info
...
Conclusions
• Significant technological change
• New opportunities: access to learning, streamlining operations,
access to...
Skills audit
Findings from the Skills Audit
• Responses given by 85 SCL members and 133 non-SCL
• Average self-rating for all skills qu...
Findings from the Skills Audit (2)
• Strong response around handhelds and tablets from non-SCL
respondents
• Large proport...
12 recommendations
Issue >> Evidence >> Ideas for action
So a big message is that in the midst of the
growth of digital, and the fast-changing digital
context, the unique role lib...
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5,400
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2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Physical visits p...
P is for Purpose
“That as in this institution,
special provision has been
made for the working classes,
by means of a free...
1 - Horizon scanning
KNOWLEDGE SHARING
2 – Sharing on SCL website
3 - Discussion with SOCITM re PSN
4 - Get organised around LMS renewal
5 - Wifi – compliance awareness
6 - Wifi – a bold national project
7 - Universal Credit – share the
learning
8 - E-book lending – who wants to
create the next Spotify?
9 - MOOCs – join one yourself!
9(b) - MOOCs – join one yourself!
10 - Computer Science Curriculum –
share existing learning
11 - Socio-economic profiling –
develop the skills
12 - Hosting groups and community
building – develop skills and share
Discussion
Digital Leadership for Libraries
Draft Findings
SCL Seminar, June 2014
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Presentation given to the Society of Chief Librarians at the Warwick Seminar 5-7 June 2014. Part of the digital leadership and libraries research being conducted for SCL by Shared Intelligence.

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  • SCL digital leadership - trends and recommendations slides June 2014

    1. 1. Digital Leadership for Libraries Draft Findings SCL Seminar, June 2014
    2. 2. Horizon scanning Skills implications Skills audit Ideas for action
    3. 3. Looking ahead: 5-10 years • A long time in technology terms • Iphone released in 2007 – now 500m sold, 1.5bn smartphones in total • DARPA driverless vehicle challenge in 2004 – a complete failure. But this year, Google announced driverless cars had driven 700,000 miles on US roads.
    4. 4. Since we started this work… • D-Wave launches first commercially available ‘quantum’ computer • New York public libraries Coursera pilot • Apple planning to announce an iHome operating system to manage smart home devices • Google makes public its driverless car prototype • Planet Labs announces plans to launch 130 ‘shoebox’ satellites • PWC predicts e-book sales overtake physical book sales by 2018
    5. 5. Internet • Internet speeds will continue to increase • Mobile internet improving + cheaper devices = greater accessibility • Internet transforming from something you ‘go on’ to something that is ‘just there’ • However: – Rural / urban divide will remain – Some people will continue to lack skills – Digital by default will exacerbate these pressures
    6. 6. Software / Hardware • Computers and machines will have increasing ability to carry out increasingly complex tasks • MOOCs – will mature and become more mainstream – what role for libraries? • Big Data – can libraries take advantage of this? • New types of hardware: – 3D printing – Robotics – Raspberry Pi
    7. 7. E-books • A core group who prefer printed books • However, there is likely to be a general shift towards e-books due to increasing proliferation of new devices • Challenge for libraries in negotiating new lending agreements across different publishers and formats
    8. 8. Societal / Economic • Text / reading will continue to be important but video will become more important as medium of info • Computing skills will become more important for personal enjoyment and professional success • Lifelong learning more important in a changing world • Yet there will continue to be a segment of society that is relatively deprived
    9. 9. Conclusions • Significant technological change • New opportunities: access to learning, streamlining operations, access to hardware. • But also major challenges – books will not disappear but now part of a much broader mix of information / entertainment media. • Counter-intuitive: digital reduces the need for physical space – but physical / local space is what libraries can do best. • Libraries need a vision for how to use digital services and what this means for the existing service mix. • Digital enables scale – more than ever there are strong practical reasons for some kind of national-level offer. • We have already seen a number of examples of where libraries are doing exciting things. A better platform for sharing and building on experiences is needed.
    10. 10. Skills audit
    11. 11. Findings from the Skills Audit • Responses given by 85 SCL members and 133 non-SCL • Average self-rating for all skills questions on our 1 to 5 scale was 3.38 for SCL and 3.25 for non-SCL • Non-SCL respondents rate themselves as more knowledgeable about technology than SCL group • ….and Non-SCL respondents find digital developments less challenging personally than SCL, but very high proportion of both groups see technology as exciting • Very high percentages of SCL members rate themselves as ‘very strong’ on experience of implementing team roles and structures – not so for non-SCL. • Understanding demand for digital services among those who rarely use library services, seen as a weak-spot across the board.
    12. 12. Findings from the Skills Audit (2) • Strong response around handhelds and tablets from non-SCL respondents • Large proportion of all respondents see themselves as weaker around knowledge of MOOCs, self-publishing, and WiFi regulations (although knowledge of WiFi functionality is stronger). • Also weak response (especially among non-SCL) across the board on knowledge of who in the local community cannot access the internet dues to cost or know-how. • Non-SCL respondents more confident in using social media and in supporting colleagues to do so. • On “Do you consider yourself to have a track record for stimulating innovation?” a higher proportion of SCL members than non-SCL felt this was a strength. • SCL did better in the picture round than non-SCL (contrary to earlier findings around knowledgeability)
    13. 13. 12 recommendations Issue >> Evidence >> Ideas for action
    14. 14. So a big message is that in the midst of the growth of digital, and the fast-changing digital context, the unique role libraries play is to enable physical and human connections with these digital technologies…
    15. 15. 4,000 4,200 4,400 4,600 4,800 5,000 5,200 5,400 5,600 5,800 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Physical visits per 1,000 people (UK) But there are challenges around connecting with users physically
    16. 16. P is for Purpose “That as in this institution, special provision has been made for the working classes, by means of a free lending library, this meeting cherishes the earnest hope that the books thus made available will prove a source of pleasure and improvement in the cottages, the garrets, and the cellars of the poorest of our people.” (Charles Dickens' speech at the opening ceremony of the Manchester Public Library, September 2nd, 1852)
    17. 17. 1 - Horizon scanning
    18. 18. KNOWLEDGE SHARING 2 – Sharing on SCL website
    19. 19. 3 - Discussion with SOCITM re PSN
    20. 20. 4 - Get organised around LMS renewal
    21. 21. 5 - Wifi – compliance awareness
    22. 22. 6 - Wifi – a bold national project
    23. 23. 7 - Universal Credit – share the learning
    24. 24. 8 - E-book lending – who wants to create the next Spotify?
    25. 25. 9 - MOOCs – join one yourself!
    26. 26. 9(b) - MOOCs – join one yourself!
    27. 27. 10 - Computer Science Curriculum – share existing learning
    28. 28. 11 - Socio-economic profiling – develop the skills
    29. 29. 12 - Hosting groups and community building – develop skills and share
    30. 30. Discussion
    31. 31. Digital Leadership for Libraries Draft Findings SCL Seminar, June 2014

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