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The impact of digitization on libraries, a talk for Swedish librarians at the 2013 'Future of the Library' conference.

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  1. 1. Paper and BeyondThe impact of digitization on library servicesElsbeth Kwant, 30 january 2013 Twitter: @ElsbethK
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  8. 8. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Koninklijke Bibliotheek9th century: first pictureof ‘Dutch’ people
  9. 9. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Technology1450’s: Invention of theprinting press
  10. 10. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Koninklijke Bibliotheek1798: Foundation of theNational Library
  11. 11. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Koninklijke Bibliotheek1980: Start LibraryAutomation
  12. 12. Koninklijke BibliotheekPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 KB webservice: 1993 - 1998: Gopher
  13. 13. TechnologyPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 1994 : First search engines
  14. 14. Koninklijke BibliotheekPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 KB webservice: 1994 - 1998
  15. 15. TechnologyPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 Google Beta 1998
  16. 16. Koninklijke BibliotheekPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 KB webservice: 1998-2002
  17. 17. TechnologyPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 2001: Launch of Wikipedia
  18. 18. 2002-2004Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012
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  20. 20. TechnologyPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 2007: Introduction Iphone, 2010 Ipad
  21. 21. Koninklijke BibliotheekPaper and Beyond 30-1-2012 KB webservice: 2009-?
  22. 22. 1980’s Start of Library Automation Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 Around 800: The first manuscripts in Dutch1798: Foundation ofthe KB 1477: The first printed book in the Netherlands
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  26. 26. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 1994: Decision to start an electronic deposit system Preserving the records of national textual heritage Preserving the records of international science
  27. 27. Paper and Beyond 30-1-20121995: First digitization projects2009: Decision to digitize ‘everything Dutch’Providing maximal access to researchers and the general public
  28. 28. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 2012: Decision to build a National Digital Library Coordinating library efforts in the Netherlands for academic and public libraries.
  29. 29. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on KB* Change of focus: from a hard-copy academic library with a focus on the Netherlands to a Digital National Library with a focus on researchers in ten years* We are playing a different ball-game: we plan to digitize 8 million pages this year. At such a scale you need a very professional organization, because mistakes have a great impact
  30. 30. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on front-office* Change of focus from visitors onsite to visitors online* Time spent on copyright issues and digital rights management has grown significantly* Patron-driven acquisition means we collect reference works for use not for preservation* Increased focus on value and efficiency
  31. 31. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on servicesWe see services as the place where our data meets peoples needs* Not necessarily KB-services anymore* Not necessarily webservices anymore (other platforms)* Sharing data with third parties to be part of the network that comprises the information landscape for users
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  33. 33. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Impact on servicesWe see services as the place where our data meets peoples needs* Not necessarily webservices anymore (apps)
  34. 34. We aim to open up our unmediated data to third parties (Europeana, The European Library, researchinfrastructures)
  35. 35. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012 We aim to open up our mediated data* to third parties (for instance through widgets) Mediated data = context All data that have required human effort to make: selections (exhibitions, thematic selections) & edited content (articles)
  36. 36. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Increased focus on valueValue of services in relation to:- Demand (Who’ll be happy if we do this?)- Strategy (How does it fit in with our general policy)- Cost-effectiveness (is the result worth the money)
  37. 37. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Increased focus on efficiency* Not a new website for every dataset, but a clear distinction between components:Dataset + application + look & feel = service* A yearly evaluation of all services
  38. 38. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Main goals* Creating a national platform for full-text discovery of Dutch books and periodicals (Searching in publications, full-text)* Letting users search for everything we can give access to (searching for publications, metadata)* Giving context and visibility to our collections through mediated content (specialized services, exhibitions, social networks)
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  41. 41. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012A Library = a library = a library?Similarity in form does not mean similarity in function:• Public libraries: focus on community value• Research libaries: focus on supporting research• Business libaries: focus on supporting business• National libraries: focus on archiving national heritage
  42. 42. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012A book = a book = a book?Similarity in form does not mean similarity in function:• Reference works• Fiction• Picturebooks (cookery books)- For most types of research hard copy books will become obsolete- For reading it depends on usability of devices
  43. 43. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Gartner’s Hype Cycle
  44. 44. Paper and Beyond 30-1-2012Knowledge is key to the future* Know what makes you unique* Stay curious about what’s happening around you* Combine these two to find your best road ahead* Once you’ve chosen it, don’t choose another too soon* It’s not about the technology but about the value for your users* Don’t try to predict the future, but make sure you can adapt to it.
  45. 45. Questions?Email: Elsbeth.Kwant@kb.nl - Twitter: @ElsbethK