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Perspectives on National Library of Australia Developments Part 2 Kent Fitch

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Presentation given at GLAM- wiki event held in Canberra, Australia, August 6-7 2009. Talking about how far library services in general meet the needs of next generation users and wikimedians and how …

Presentation given at GLAM- wiki event held in Canberra, Australia, August 6-7 2009. Talking about how far library services in general meet the needs of next generation users and wikimedians and how we can further develop services in the future. Rose Holley and Kent Fitch present

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  • Launched in November 2007 with 100K titles available, there are now double that, and Amazon claim that for those 200K titles, over 10% of sales are in Kindle ebook format
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Poland_(1939) citation 6
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    • 1.  
    • 2.
      • Pre Enlightenment reality
        • Divine Right of Kings
        • Theocracy
        • Important decisions made by a privileged and powerful few
    • 3.
      • Pre Enlightenment reality
        • Divine Right of Kings
        • Theocracy
        • Important decisions made by a privileged and powerful few
      • Post Enlightenment values
        • Reason
        • Liberty
        • Democracy
    • 4.
      • Pre web, information was
        • Produced by a relatively few large and powerful publishers
        • Discovered by metadata hand-crafted by librarians
        • Expensive and centralised
    • 5.
      • Pre web, information was
        • Produced by a relatively few large and powerful publishers
        • Discovered by metadata hand-crafted by librarians
        • Expensive and centralised
      • Post web, information is
        • Produced by anyone
        • Discovered by full text and bottom-up linking effects
        • Cheap and distributed
    • 6. Changing role for libraries and librarians
      • Technology has turned discovery on its head
      • Content can be created by anyone
      • Content can be described by anyone
    • 7. Changing role for libraries and librarians
      • Technology has turned discovery on its head
      • Content can be created by anyone
      • Content can be described by anyone
      • BUT
      • Content still needs to be preserved
      • Content still needs to be described
      • Content still needs to be found
    • 8. Are libraries needed anymore?
    • 9. “ Our vision for Kindle is every book ever printed in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds” Jeff Bezos, Amazon photo : ptufts Flickr
    • 10. “ Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. ”
    • 11. Are libraries needed anymore?
      • Long term preservation and access
      • Not constrained by commercial pressures
      • Universal access
      • “ Free for all”
    • 12. Changing role for libraries and librarians
      • Technology enables libraries to evolve
    • 13. A community of contributors
      • The plan takes account of significant changes in user expectations, technology, and the wider environment, including:
        • the expectation of some users that they will not be passive receivers of information, but rather contributors and participants in information services, and thus will be able to share ideas and information
      • National Library of Australia
      • Resource Sharing and Innovation Division, Strategic Plan 2009-2011
    • 14.
      • "This example helps to illustrate how dramatically the digital environment may change the user/library dynamic. "
      http://www.psmedia.com.au/postscript/2009/08/04/digital-library-projects/
    • 15. NLA’s “Single Business” project
      • A big, “plausible” search target
        • “ Gravity” as Lorcan Dempsey puts it
      • A simple and powerful way to search a vast collection of information from one search box
      • To show context
      • To embrace electronic resources and deliver immediate access wherever possible
      • A platform for engagement and collaboration
    • 16. NLA’s “Single Business” project
      • Australian Union catalogue (NBD)
          • 1000 libraries, 47m holdings, 20m items described by metadata
      • Picture Australia
          • 50 contributors (+ Flickr), 1.7m images
      • Pandora
          • Full text - 3TB of curated web archives, 1996-
      • Digitised Australian Newspapers
      • Music Australia, ARO, People Australia
      • OAISTER
          • 20m items, mostly articles
      • Open Library
          • 1.2m full text books
      • Hathi Trust
          • 0.4m full text books
      • Commercial article databases - coming
    • 17. NLA’s “Single Business” project
      • Readers as collaborators
        • Tags
        • Comments
        • Corrections
        • Grouping
        • Guides/Lists/Trails
      • Wikipedia as a collaborator
        • Tags (page names linked to ISBNs)
        • Bios of people and organisations
        • Descriptions of resources
    • 18.  
    • 19.  
    • 20. NLA’s “Single Business” project
      • “ Common ground” we want to explore
        • A tagging commons or “tag consortium”
        • Exchanging PI’s: linking Wikipedia records to library resources and vica versa
        • Wikipedia “Book sources” using NLA “deep linking” to library holdings for 1000+ libraries
        • Exposing unique resources in Wikipedia
    • 21. Freedom, Power
      • Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. Harriet Ruben