The Future is Here, So Now What?


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With our rapidly increasing and instantaneous access to information it can be difficult to slice through the “data smog” and become truly information fluent while becoming active participants in an era of continuous technological change. Join Chad Mairn as he introduces what various libraries are successfully doing to integrate technologies that help construct a learning environment, online or face-to-face, that is conducive to information discovery, sharing, and lifelong learning. This was presented August 20, 2010 for PLAN/FLA Unconference. The Future is Here, So Now What? A Living Document is available at:

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  1. 1. The Future is Here, So Now What? <br />
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  8. 8. Some Scenario Highlights From “Futures Thinking …”<br />A college degree for every citizen <br />Right here with me <br />Increasing threat of cyberwar, cybercrime, and cyberterrorism<br />Breaking the textbook monopoly <br />Think U <br />Woven learning <br />Sign on the dotted line <br />Money makes the world go around <br />Bridging the scholar/practitioner divide <br />No need to search <br />Archives on demand <br />Pop-up campus <br />Community over consumerism <br />This class brought to you by… <br />I see what you see <br />Out of business <br />Renaissance redux<br />Scholarship stultifies <br />Kinesthetic fluency <br />
  9. 9. Predicting the future is not a precise science and David Staley aptly said that futurists “should view the future in the same way that a historian views the past – aiming for representation and understanding” (2007, p. 2).<br />Staley, D. J. (2007). History and future: Using historical thinking to imagine the future. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. <br />
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  11. 11. Libraries are like bridges that help connect their users to high-quality information and provide a social space for users to consume, repurpose, and to share content. <br />
  12. 12. Social Media<br />
  13. 13. According to Wikipedia, “Social media is a term used to describe the type of media that is based on conversation and interaction between people online.” <br />Sharing is a huge component! <br />
  14. 14. Use Facebook to reach out to your users and share your library. You can even talk to your users with the free Vivox Voice application!<br /><br />
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  16. 16. Mobile<br />
  17. 17. Why libraries should have a mobile presence.<br />“Mobile phones create new kinds of bounded places that merge the infrastructures of geography and technology, as well as techno-social practices thatmerge technical standards and social norms." (Moll, 2007, p.12)<br />The mobile web is connecting people to <br />information while they are on the go, so this is a great space for libraries!<br />Plus mobile phones have surpassed PCs<br />and landline phones combined, so your <br />potential audience is huge! <br />
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  19. 19. Uploaded to Flickr on November 29, 2006 by Michael Casey<br />
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  21. 21. QR (Quick Response) Codes<br />Note: My ID badge, my office door, my handouts, and some new books are using QR Codes to provide easy links to online content.<br />Google ‘qr code generator’ to get a list of resources. I use BeeTagg and NeoReader.<br />
  22. 22. Some sample mobile applications <br />Copy documents, whiteboards and handwritten notes with your camera phone to store, fax, email or publish!<br />Create audio broadcasts.<br />Deliver audio content directly to your cell phone.<br />Create voice-to-text notes.<br />Share Live Video From Your Mobile Phone.<br />Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your phone.<br />Poll your audience.<br />
  23. 23. Future considerations: <br />library advocacy, librarian as app, fingerprint-proof touch screens, face recognition, voice capabilities (translation, VoIP, Foursquare Voice, in-car systems, Vivox etc.), push technologies, augmented reality and reference, mobile browsers, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, humanity, culture, dialogue, …<br />
  24. 24. How can you use Twitter?<br />
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  26. 26. Promote the library via various channels!<br />Add a Twitter widget to your web site<br />
  27. 27. Using Twitter for class conversations<br />Extra credit: Ask students to use Twitter.<br /><br />DM @cmairn<br />
  28. 28. Does Twitter, Facebook, and others have a future?<br />
  29. 29. Books<br />
  30. 30. Music<br />
  31. 31. Video<br />
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  34. 34. Create the Future … <br />Look to other industries for ideas for libraries.<br />Become indispensible (Seth Godin):<br />Make a difference, lead, and connect with others.<br />Hierarchy of value: lift, hunt, grow, produce, sell, connect, create/invent. [Where are you in this?]<br />"People want to be told what to do because they are afraid (petrified) of figuring it out for themselves.“ [Is this true?]<br />
  35. 35. Contact Information<br /><br />(727) 341.7181<br />+ 1 (727) 537.6405<br /><br />With your phone take a quick photo of this code and you’ll be directed to my mobile contact page. For the software, visit<br />@cmairn<br />