A TOUR OF THELIBRARY OF THEFUTURE Bethan Ruddock @bethanar AWHILES 2012
The library of 2020• The foyer: library as place• The stacks: what will be on the shelves?• The computer cluster: e-information provision• The back office: the catalogue
The foyer: library as place Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tzhaya/5462222662/
Not all stamping books &‘shhhhh’ ... but they do have their place! Face-to-face interactions allow you to: • Connect with your users • Form relationships • Gather feedback And ‘shhh’-ing? • Creating a good working environment for your users The Nancy Pearl Librarian action figure, from http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/Librarian-Action-Figure.html
Libraries as learning spaces Alan Gilbert Learning Commons at the University of Manchester http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/projects/aglc/
Library as place in 2020?Images used under CC licences from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhoweaa/327651705/ and http://www.iconarchive.com/show/colorflow-icons-by- tribalmarkings/wi-fi-icon.html
Where’s the librarian? Here? Embedded librarianship: Working within multi- disciplinary teamsImage used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/6300225700/
The big questionWill ‘library as place’ remain key?
The stacks: what will be on the shelves?Rise of e-informationWill print books/journalsdisappear?Will subscriptionscontinue? Or will OpenAccess rule? Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/simplerich/2471580861/
Full-text at your fingertips Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/western4uk/438611927/
Reliability? War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Version prepared for the Barnes & Noble Nook by Superior Formatting publishingScreenshot from http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/b-n-ebooks-nookd-2012065/
Language barriersTaken from Doncaster West PCT’s Glossary of Yorkshire Medical Terms http://regmedia.co.uk/2006/04/24/glossary_for_international_recruits.pdf
Reliability/authenticity• How do you know the text you’re getting is the text the author intended?• Where might errors have crept in? • Unintentional errors • Malicious errors• How to detect? • Checksums • Digitally signed PDFs • Contact the authors • Expertise!
Cost Institutions reporting journal subscription fees as ‘unsustainable’ Is Open Access the way forward?Harvard announcement: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k77982&pageid=icb.page498032&pageContentId=icb.pagecontent1061869
Role of the librarian? A legitimate site? Elly O’Brien & Lisa Hutchins noticed: • URL (http://www.rescancer.com/) • No information about who runs the site • Incorrect tags: article about lung cancer tagged cervical cancer • Contact is a hotmail email address • No author or journal information • Charging for freely available articles • Domain owner owns hundreds of other domains • Look at source code: website built using free tools; does it contain hidden spam/SEO links?
The big question Is Open Access the way forward?
The computer cluster: e-information• How will users access e-information? • Desktops? • Phones? • E-readers? • Tablets? • ???• Research from Pew: 85% of those who don’t own an ereader and 81% of those who don’t own a tablet have no plans to buy one http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2012/Jun/SUNY-Libraries.aspx
Computer clusters: the pastImage from Big Lottery Fund Research Issue 7 The People’s Network: evaluation summary http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/er_eval_peoples_network_evaluation_summary_uk.pdf
Computer clusters: the present Image of Amsterdam Library used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/piet_musterd/2730906433/
Computer clusters: the future? Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/currybet/344024653/
Equal access for all? Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigstyave/2735970994/
Barriers to access• No subscriptions• Access control problems/authentication• Sites blocked • Twitter, flickr, Facebook, youtube, blogs• Content blocked • ‘inappropriate’• Differing levels of resource & access levels • Eg from Summon to library catalogue
Where will scholarly communication happen? Blogs, forums, social media & discussion sites, Q&A sites, publisher sites, comment sections, cloud storage ...... video chats, webinars,twitter chats, vlogs, podcasts,repositories, conferencelivestreams, wikis,colloborative bookmarking,tag clouds...
The big questionHow will information be delivered in the future?
The back office: cataloguing Cataloguing: vital for resource discovery? Predictions: • Rise in copy-, collective-, and collaborative- cataloguing • Share records – for free? • Fewer specialist cataloguers – mainly for rare/special • Roles for consortia: subject/sector/user- specific
Cataloguing: alternatives?• Full-text search & text mining • Where allowed by publishers • Where includable in catalogue• Semantic search • Still ‘learning’• Linked data/semantic web • Not at saturation point• Link in external resources • APIs, RSS feeds, metadata
The catalogue should:• Add value• Be: • Comprehensive • User-friendly • Knowledge-base• Contain: • ‘Grey’ literature • Recommender functions • Expert advice Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevharb/5466078785/
The big question Name one key feature of the health library catalogue of 2020
Where have we been?• The foyer: library as place: study space• The stacks: what will be on the shelves?: more e-, less print• The computer cluster: e-information provision: opening up access• The back office: the catalogue: fewer cataloguers, more curators
And the librarian?• New ways to find out about and connect with users• Research: • Market research • Ethnographic/observational • Statistics and logs
Become the resource Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/benchilada/6674045235/
Become the resource Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell_reno/500304827/
Become the resource Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pkz/6222862929/
Become a colleague Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalexanderson/4728391136/