Not Evenly Distributed

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Not Evenly Distributed

  1. 1. Not Evenly Distributed what technology means to the future of libraries Jason Griffey Maine Regional Fall Council September 23, 2011
  2. 2. The future is already here...
  3. 3. The future is already here... ...it just isn’t very evenly distributed. - William Gibson
  4. 4. Effect of the DigitalExperiences & Expectations Access & Divide The Future
  5. 5. Photo by Stian Eikeland - http://flic.kr/p/6CCWXH
  6. 6. disintermediation
  7. 7. The Library
  8. 8. The Library• Archive• Collect• Describe• Insure Equality of Access• Distribute Financial Burden• Instruct• Inform
  9. 9. “Libraries, especially public libraries, exist inorder to balance the inequality of informationaccess due to economic or other pressures. Nosingle average member of the public can affordto purchase all of the potential information theymay want to access, and so libraries distributethat financial burden across the public as awhole, acting both as collective buyer for theircommunity and as access point.”
  10. 10. in other words...
  11. 11. in other words...libraries are a middleman
  12. 12. disintermediation?
  13. 13. Ready Reference Reader’s AdvisoryBibliographic Information Periodical Indexes
  14. 14. Access > Ownership
  15. 15. Licensing > Ownership
  16. 16. Experiences becomeExpectations
  17. 17. Services
  18. 18. Photo by HackingNetflix - http://flic.kr/p/5rQKpe
  19. 19. Devices
  20. 20. Photo by thekellyscope - http://flic.kr/p/96nYuV
  21. 21. Access
  22. 22. 42.1% of all Internet traffic at UTC was streaming media
  23. 23. Photo by HowardLake - http://flic.kr/p/8zSXff
  24. 24. Digital Divide
  25. 25. Photo by Vermin Inc - http://flic.kr/p/4yxj6u
  26. 26. “When your old world is collapsing andeverything is changing at a furious pitch,to start announcing your preferences forold values is not the act of a seriousperson.It is frivolous, fatuous...
  27. 27. ...If you were to knock on the door of one ofthese critics and say “Sir, there are flamesleaping out of your roof, your house isburning,” under these conditions he wouldthen say to you, “That’s a very interestingpoint of view. Personally, I couldn’t disagreewith you more.”...
  28. 28. ...That’s all these critics are saying. Theirhouse is burning and they’re saying, “Don’tyou have any sense of values, simplytelling people about fire when you shouldbe thinking about the serious content, thenoble works of the mind?”Value is irrelevant.”
  29. 29. Masatoshi Ishikawa
  30. 30. Masatoshi Ishikawa
  31. 31. future of the book
  32. 32. “...some of the most significant aspects ofthe new medium are yet to be recognized.Guessing: There may not be hypertextsequels so much as the instantiation ofnew windows on the "reality" of the story.Group participation both during initialconstruction and in expanding theongoing reality may be one of the moststriking features of the art form.”
  33. 33. “I believe hypertext fiction will ultimately be an entirely new art form, as different from novels as motion pictures are from oil paintings.”
  34. 34. moving forward
  35. 35. “The movement of information atapproximately the speed of light hasbecome by far the largest industry of theworld. The consumption of thisinformation has become correspondinglythe largest consumer function in theworld...
  36. 36. ...The globe has become on one hand acommunity of learning, and at the sametime...the globe has become a tiny village.Patterns of human association based onslower media have become overnight notonly irrelevant and obsolete, but a threat tocontinued existence and to sanity.”
  37. 37. ?
  38. 38. Marshall McLuhanMcCluhan Hot & Cool 1967
  39. 39. Douglas Adams said...
  40. 40. Douglas Adams said...1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  41. 41. Douglas Adams said...1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  42. 42. Douglas Adams said...1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
  43. 43. If I’d askedthem what theywanted, they’dhave said afaster horse. - Henry Ford
  44. 44. The best way to predict the future is to create it. -Peter Drucker
  45. 45. thank you
  46. 46. Jason Griffey Email: griffey@gmail.com Site: jasongriffey.net gVoice: 423-443-4770 Twitter: @griffey Other: Perpetual Beta ALA TechSource Head of Library Information Technology http://pinboard.in/u:griffey/ University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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