Library 911: Saving Libraries One Step at a Time (Part 2)

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lecture presented at PAARL's Summer National Conference on the theme "“Library Tourism & Hospitality: The Business of Endearing Philippine Libraries and Information Centers to Publics” (San Antonio …

lecture presented at PAARL's Summer National Conference on the theme "“Library Tourism & Hospitality: The Business of Endearing Philippine Libraries and Information Centers to Publics” (San Antonio Resort, Baybay Beach, Roxas City, Capiz, 27-29 April 2011) by Christopher C. Paras

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  • 1. the time for libraries is NOW
  • 2. First Some info about the world.
  • 3. We already know Shift Happens
  • 4. What does this mean for the information profession?
  • 5. What does this mean for the information profession? People of the worldyou need us now more than ever.
  • 6. WTF?
  • 7. More people are alive now, than have lived and died in the entirety of human history put together
  • 8. More than 150 million people will be born this year...
  • 9. More than 150 million people will be born this year...
  • 10. The top 10 jobsof 2010 didn’texist in 2004.
  • 11. Who can provideup to date info onthese roles forwhich none of usare educated
  • 12. because thejobs didn’t existwhen we wereeducated?
  • 13. Over 2 billionpeople use theInternet now
  • 14. Libraries canhelp peopleuse it safely
  • 15. and use itwell
  • 16. Libraries canprovideaccess to it
  • 17. across thedigitial divide
  • 18. Take a look athttp://www.worldometers.info
  • 19. Take a look athttp://www.worldometers.info (It’s okay, I’ll wait.)
  • 20. searches
  • 21. searches
  • 22. 3 billion
  • 23. Want to knowa secret?
  • 24. Librarians used to be a bit scared
  • 25. Librarians used to be a bit scared of
  • 26. But now we are evolving
  • 27. The evolution of library manBefore: Threatened by / dismissive of Google >>>>>Before: threatened by / dismissive of Google
  • 28. The evolution of library manBefore: Threatened by / dismissive of Google >>>>>Now: yes Google is useful, but you need libraries too
  • 29. The evolution of library manBefore: Threatened by / dismissive of Google >>>>>Next: you know what, just let us help you use Google better...
  • 30. Because we live in a world ofINFORMATIONOVERLOAD
  • 31. If a week’s worth of the New York Times
  • 32. Contains more information than aperson was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century...
  • 33. Then now more than EVER the world needs information professionals to sort, assess,collate and present information
  • 34. If a we’re to generate more unique information this yearwe
  • 35. Than in the previous 5000 YEARS put together
  • 36. Then now more than EVER the world needs information professionals to sort, assess,collate and present information
  • 37. If things move so fast that the stuff students learn in their first year of University
  • 38. is outdated by the time they graduate…
  • 39. Then now more than EVER the world needs information professionals to sort, assess,collate and present information
  • 40. EDUCATION IS ONGOING
  • 41. It has never been easier to accessinformation without libraries
  • 42. Yet information professionals have never been so vital
  • 43. TOO MUCHINFORMATION
  • 44. is as bad as too little
  • 45. We’ll help you with either.
  • 46. We can help you navigate throughthe tyranny of choice. choice.
  • 47. Information overload is your enemy. enemy.
  • 48. Librarians are yourfriend…friend…
  • 49. Librarians are no longerthe gatekeepersof information
  • 50. The gates are wide open.We’ll show you the path once you’re through them.
  • 51. We used tobe theinformationvault
  • 52. We will subscribe to e-journals, purchase e-booksand audio-books, and pay for access to databases on your behalf
  • 53. We will subscribe to e-journals, purchase e-booksand audio-books, and pay for access to databases on your behalf
  • 54. We will give your communitysomewhere safe and comfortable to go
  • 55. (We’ll even let you drink coffee in the library now…)
  • 56. We’ll entertain your kids
  • 57. We can teach you about all kinds of stuff
  • 58. We will help you finda job
  • 59. And we still have, you know, books, too.
  • 60. Sometimes, people knock libraries“The demise oflibraries is welloverdue”- Frank Skinner, The Times, September 2010
  • 61. Then they actually go to one… one…“Why I’m on a new page withlocal libraries – it was my ideasthat were dog-eared, not theplaces themselves.”- Frank Skinner, The Times, October 2010
  • 62. Have you been to yours recently?
  • 63. I bet it is way cooler than you imagine.Vancouver public library
  • 64. Maybe it has changed its name. But don’t get too caught up in that.
  • 65. Libraries are changingto suit you.
  • 66. We’ve always been about providing information. That information used to be mainly in books.
  • 67. We’ve always been about providing information. That information used to be mainly in books. Now it’s in all kinds of things.
  • 68. We’ve always been about providing information. That information used to be mainly in books. Now it’s in all kinds of things. We try and give you access to all of ‘em.
  • 69. Come on in. in.
  • 70. The time for libraries isNOW Ned Potter
  • 71. Clock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/96029652@N00/3788686103All photographss are from flickr creative commons Globe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97177054@N00/5051447015 Robot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/83346641@N00/4091338317 I: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21450297@N06/3887131006 world: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98411817@N00/1573881106 Tree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27958543@N05/3092524101 Wtf: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9910344@N05/3990318649 Crowd: http://www.flickr.com/photos/14228046@N03/4986559809 Baby foot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24794616@N05/3983693696 Computer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61444548@N00/118999076 Highway: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91351004@N00/452412873 Tick: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17731548@N00/3190757194 Seatle Library: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/371038175 Computer hands: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43698630@N00/839984821 Latop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37182073@N06/4441387125 Google: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31991771@N00/2856173673 Secret: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pricklebush/224674200/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Google in a box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16429872@N04/4670747540/sizes/m/in/photostream/ are from Web 2 icons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zipckr/3925513417/sizes/l/in/photostream/ NY times building: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scallop_holden/2330962137/sizes/z/in/photostream/ 18th century pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30432726@N05/2860104097/sizes/z/in/photostream/ 5: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simax/3390895249/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Iphone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xraijs/3474643866/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Broken shelves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_mistress/1248479255/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Empty shelves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/create_up/1478123817/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Help: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81398303@N00/1878956841 Compass: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7542997@N03/2473782602/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Present: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7542997@N03/2544359467/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Lock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamchenkov/300476203/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Path: http://www.flickr.com/photos/schmollmolch/4242099982/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Vault: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anonymouscollective/2291896028/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Rocket: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathancohen/3997542246/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Laptop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79031953@N00/1185371542 NYPL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/76170826/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Coffee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30928442@N08/3668169284 Job poster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/topekalibrary/3348784725/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Kids: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usag-yongsan/3655186371/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Ask Us: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shiplibrary/3873257790/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Books: http://www.flickr.com/photos/87603889@N00/87885327 Vancouver: http://www.flickr.com/photos/selva/90046278/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Spain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30982194@N05/4147356245 Berlin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67499195@N00/4119691598 Seattle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vs/29582361/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Stockholm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94852245@N00/530293086 Vancouver interior: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/3458914518/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Leafy hand : http://www.flickr.com/photos/45818813@N05/4820372712/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Hand on book: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/3493038584/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Readers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36813960@N00/4505413539 Old clock: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3399/4647649703_0f23f82eee_b.jpg Old camera: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/4995727284_648d77fd29_b.jpg