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Australia to the USA. 13 Librarians on a 3 week tour of US public libraries. Jun/Jul 2010

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USA tour presentation

  1. 1. USA Public Libraries
  2. 2. <ul><li>Points of difference between Australian and US libraries – Christine </li></ul><ul><li>Iconic buildings – Karyn </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries making a difference in their communities – Genimaree </li></ul><ul><li>New and different technologies from ALA conference - Christine </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Columbus, Washington DC, Queens, New York </li></ul><ul><li>ALA conference, Washington DC </li></ul><ul><li>Related organisations – Gates Foundation, ULC, OCLC </li></ul><ul><li>Beautiful libraries – OSU, University Club Library, Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Getty Museum, Disney Theatre, Chicago river tour, Baltimore, Newseum </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Budget crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture and large central libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Social roles </li></ul><ul><li>Private funding </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Staff and unions </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation / planning </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>California and Los Angeles – under immense pressure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library has decreased operating budget by 15%; 28% reduction in staff (including 150 layoffs) and cut to services 5 days from 6 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chicago – laying off 120 workers and cutting hours at branches; hiring freeze, 24 days furlough </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Columbus – lost $11 mill since 2008 and a reduction in staff of 160 FTE since 03 </li></ul><ul><li>NYPL and Queens facing significant cuts and layoffs </li></ul><ul><li>OCLC has laid off 64 staff </li></ul><ul><li>Communities served by libraries also affected </li></ul>
  7. 8. Lyn Barakat
  8. 9. <ul><li>Large central reference libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Architectural statements </li></ul><ul><li>Monuments to the book, built around collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The architects conceived the new Seattle Central Library building as a celebration of book deciding after some research that despite the arrival of the 21stC and the “digital age” people still respond to books printed on paper.” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Libraries in the US provide services that here would be offered by different welfare and social agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Queens notable example </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Significant private funding, culture of philanthropy </li></ul><ul><li>$85 million raised by Seattle Library Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>$1million pa Columbus Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>NYPL – Genealogy Library funded through $5 mill endowment </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Book centric </li></ul><ul><li>Very large collections </li></ul><ul><li>Exception Columbus – where spaces designed around services rather than collections </li></ul><ul><li>Very traditional service models – reference librarians at desks on each floor </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle – “disposable collections” </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Union positions </li></ul><ul><li>Big difference with the way unionised and non unionised libraries are coping with budget crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Layoffs – firstly non unionised labour (pages and managers) then last on first off </li></ul><ul><li>Detrimental affect – LA have lost their new fresh staff – and staff won’t move </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Beyond the Book summit – CML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helene Blowers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is your personal comfort with digital readiness? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How ready do you think libraries are to embrace digital reading future? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How ready are our customers? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tipping point – price, business models, iPad </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Seattle – community consultation – 33,000 community questionnaires, Staff survey, Community thought leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus </li></ul><ul><li>Queens strategic imperative – to deeply embed the library in the community </li></ul>
  15. 50. <ul><li>Georgetown Library (under construction, opening August 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library (under construction, opening July 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Benning Library </li></ul><ul><li>Anacostia Library </li></ul>
  16. 113. <ul><li>Eppo van Nispen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries are not good at telling their stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is nothing more beautiful than a beautiful story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries have grey missions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They are worthy but not memorable or fun </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DOK “a better friend than Google” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vox pops “libraries are outdated” “librarians are cave men” </li></ul></ul>
  17. 114. <ul><li>There is no second hand in the digital world and libraries are in the second hand business </li></ul><ul><li>14,000 iPhone apps – 17 for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Be proud and CLAIM our position </li></ul>
  18. 115. <ul><li>mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>touch based devices </li></ul><ul><li>mobile computing, atomising information </li></ul><ul><li>cities fostering creative industries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop being the grocery store and start being the kitchen </li></ul></ul>
  19. 116. <ul><li>3D </li></ul><ul><li>privacy issues re social networking </li></ul><ul><li>cloud computing “disruptive” </li></ul><ul><li>gadgets costing less ($99 by Christmas, $50 in 12 months) </li></ul><ul><li>discovery layers </li></ul><ul><li>dip in open source LMSs </li></ul>
  20. 117. <ul><li>4 th gen phones – “riff scanning”, </li></ul><ul><li>ubiquitous internet access, </li></ul><ul><li>profiling and the death of internet anonymity – what will people give up to have a better library experience? </li></ul><ul><li>more efficient technical services, </li></ul><ul><li>better OPACs </li></ul>
  21. 118. <ul><li>How will circulation change? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when the entire western canon is available for free? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when we no longer circulate DVDs? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the mission of libraries be to help people make their own libraries? </li></ul>
  22. 119. <ul><li>Book dispensers </li></ul>
  23. 120. <ul><li>Language learning in the cloud – children and adults </li></ul>
  24. 121. <ul><li>Mobile app for libraries powerful catalogue search, real time integration, reading lists, blogs and tweets </li></ul>
  25. 123. <ul><li>Dave Gray XPLANE </li></ul><ul><li>Helene Blowers </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Nesbitt </li></ul><ul><li>Kindle available from Target </li></ul><ul><li>Nintendo have an app for 100 classic books </li></ul><ul><li>7.8 million Americans have ebook readers </li></ul>
  26. 124. <ul><li>Wonderful kind generous hosts </li></ul><ul><li>PLVN – Elisabeth Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>Voyager Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Employers who supported people to go </li></ul><ul><li>Participants – reporting back and photos </li></ul><ul><li>Report will be available online soon </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>