UNC - Reflection on libraries of the future


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Presentation made to the University of North Carolina Librarianship Summer School at University College London, 24th May 2010

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UNC - Reflection on libraries of the future

  1. 1. Libraries of the Future <ul><li>Chris Batt </li></ul>
  2. 2. “ If we did not have libraries, would someone invent them?”
  3. 3. Once upon a time, a librarian Director of Cultural Services Libraries Museum and archive Performing arts and cinema Parks and open spaces Sport Who was I?
  4. 4. 1991 - First public access to the Internet
  5. 5. Once upon a time, a librarian Director of Cultural Services 4,300 public libraries 20,000 terminals ($150m) 30,000 library staff trained ($30m) $75m to create digital services www.peoplesnetwork.gov.uk Director of People’s Network Programme Who was I?
  6. 6. Once upon a time, a librarian Director of Cultural Services New strategic government agency www.mla.gov.uk Director of People’s Network Programme Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Who was I?
  7. 7. Occasional consultant Who am I now?
  8. 9. Occasional consultant PhD student Modelling the value of public knowledge in a networked world Chrisbatt.wordpress.com/ Who am I now?
  9. 10. Libraries, Museums, Archives Universities, colleges, schools Roles and responsibilities Relationships Architectures Value flows Status in public policy Public service broadcasters Government agencies Third sector Knowledge Institutions in 2050
  10. 11. Describe the current ecology What are external factors? Model public knowledge ecosystem Use future studies techniques to develop shared view of future possibilities Knowledge Institutions in 2050
  11. 12. What should the world you will inhabit look like?
  12. 13. Is there a problem? Yes and no
  13. 14. Looking forward, not backwards Willing to try new ideas Adopted and adapted to technology UK public libraries
  14. 15. Widely accessible Highly successful Valued by the public Good track record of technological innovation UK public libraries
  15. 16. BUT
  16. 17. Skyline STATUS QUO PLUS
  17. 18. Competition Amazon/Abe iTunes On demand Wikipedia Google Technology On the move Social networking eBooks Bandwidth Aggregation Public Policy Learning Knowledge economy Globalisation Funding pressures Society Fragmentation What is culture? Web has the answer 24/7 STATUS QUO 2.0
  18. 20. PRIVATE SECTOR media, retail, music industry PUBLIC SECTOR Reports, pipes, institutional juggernauts THIRD SECTOR social networking and influence Digital determinism
  19. 21. “ We cannot be sure that someone born at the beginning of the 21 st century will have any particular nostalgia for a paper book” Digital determinism
  20. 22. Fragmentation Disintermediation Participatory culture Digital determinism
  21. 23. Digital determinism
  22. 24. “ Megaphones of informal learning” Martin Bean Knowledge sector competition
  23. 25. When were libraries last a big ticket issue? What is the public value? What is the elevator pitch? Always depends on political choices and priorities Money plus incentive DIGITAL BRITAIN Technology for all Fast broadband Job done End of story Public policy
  24. 26. The future value of libraries depends on much more than their relationship with technology Citizens and technology Other knowledge institutions Status within information society policy
  25. 27. Public good value not recognised Lack of national coherence Private sector creep Failure to plan for change Immediate risks
  26. 28. “ If we did not have libraries, would someone invent them?”
  27. 29. Tipping point or tripping point?
  28. 30. Public policy priorities Long-term social value Sustainable model Skills and competencies www.aabk.dk
  29. 31. 1. From technician to strategist From evolution to revolution
  30. 32. Networked library Community place of encounter <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>agency </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>X
  31. 33. 1. From technician to strategist 2. Define the current strengths From evolution to revolution
  32. 34. Knowledge and creativity Learning for life Network and brand potential Knowledge management Community interface
  33. 35. 1. From technician to strategist 2. Define the current strengths 3. New partners, new approaches From evolution to revolution
  34. 37. NEW PARTNERSHIPS Your Paintings Public Catalogue Foundation
  35. 38. 1. From technician to strategist 2. Define the current strengths 3. New partners, new approaches 4. USP – serious, but sexy From evolution to revolution
  36. 39. Melding new relationships Social change and social need Has status within public policy A collective narrative
  37. 40. 1. KNOWLEDGE: the raw material of the future Economy development Personal well-being/happiness Creativity and imagination Social capital Discovery and understanding A collective narrative
  38. 41. 1. KNOWLEDGE: the raw material of the future Education is not enough Informal learning is lifelong Learning to cope and survive Learning just for fun 2. LEARNING: the engine of progress A collective narrative
  39. 42. 1. KNOWLEDGE: the raw material of the future Content first, institution second New approaches to delivery Inclusion and special needs 2. LEARNING the engine of progress 3. Knowledge must be presented to meet people’s learning needs A collective narrative
  40. 43. Leaders of the wider knowledge sector A mission break down barriers to access Defining, managing, mediating Integrating knowledge and learning into everyday life, everyday! From librarian to knowledge warrior
  41. 44. THE POST-DIGITAL WORLD The technology is invisible
  42. 45. The barefoot knowledge warrior Wisdom/madness of the crowd Knowledge policy driving government IMAGINING THE POST-DIGITAL FUTURE Shared mission and values Inter-institutional architectures
  43. 46. Thank You <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.chrisbattconsulting.com/resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/Chris_Batt </li></ul><ul><li>chrisbatt.wordpress.com </li></ul>
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