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Breaking out of the box: libraries without walls Terry Reese [email_address] Readex Digital Institute
<ul><li>Libraries today are suffering from an identity crisis – trapped between the traditional roles of a library and the...
Users want….
So long as it fits on….
Or works with this…
Or this…
Or this…
Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library as its communities primary information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Research colle...
Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library as its communities’ primary information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Library facil...
Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library as an information facilitator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Points users to ejournals </...
Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library one of many information providers available to their users </li></ul>User Commun...
 
Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Not new </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries have traditionally evolved with technology </li>...
Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Evolution isn’t necessarily a bad thing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underlines libraries’ past...
<ul><li>Evolving means learning a new language and new rules without losing some of the core library values. </li></ul>
Library 2.0 RSS – Really Simple Syndication
Library 2.0 Wikis
Library 2.0 New Programming Tools: AJAX, API
Library 2.0 Blogs and Blogging
Library 2.0 Commentary and Comments
Library 2.0 Personalization and My Profiles
Library 2.0 Podcasting and MP3 files
Library 2.0 Streaming Media – Audio and Video
Library 2.0 Reviews and User-Driven Ratings
Library 2.0 Recommender Functionality
Library 2.0 Personalized Alerts
Library 2.0 Web Services
Library 2.0 Instant Messaging and Virtual Reference
Library 2.0 Folksonomies, Tagging and Tag Clouds
Library 2.0 Photos (e.g.  Flickr,  Picasa)
Library 2.0 Social Networking
Library 2.0 Socially Driven Content
Library 2.0 Open access, Open Source, Open Content
Library 2.0 Social Bookmarking
Library’s place <ul><li>Digital library development needs to start with an understanding that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The l...
In 5 years, in my library…. <ul><li>Simple aggregation of resources will not be enough. Databases and Websites will be rep...
In 5 years, in my library… <ul><li>‘Intermediate environments’ will be as important to consumers of library services as tr...
<ul><li>What are “intermediate environments”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think mashups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think aggrega...
Examples?
What can we do? <ul><li>Work with partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No library is large enough to solve these problems themse...
What can we do? <ul><li>Continue to innovate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries need to do more development. Libraries should...
What can we do? <ul><li>Open our current systems to outside users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The library community expects grou...
IHP <ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the request and response for many different protocols: </li>...
IHP <ul><li>Harvestablity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries should be building systems that allow users to harvest their met...
IHP <ul><li>Pluggability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries should look to build and use systems that allow for the use of mi...
<ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>
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  • Talking about the future of our libraries and what path our libraries must take if they are to remain relevant in today&apos;s and tomorrow’s information environments. At this institute, we have heard about [],[], and [] and we see everyday how influences outside of the library have had an influence on our users expectations.
  • Libraries are trapped between the traditional roles of the library and the current expectations of its users.
  • User now look to other sources: Wikipedia, blogs, etc. as authorized content.
  • Library needs to be transparent – Unlike vendors, we are successful when users don’t notice what’s going on in the background. We need to do a better job not tripping over our own technology. What do I mean. Current openURL resolvers offer a good example of this. In most cases, libraries have setup their resolvers to provide users with information regarding fulltext, their catalog, additional resources…but when a user clicks on an article – they often times just want to get to the article, so we should just send them to the article. Outside technologies – Good example of this would be OpenSearch. As a protocol – you have thousands of developers, corporate backing and a simple implementation…yet libraries continue to push SRU (which itself has a very low implementation rate). On the good side, the SRU folks have made an effort to work with the OpenSearch folks to allow SRU to work with OpenSearch so it still may all work out.
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    1. 1. Breaking out of the box: libraries without walls Terry Reese [email_address] Readex Digital Institute
    2. 2. <ul><li>Libraries today are suffering from an identity crisis – trapped between the traditional roles of a library and the current expectations of its users. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Users want….
    4. 4. So long as it fits on….
    5. 5. Or works with this…
    6. 6. Or this…
    7. 7. Or this…
    8. 8. Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library as its communities primary information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Research collections housed within the library </li></ul>User Community
    9. 9. Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library as its communities’ primary information provider </li></ul><ul><li>Library facilitates borrowing from other institutions (ILL) </li></ul>User Community
    10. 10. Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library as an information facilitator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Points users to ejournals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Splintering of library services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ILL, Virtual Reference, Ejournals, Digital Collections, ILS, IR, etc. </li></ul></ul>User Community Ejournals
    11. 11. Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Library one of many information providers available to their users </li></ul>User Community Google MS Live
    12. 13. Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Not new </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries have traditionally evolved with technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries are no longer the central repositories for trusted information </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Libraries’ evolving roles <ul><li>Evolution isn’t necessarily a bad thing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Underlines libraries’ past successes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates a vibrant information ecosystem which libraries have traditionally cultivated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library is now just a part of this ecosystem </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>Evolving means learning a new language and new rules without losing some of the core library values. </li></ul>
    15. 16. Library 2.0 RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    16. 17. Library 2.0 Wikis
    17. 18. Library 2.0 New Programming Tools: AJAX, API
    18. 19. Library 2.0 Blogs and Blogging
    19. 20. Library 2.0 Commentary and Comments
    20. 21. Library 2.0 Personalization and My Profiles
    21. 22. Library 2.0 Podcasting and MP3 files
    22. 23. Library 2.0 Streaming Media – Audio and Video
    23. 24. Library 2.0 Reviews and User-Driven Ratings
    24. 25. Library 2.0 Recommender Functionality
    25. 26. Library 2.0 Personalized Alerts
    26. 27. Library 2.0 Web Services
    27. 28. Library 2.0 Instant Messaging and Virtual Reference
    28. 29. Library 2.0 Folksonomies, Tagging and Tag Clouds
    29. 30. Library 2.0 Photos (e.g. Flickr, Picasa)
    30. 31. Library 2.0 Social Networking
    31. 32. Library 2.0 Socially Driven Content
    32. 33. Library 2.0 Open access, Open Source, Open Content
    33. 34. Library 2.0 Social Bookmarking
    34. 35. Library’s place <ul><li>Digital library development needs to start with an understanding that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The library needs to be more transparent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library needs to look outside the library community for usable technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library is no longer their user communities primary research tool of choice </li></ul></ul>
    35. 36. In 5 years, in my library…. <ul><li>Simple aggregation of resources will not be enough. Databases and Websites will be replaced by mechanisms that fetch information into our users’ workflows. </li></ul>
    36. 37. In 5 years, in my library… <ul><li>‘Intermediate environments’ will be as important to consumers of library services as traditional end-users. </li></ul>
    37. 38. <ul><li>What are “intermediate environments”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think mashups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think aggregations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think workflow </li></ul></ul>
    38. 39. Examples?
    39. 40. What can we do? <ul><li>Work with partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No library is large enough to solve these problems themselves. Libraries have traditionally been able to talk a good game regarding collaboration, but tend to be short on results. </li></ul></ul>
    40. 41. What can we do? <ul><li>Continue to innovate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries need to do more development. Libraries should spend less time looking at their vendors to solve solutions that should be developed within the libraries’ Open Source Community. </li></ul></ul>
    41. 42. What can we do? <ul><li>Open our current systems to outside users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The library community expects groups like publishers, Google, etc. to provide stand access points or harvested metadata, yet we don’t build this facility into our own systems. </li></ul></ul>
    42. 43. IHP <ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the request and response for many different protocols: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SRU </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Z39.50 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    43. 44. IHP <ul><li>Harvestablity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries should be building systems that allow users to harvest their metadata content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries need to be willing to give up some control over their metadata and be willing to see their metadata repurposed in other ways. </li></ul></ul>
    44. 45. IHP <ul><li>Pluggability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries should look to build and use systems that allow for the use of microformats. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COINS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>UNAPI </li></ul></ul></ul>
    45. 46. <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>
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