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GLAM-WIKI, Thursday 6th August 2009, Australian War Memorial, with Rose Holley

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  • 1. Pre Enlightenment reality Divine Right of Kings Theocracy Control by a privileged and powerful few
  • 2. Pre Enlightenment reality Divine Right of Kings Theocracy Control by a privileged and powerful few Post Enlightenment values Reason Liberty Democracy
  • 3. Pre web, information was Produced by a relatively few large and powerful publishers Discovered by metadata hand-crafted by librarians Expensive and centralised
  • 4. Pre web, information was Produced by a relatively few large and powerful publishers Discovered by metadata hand-crafted by librarians Expensive and centralised Post web, information is Produced by anyone Discovered by full text and bottom-up linking effects Cheap and distributed
  • 5. Changing role for libraries and librarians Technology has turned discovery on its head Content can be created by anyone Content can be described by anyone
  • 6. Changing role for libraries and librarians Technology has turned discovery on its head Content can be created by anyone Content can be described by anyone BUT Content still needs to be preserved Content still needs to be described Content still needs to be found
  • 7. Are libraries needed anymore?
  • 8. “Our vision for Kindle is every book ever printed in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds” Jeff Bezos, Amazon This photo : ptufts Flickr Prev photo: JohnPastor Flickr
  • 9. “Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
  • 10. Brewster Kahle “We need to put the best we have to offer within reach of our children. Universal access to all knowledge is within our grasp.” “Books – it’s who we are, it’s our literature, it’s what we've built up over millennia” “The idea of having only one company control the library of human knowledge is a nightmare” photo: davidsilver Flickr
  • 11. Are libraries needed anymore? Long term preservation and access Not constrained by commercial pressures Universal access “Free for all”
  • 12. Changing role for libraries and librarians Technology enables libraries to evolve
  • 13. A community of contributors The plan takes account of significant changes in user expectations, technology, and the wider environment, including: the expectation of some users that they will not be passive receivers of information, but rather contributors and participants in information services, and thus will be able to share ideas and information National Library of Australia Resource Sharing and Innovation Division, Strategic Plan 2009-2011
  • 14. http://www.psmedia.com.au/postscript/2009/08/04/digital-library-projects/ "This example helps to illustrate how dramatically the digital environment may change the user/library dynamic. "
  • 15. NLA’s “Single Business” project A big, “plausible” search target “Gravitational pull” as Lorcan Dempsey puts it A simple and powerful way to search a vast collection of information from one search box To show context To embrace electronic resources and deliver immediate access wherever possible A platform for engagement and collaboration
  • 16. NLA’s “Single Business” project Australian Union catalogue (NBD) 1000 libraries, 47m holdings, 20m items described by metadata Picture Australia 50 contributors (+ Flickr), 1.7m images Pandora Full text - 3TB of curated web archives, 1996- Digitised Australian Newspapers Music Australia, ARO, People Australia OAISTER 20m items, mostly articles Open Library 1.2m full text books Hathi Trust 0.4m full text books Commercial article databases - coming
  • 17. NLA’s “Single Business” project Readers as collaborators Tags Comments Corrections Grouping Guides/Lists/Trails Wikipedia as a collaborator Tags (page names linked to ISBNs) Bios of people and organisations Descriptions of resources From references to access
  • 18. NLA’s “Single Business” project “Common ground” we want to explore A “tagging commons” or “tag consortium” Exchanging PI’s: linking Wikipedia records to library resources and vice versa Wikipedia “Book sources” using NLA “deep linking” to library holdings for 1000+ libraries Exposing unique resources in Wikipedia Search API’s and bulk transfers
  • 19. Freedom, Power Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. Harriet Ruben