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Looking Forward: The Future of Libraries


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Presentation for the East Greenwich Free Library Board of Trustees, June 3, 2009.

Presentation for the East Greenwich Free Library Board of Trustees, June 3, 2009.

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  • Pew Internet & American Life. Lee Rainie.
    How libraries can survive in the new media ecosystem

  • FB stats Feb 2009

  • What do you do? Sing into it to identify music? Take a picture of a building to find where you’re at? Scan a barcode to get a price on a product? Access library catalog from anywhere in building? Pull up image of book to easily identify it?
    14% off network, 10% indifferent

  • Jon Blyberg, Darien Library Assistant Director, Innovation and UX (User Experience).

  • Social capital: linking, network.
    New literacies: graphic (visual), navigation (non-linear world), skepticism (evaluation), ethical (rules of cyberspace), personal (understand digital environment)

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    • 1. Looking Forward: The Library of the Future Or, how not to be left behind Howard Boksenbaum, Chief Library Officer Karen Mellor, Library Program Manager RI Office of Library & Information Services
    • 2. About libraries
    • 3. Who uses the library today? Libraries are not losing relevance. • Visits are up. • Program attendance is up. • Computer usage is up. But some traditional services are down. • Reference. • Circulation?
    • 4. Who supports the library? Library funding support is only marginally related to library visitation Perceptions of librarians are an important predictor of library funding support Voters who see the library as a 'transformational' force as opposed to an 'informational' source are more likely to increase taxes in its support From Awareness to Funding: A study of library support in America (OCLC 2008)
    • 5. New information ecosystem Industrial Age - info was: Information Age - info is: Scarce Abundant Expensive Cheap Institutionally oriented Personally oriented Designed for Designed for consumption participation
    • 6. Information explosion Volume. Variety. Velocity. Venues & ’vailability. Vigilance. Vibrance. Valence. Voice & visibility.
    • 7. Information trends Sharing. Collaboration. Customization. Cloud computing. Transparency.
    • 8. Social networking 65% of youth (12-17) use SNS. 35% of adults use SNS. Fastest growing demographic: women over 55. FB: 45.3 million active users. FB: 25% over 35. Is your library on Facebook?
    • 9. Mobility 39% of Americans use mobile devices. 8% can’t live without them. Mobile internet access is drawing people into more frequent online use. What do you do with your handheld? How does your website look?
    • 10. Connecting Information seeking behavior is changing. Sharing and collaborating. Books: Library Thing. Books & products: Amazon, Like. People & photos: Riya. Sound: Midomi. Customize music: Pandora.
    • 11. Library 2.0 The library is everywhere. The library has no barriers. The library invites participation. The library uses flexible systems. The library encourages the heart. The library is human, and recognizes its users are, too. Michael Stephens, Tame the Web (more on Library 2.0)
    • 12. The library of the future Darien Library (CT). Imagination and transformation. User experience. Library design. Portable librarians. SOPAC (more on SOPAC) Tour the Darien Library
    • 13. How not to be left behind Be findable. Be available. Become a node for information and interaction. Help people master new literacies. Develop social capital. Talk to users, find out what they want. Be where your users are using their tools. Broadcast yourself and earn your audience.
    • 14. And so . . . • Everything has changed. • Nothing has changed. • The container does not matter, libraries are about connecting people and information.
    • 15. Questions? Comments?
    • 16. Howard Boksenbaum Karen Mellor
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