Ben showers #asl2014 keynote


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'The cocked hat - navigating the digital future' keynote address by Ben Showers @benshowers Head of Scholarly and Library Futures with the Digital Infrastructure team at Jisc from 'Information Innovators: Librarians evolving in the digital environment' the Academic & Special Libraries conference 2014 #asl2014. Delivered Friday Feb 28th 2014, Dublin

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  • Primarily focused on HEWhat does scholarly and library futures mean?
  • Working together across the higher education, further education and skills sectors,Jisc provides trusted advice and support, reduces sector costs across shared network, digital content, IT services and procurement negotiations, ensuring the sector stays ahead of the game with research and development for the future.
  • Plotting your course means you have something riding on it – you have ‘skin in the game’ as it were. Similarly, I am not making grand pronouncements here without any risk. What I describe here are things that are emerging – experiments – that institutions are exploring, or Jisc is working on. For today I want us to use our fixed position as the user – our students or researchers or members of the public. They are our fixed point of reference, and they are where we will start our exploration from. I am also not planning on wondering too far from the shore – my horizons are quite close to today – hopefully what I will talk about will make sense and have utility back at your library and organisation.
  • Shared and collaborative – focus on analysis and action; not collection.
  • Open and permission free:Goes beyond user led – no one needs permission to use the data and to build new applications and services. No one needs to ask permission to use the internet, Berners-Lee didn’t have to negotiate a license to build the web.
  • There is no point in pretending that you have the answer and keeping it to yourself – everything is moving to fast!
  • System and service silos. Discrete services. Local and provincial.
  • This is your advantage – you are part of a community. Many organisations spend years, decades building a community. You’re already at the heart of one, your local community. Plus you are part of a wider library community.
  • Entrepreneurial. Move from the specialist, craftsman, to the generalist, the start-up. GDS – small team, diverse skill set, changing the way government engages with its citizens. Making digital services so good that people prefer to use them than go to the physical building. Skills not usually associated with librarians – design, usability, developers etc.
  • We have the web! It’s as if we were there a few decades after the creation of the printing press… Yes, it’s mostly cats and baby’s with captions. But give it time…The printing press was initially used for erotic stories… it took another 150 years for the first academic journal to be created! 1467 the Tale of two lovers was printed – in 1665 the first academic journal was printed!The freedom to experiment means the freedom to experiment with everything.
  • Ben showers #asl2014 keynote

    1. 1. 28.02.2014 The Cocked Hat: Navigating the Digital Future
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    3. 3. Ben Showers Head of Scholarly and Library Futures @benshowers 3
    4. 4. Introducing Jisc Jisc offers digital services for UK education and research. The charity does this to achieve its vision for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. © Isaxen via Flickr 4
    5. 5. Three themes… 1. The User 2. The Infrastructure 3. The Library
    6. 6. The User
    7. 7. forms of participation
    8. 8. User-led…
    9. 9. At Scale…
    10. 10. Playful…
    11. 11. forms of understanding
    12. 12. Qalitative
    13. 13. Quantitative
    14. 14. From Chore to Core
    15. 15. The Infrastructure
    16. 16. Library Analytics and Metrics Project (LAMP)
    17. 17. The best idea for your data will be thought of by someone else!
    18. 18. Let your data be promiscuous
    19. 19. vertically thinking the current picture
    20. 20. The Library
    21. 21. Inside out
    22. 22. Collaboration
    23. 23. Reduction Redistribution of effort
    24. 24. emerging skills…
    25. 25. Final thoughts…
    26. 26. disruption is a feature, not a bug…
    27. 27. think like a Dandelion!
    28. 28. best time ever to be a librarian…
    29. 29. Ben Showers Head of Scholarly and Library Futures @benshowers 30