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The library of the future - CILIP WM AGM

  1. 1. The library of the future Phil Bradley Vice President, CILIP
  2. 2. Where I’m coming from: <ul><li>Libraries should be judged by their overall relevance to their community </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly evolve </li></ul><ul><li>People are the enabling factor, not technology </li></ul><ul><li>If we do nothing, we will be left with low margin services no-one else wants to provide eg Post Office V FedEx </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries are about information in all formats </li></ul>
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  4. 5. Libraries as a place <ul><li>Gathering place </li></ul><ul><li>Haven of creative ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Solitude </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Education/Training </li></ul>
  5. 6. Westbury-sub-Mendip library kiosk
  6. 7. 24/7 browsing: books, national art, d/l digital audio & video Files. Featuring seats with iPads and 14 lounge chairs. August 2010
  7. 8. Nashville Public Library airport branch library 1962
  8. 9. Polk County Florida. Vending machine books via library swipe card
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  12. 13. Libraries as a service <ul><li>Focal point for community activity </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast studio </li></ul><ul><li>Video studio/local television </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual </li></ul><ul><li>Gamer </li></ul><ul><li>Fitness </li></ul><ul><li>Art/drama </li></ul>
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  14. 16. NGD 2010 stats <ul><li>Number of libraries registered to participate: 1,882 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of libraries that submitted # of players for NGD activities: 787 </li></ul><ul><li>Total number of players for NGD activities: 26,504 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of libraries in the national Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament (simultaneous): 47 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of libraries in the national Rock Band High Score tournament (asynchronous): 40 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of non-US libraries that participated (that we know of): 5 (Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, South Korea) </li></ul>
  15. 17. Become a publisher!
  16. 18. Or ePublish
  17. 19. Or use
  18. 20. Or loan eReaders?
  19. 21. Audio devices
  20. 22. Kindle lending libraries
  21. 23. Create apps
  22. 24. Or create videos
  23. 25. And provide facilities to make them
  24. 26. Photography
  25. 27. Local television stations?
  26. 28. Community hub
  27. 29. Or Radio station?
  28. 30. While we’re talking sounds... Battle of the bands. Oldham Library
  29. 31. Or Webcasts?
  30. 32. Guiding resources
  31. 33. Trailmeme
  32. 34. Jogtheweb
  33. 35. Bookmarking services
  34. 36. Be a reputable social network source!
  35. 37. Social media = search
  36. 38. Facebook as a search engine?
  37. 39. Go to where the conversations are!
  38. 40. Librarians <ul><li>Perhaps confirm quality of data in community based reports? </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations knowledge brokers. Constantly making new connections </li></ul><ul><li>At the centre of the value chain, helping identify & closing gaps in organisational knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>A change agent </li></ul>
  39. 41. So how do we get there? <ul><li>Libraries and Digital: Research into the use of digital media in libraries to develop audiences for reading </li></ul><ul><li>The Reading Agency </li></ul>
  40. 42. Barriers to a digital offer <ul><li>Funding is the biggest issue </li></ul><ul><li>A lack of staff skills and time is a major barrier to engaging users online </li></ul><ul><li>Councils are restricting libraries’ digital activities </li></ul><ul><li>Poor public awareness and problems with computer access are slowing take-up of digital services </li></ul>
  41. 43. Issues <ul><li>1.8% of library authorities have a digital media/reading strategy in place </li></ul><ul><li>Library rating of user awareness is 1.9/5 </li></ul><ul><li>13.1% of library authorities have a separate website for young people </li></ul><ul><li>12.1% of PCs in children’s areas have a home page that is child friendly. The rest default to the adult page </li></ul>
  42. 44. More issues <ul><li>Library staff average rating of their confidence in handling social/digital media is 2.2/5 </li></ul><ul><li>49.5% of library authorities do not have designated staff responsible for social/digital media </li></ul>
  43. 45. 2 quotes <ul><li>“ The librarian must be the librarian militant before he can be the librarian triumphant.” Melvil Dewey </li></ul><ul><li>“ Librarians must be like Krishna! And descend into the world to combat ignorance!” S.R. Ranganathan </li></ul>