A tour of the library of the future


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A tour of the library of the future

  1. 1. A TOUR OF THELIBRARY OF THEFUTURE Bethan Ruddock @bethanar AWHILES 2012
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. The foyer: library as place Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tzhaya/5462222662/
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Libraries as learning spaces Alan Gilbert Learning Commons at the University of Manchester http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/projects/aglc/
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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/
  8. 8. The big questionWill ‘library as place’ remain key?
  9. 9. 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/
  10. 10. Full-text at your fingertips Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/western4uk/438611927/
  11. 11. 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/
  12. 12. Language barriersTaken from Doncaster West PCT’s Glossary of Yorkshire Medical Terms http://regmedia.co.uk/2006/04/24/glossary_for_international_recruits.pdf
  13. 13. 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!
  14. 14. Access issues Loading, please wait
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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?
  17. 17. The big question Is Open Access the way forward?
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. Computer clusters: the present Image of Amsterdam Library used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/piet_musterd/2730906433/
  21. 21. Computer clusters: the future? Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/currybet/344024653/
  22. 22. Equal access for all? Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigstyave/2735970994/
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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...
  25. 25. The big questionHow will information be delivered in the future?
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. And if we don’t...?
  29. 29. 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/
  30. 30. The big question Name one key feature of the health library catalogue of 2020
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. And the librarian?• New ways to find out about and connect with users• Research: • Market research • Ethnographic/observational • Statistics and logs
  33. 33. Become the resource Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/benchilada/6674045235/
  34. 34. Become the resource Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell_reno/500304827/
  35. 35. Become the resource Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pkz/6222862929/
  36. 36. Become a colleague Image used under a CC licence from http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalexanderson/4728391136/
  37. 37. @bethanarbethaninfoprof.wordpress.combethan.ruddock@manchester.ac.uk