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Technology And Libraries

  1. 1. The Future Is Now!
  2. 2. <ul><li>Traditional Users vs. Tech-Savvy Users </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Services vs. Technology Services </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is a library? </li></ul><ul><li>Is that all a library can/should be? </li></ul><ul><li>What does our community want it’s library to be? </li></ul><ul><li>Is that wrong? Is that possible? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we lose by becoming what our patrons want us to be? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What can it do for us? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there added benefit to this technology that is worth the time? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this technology strengthen our mission? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this technology change the way our community interacts with us/views us/understands us? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Public Internet Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Collections of Recommended Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Positioning librarians as experts on technology and the web </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>IM Reference </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Screencasting </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Technology is a bridge </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is a tool </li></ul><ul><li>Technology demonstrates our imagination, our depth, our judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is an extension of our library </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is a language we share with our users </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is what we make of it – not what it makes of us </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Technology is becoming less about hardware and more about applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Old computers can do this just as well as new. </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller/less well supported libraries are on a level playing field – in fact, small libraries can excel here. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Library philosophy and open source mesh seamlessly – plus they save you $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><li>Koha/Evergreen </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Join the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Your patrons are already here </li></ul><ul><li>Platform choice is key </li></ul><ul><li>You must participate rather than just read to get the results you want. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on Blogs/Websites </li></ul><ul><li>GoodReads/LibraryThing </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Promote your brand </li></ul><ul><li>Promote your library </li></ul><ul><li>Helps with your writing skills – pare down </li></ul><ul><li>Quick and easy </li></ul><ul><li>Capture your ideas as they happen </li></ul><ul><li>Easily consumed by people you want to reach </li></ul><ul><li>Build a network of colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Discern trends, discuss issues, get ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from others </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>Add-Ons </li></ul><ul><li>GreaseMonkey </li></ul><ul><li>LibX </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Newsweek/TIME are not ideal sources! </li></ul><ul><li>PopURLS </li></ul><ul><li>FriendFeedLinks </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious Popular List </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul><ul><li>StumbleUpon </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Google Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Basecamp : www.37signals.com </li></ul><ul><li>World of Warcraft </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Live Meeting/OPAL </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>RSS feeds that tell your patrons what books have just been returned </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter postings that tell your patrons of updates to your website with no staff involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious links that seamlessly mesh with your library’s online database offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Netflix models for DVD and book hold queues </li></ul><ul><li>Giving the patrons MORE information rather than less – place in line for a title, e-blasts for popular authors, lists of books ORDERED </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>For public Internet and shared staff machines </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes: www.pageflakes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes: www.netvibes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin City Public Library </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Using Blogger as a library homepage: </li></ul><ul><li>Marin County Free Library Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs for New Items </li></ul><ul><li>Menasha </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Study at UCLA </li></ul><ul><li>Measured brain activity of older adults as they searched the web </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to people reading information without searching </li></ul><ul><li>Compared advanced tech users with novices </li></ul><ul><li>Most brain activity in advanced tech users conducting searches </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: Good for your brain’s health! </li></ul>
  20. 23. <ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader or Bloglines </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal and other CMS programs incorporate this </li></ul><ul><li>Koha/Evergreen incorporate this in the catalog! </li></ul>
  21. 24. <ul><li>Information made understandable by computers to automate the process of finding, sharing and combining info online </li></ul><ul><li>Powerset: natural language search engine </li></ul><ul><li>www.powerset.com </li></ul><ul><li>Glue: browser plugin to connect you to friends: www.getglue.com </li></ul>
  22. 25. <ul><li>How do we keep personal contact via technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we ensure that libraries are seen as vibrant PLACES to come to? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we forced to change in ways that are not ideal? </li></ul>
  23. 26. <ul><li>You can find me @ </li></ul><ul><li>Sites & Soundbytes: http://sites.menashalibrary.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Lit: http://kidslit.menashalibrary.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>TashRow on Twitter and AIM </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com/tashrow </li></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com/menashalibrary </li></ul><ul><li>http://friendfeed.com/tashrow </li></ul>

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