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Plenary presentation for the ANZ Society of Indexers Conference in Sydney, 16 October 2009

Plenary presentation for the ANZ Society of Indexers Conference in Sydney, 16 October 2009

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  • And we want it all now, for free, everywhere, wherever we are & even when we are asleep!
  • And we have nothing like this in Australia!Nor do we have a national digitisation strategy, like NZ does.
  • Image:http://www.interaction.rca.ac.uk/people/staff/tom-hulbert/projects/interactivecube.html
  • These dates may slip and too some extent we are not the master. University priorities (which building/project comes first) may change. Nevertheless, it will be pretty close to the above.Image source:http://www-lib.icu.ac.jp/ASRS/index-e.htm
  • Barefoot really means mobile or wandering – librarians getting out of the library and mixing it more in the faculties & with researchers to see how we can help, assist and guide.A move towards 24/7 is inevitable, but not the whole library space – just certain areas and limited services during the small hours!Less of a “service from behind the counter” interface.Triaging to do the initial interview to find out how best to provide our service. Triage can be done in a number of ways and even RFID can help – interactive boards on entry that change according to the viewer’s needsClever, simple way finding and signage – also using lighting, environmental design, colours, etc.Images:http://www.archdaily.com/14063/qantas-sydney-first-lounge/http://www.flickr.com/photos/building_ub/3038276269/
  • We need to meet differet needs: collaborative & individual spaces, noisy & quiet spaces, students and academics, researchers, and those unable to come to the Library.We want to personalise ourselves from the inside out – to expose the people who work here & make them all more visible & contactable.We’d like to offer more personalised and customisable consultation services too.Images:http://homepage.mac.com/sydamug/online/aug08/news_aug08.htmlhttp://www.sindark.com/2007/02/19/oxford-colleges-cataloged/
  • The vast scope of our goals in terms of the different spaces, hours and levels of access means that we need to reliable means of providing a secure environment for our clients, staff and collections.We’d really like to make our physical and digital services to work together in a truly integrated and mutually beneficial way. To complement each other.We are looking everywhere at new teaching & learning spaces and experiments.We’d like to showcase UTSeScholarship up front as we believe that is our future flagship.Images:http://fistswithyourtoes.blogs.com/fistswithyourtoes/2007/05/index.htmlhttp://www.cox.com.au/projects.aspx?projectId=3944&disciplineId=1208
  • Sustainability is a big aim and we want to get all of the dimensions correct: the building, the internal environment, carbon footprint, consumption, waste, recycling, procurement, staff and client behaviours. We want to model that in every way including the ways in which we interact with each other as colleagues and also with our clients.We believe we can create a fun environment that is functional and an attractive place to work in.Images:http://www.siteisight.com/green_project.html http://constructionblog.org/tag/green-buildinghttp://www.arnewde.com/architecture-design/architecture-building-of-surry-hills-library-and-community-centre-by-fjmt-architect/
  • In many ways some of our physical spaces are reflecting improved social engagement in the digital environment.Our community is the University community, but we must also be inclusive to some extent of our local community and an increasing reliance on industry and business partners and collaborators.All images from:http://cedirsd.uow.edu.au/ils/globe.aspx?type=2
  • We know our new spaces need to be adaptable and easily reconfigured as uses and tastes and purposes always change. We must be dynamic and so too must our building.Students too want flexible adaptable spaces that they can use for different purposes easily.Some spaces can cleverly stimulate things like noise regulation or collaboration just through well-chosen lighting, furniture and design.We are looking everywhere for simulating & inspiring ideas.Images:http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/NEW/NEW22.htmhttp://www.educause.edu/learningspacesch23http://digitaleskimo.net/blog/2009/09/02/bicycle-parking-and-repair-station-opens
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    • 1. Miscellaneous Connections
      the digital and institutional environments
      Mal Booth
      UTS Library, October 2009
    • 2. Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922 text)
      Contains Hazel Bell’s Wheatley Medal winning index.
      http://www.telawrence.info/telawrenceinfo/books/works.shtml#sp22
    • 3. Seven Pillars of WisdomThe ParallelText (1997)
      Collection of the Australian War Memorial, presented by the publishers, Jeremy Wilson & Nicole Helari
    • 4. A messy but connected collection of miscellaneous ideas, thoughts, images and links to places on the web and about some institutions
      Collaborators:
      @CathStyles @paulhagon @MissSophieMac @mhuston @lizholcombeall in Google Documents
      + Robyn Van Dyk & Alex Byrne by email
    • 5. If this doesn't work: blame them!
    • 6. It just doesn't make sense to chunk it up and put an arbitrary structure around stuff like this, so I won’t.Maybe that is why things like DAMS, ECM, WCM and EDRMS are so hard to do and so painful as experiences?I think we are trying to apply too many techniques and methods from the physical world in the digital world.
    • 7. Trying to put a physical taxonomic protocol on digital material either doesn't work at all or at best, not very well. It is too cumbersome, too slow, too costly, too restricted.There is no "right" way to do it because we cannot agree on the categories & because of the size of the problem and the time it takes to do things the old way (in unhelpful systems, adding formal metadata).
      http://www.researchchannel.org/prog/displayevent.aspx?fID=569&rID=16134  
    • 8. The web is too fluid, too dynamic. It is never finished; a work in progressWe are no longer limited by volume, storage, film, distance, membership, pages, chapters, paragraphs, the concept of the physical object, place, time or even ownershipAnd yes, we're struggling with that last one too - Copyright wasn't designed for a web platform
      http://frommelbin.blogspot.com/2009/10/cory-doctorow-on-copyright-open-access.html
    • 9. So what helps now?
      In addition to given subject headings, Dewey, & other taxonomies
      Tagging, playlists, hyperlinks, shared platforms & data, applications, mashups, ‘digital altruism’
      Is it really digital convergence or is it convergence of the best of the physical and digital worlds?
    • 10. . . . by letting users tag URLs and then aggregating those tags, we're going to be able to build alternate organizational systems, systems that, like the Web itself, do a better job of letting individuals create value for one another, often without realizing it.
      http://www.shirky.com/writings/ontology_overrated.html
      http://www.librarything.com/home/malboo 
      http://www.last.fm/home 
      http://delicious.com/malbooth 
    • 11. We're sharing knowledge & collaborating to do it (think Wikipedia)
      We're staying connected: social networks and the mobile web, micro-blogging
      We're helping & engaging with each other
      Examples from the film:
      http://www.couchsurfing.org/ 
      http://www.mumsnet.com/ 
      http://theps.net/
      http://watch.usnowfilm.com/
    • 12. Have you seen this?
      http://www.personalizemedia.com/garys-social-media-count/
       
    • 13. We're creating and sharing film, images, games, data and text more freely than ever
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/malbooth/sets/72157607919370856/
    • 14. We're sharing software and free applications to help all of the above, e.g. Echofon and Tweetdeck for iPhones
      http://www.linux.org.au/  
    • 15. We're having our say and we're reading what others have to say, not just traditional media & publishing
      http://www.google.com.au/reader/view/?hl=en&tab=wy#overview-page
      http://www.frommelbin.blogspot.com/
    • 16. We're figuring out new ways to trust each other and to judge authenticity
      http://www.ebay.com.au/
      http://sydney.craigslist.com.au/
    • 17. Institutions
      It is no longer adequate to wait for people to come to us: physically or via our homepages. Our content MUST be findable open and then we must get out to where the people are!
      Content is king, but clever access to content is God, no amount of content is good, if you can't access it.
      @paulhagon (NLA)
    • 18. We're freeing up our data (slowly) and allowing others to do clever things with it
      http://data.australia.gov.au/
      http://about.nsw.gov.au/
    • 19. Other stuff I like
      http://pandora.nla.gov.au/
    • 20. http://www.pictureaustralia.org/
    • 21. http://www.digitalnz.org/
    • 22. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/community/
    • 23. http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/war_diaries/cew_bean/
    • 24. http://www.flickr.com/commons
    • 25. http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/
    • 26. NewUTSLibraryservices: data curation, e-publishing, i-repositories (for research), & facilitating better rights management
      http://utsescholarship.lib.uts.edu.au/
    • 27. Librarians must continue to be proactive in their attempts to reach students and other researchers where they begin their search. 
      http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may07/lally/05lally.html
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sydney-Australia/UTS-Library/93282252430
      http://twitter.com/utslibrary
      http://www.youtube.com/user/UTSLibrary
      http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/news/*/*/*/feed
      http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/students/need-help 
    • 28. Library of the Future
      How we will get there
      Vodafone Electronics Tutor, Lisbon
    • 29. Automated Storage & retrieval system
      Specification development (now)
      Relegation policies & algorithms (soon)
      ASRS tender(s) from early 2010
      Excavation & build from 2011
      Plan decant & ingest from mid-2012
      Procure ASRS – late 2012
      Collection decant & tote load from Aug 2013
      Operational use of ASRS from Aug 2013?
    • 30. exemplars
      1. Service delivery
      • “Barefoot” librarians
      • 24/7 service
      • “Triage” or tiered levels of service
      • Client & staff circulation and interaction
      • Use of furniture or space design that helps or facilitates improved service
      • Way finding & signage
      Qantas Sydney
      First lounge
      Faculty hub concept, US
    • 31. exemplars
      2. Personalised or customised services
      • Spaces designed specifically to meet target groups or individuals
      • Personalised services
      • Consultation services
      Codrington Library, All Souls, Oxford
    • 32. exemplars
      3. New physical and virtual spaces & integration of those
      • Security initiatives and access regulation
      • 33. Evidence of the physical and digital spaces working together
      • 34. New teaching & learning spaces, group study spaces, training facilities
      • 35. Staff office spaces or other concepts
      • 36. Showcasing eScholarship
      Top: “reactable”, tangible multi-touch interface.
      Bottom: AMP office refurbishment, Sydney
    • 37. And while all of these sustainable operational initiatives are important and commendable, they are really just the tip of the iceberg. What is really important is the impact companies have on the world in terms of the actual work they do.
      The actions we inspire, enable and facilitate are by far the biggest part of our ecological footprint, that’s the chunk of the iceberg under the waterline . . .
      Dave Gravina, Digital Eskimo
      exemplars
      4. Sustainability
      • Green initiatives
      • 38. Affect on the environment
      • 39. How is staff participation encouraged?
      • 40. Creating a fun environment to work in
      Green City Council building, Melbourne
      SYNTHe roof garden,
      Los Angeles
      Surry Hills
      Library & Community Centre.
    • 41. exemplars
      5. Social interaction, collaboration and networking (“community”)
      • Space & furniture design
      • 42. Lighting
      • 43. Inclusion of other facilities (eg. cafes)
      • 44. Evidence of a community being encouraged
      UQ Engineering learning commons.
      Left: Listening Lounge in atrium Murray State U.
      Right: Forest Science Centre, UBC.
    • 45. exemplars
      6. Flexibility & other innovation/experimentation
      New Macquarie Bank HQ.
      • Easily reconfigurable or repurposed spaces
      • 46. Multi-purpose spaces
      • 47. Spaces that differ between night & day
      • 48. Behaviour stimulation?
      • 49. Creative spatial experiments!
      Bike parking & repairs @ Digital Eskimo
      “Box” innovation lab @ the London School of Economics.
    • 50. Image credits:
      http://www-lib.icu.ac.jp/ASRS/index-e.htm
      http://www.archdaily.com/14063/qantas-sydney-first-lounge/
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/building_ub/3038276269/
      http://fistswithyourtoes.blogs.com/fistswithyourtoes/2007/05/index.html
      http://www.cox.com.au/projects.aspx?projectId=3944&disciplineId=1208
      http://www.siteisight.com/green_project.html
      http://constructionblog.org/tag/green-building
      http://www.arnewde.com/architecture-design/architecture-building-of-surry-hills-library-and-community-centre-by-fjmt-architect/
      http://cedirsd.uow.edu.au/ils/globe.aspx?type=2
      http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/NEW/NEW22.htm
      http://www.educause.edu/learningspacesch23
      http://digitaleskimo.net/blog/2009/09/02/bicycle-parking-and-repair-station-opens
      My profile can be found here:
      http://www.google.com/profiles/mal.booth 

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