Why learning about Emerging Technologies is part of every librarian's Job

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Copy of the accompanying paper can be downloaded from: http://librariansmatter.com/published/EducauseAustralia09/GreenhillEmergingTechReasonsRevised.doc …

Copy of the accompanying paper can be downloaded from: http://librariansmatter.com/published/EducauseAustralia09/GreenhillEmergingTechReasonsRevised.doc

In the last two years, several libraries have conducted formal learning programmes to familiarise staff with emerging technologies. Learning about new technologies should not begin and end with a formal learning programme, but should become part of every librarian’s job.

As staff learn about disruptive new web tools, then it is likely that the workplace will change to become a more flexible and nimble environment – reflecting the rapid change and flexibility that is happening online. Managers should be prepared for this, and for resistance to this change.

There are several objections staff raise when asked to make time for learning about new technologies in their already overcrowded day. Anyone implementing a staff learning programme needs to listen to these objections with respect and try to address these concerns.

If library staff understand why they should learn about emerging technologies, then they are more likely to find time to do so. This paper outlines twenty one reasons why learning about emerging technologies is part of every librarian’s job.

The paper concludes by offering some techniques for motivated staff to find time to learn about new technologies – either in a formal programme or as personal and professional development

Presented at Educause Australasia 2009, Perth Western Australia 5 May 2009

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  • This is just great moral support for librarians who want to inspire management and peers to try emerging technologies! Tools you can use.
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  • I have just found this by mistake!!! I am training to become a librarian (at the age of 50!!!) and am interested in how these new technologies are being used in the context of the library. I am teaching myself how to use the 'social network' - facebook, twitter etc and am interested how these could be used re. interaction with library users. I enjoyed listening to this 'slide show' - it has been very informative.....now I need to find out how I got here!!!!
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  • Great stuff. Thanks Kathryn.
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  • Wonderful Presentation Kathryn, thanks for sharing. The content and supporting graphics are a knockout. Informative AND inspiring!
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  • 1. Why Learning about Emerging Technologies is part of every librarian’s job Kathryn Greenhill Murdoch University Library Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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    • Disruptive change has happened
    • Librarians adapting so libraries can thrive
    • Emerging Technology learning programs
    • Making cultural change easier
      • Objections
      • Management role
    • 21 Reasons why
    • Finding Time
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  • 5. Disruptive change has already happened Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 6. Clock: World Time Uploaded to Flcikr on July 3, 2007 by pouwerkerk
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  • 7. Read / write web
    • Pencil Fun 1 Uploaded to Flickr on April 3, 2007 by alandd
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  • 8. Social Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 9. Hive Mind
    • Bee Hive Uploaded to Flickr on December 3, 2006 by Somerslea
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  • 10. Mashups
    • Granny wants to Mashup ? Uploaded to Flickr on May 10, 2007 by psd
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  • 11. Perpetual beta
    • LOGO 2.0 Part II Uploaded to Flickr on February 20, 2006 by Stabilo oss
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  • 12. Web as platform
    • Internet café in Bangkok Uploaded to Flickr on June 17, 2007 by sara y tzunky
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    • Scale Uploaded on February 1, 2007 by blmurch
    Changes the balance of power between library and user Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  • 17. Positive attributes for librarians
    • Control
    • Consistency
    • Protection
    • Preservation
    • Standardization
    • Custodianship
    • Resistance to change
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  • 21. Positive attributes for librarians
    • Flexibility
    • Continuous learning
    • Co-creation
    • Partnership with users
    • Freeing up data
    • Remixing
    • Know resources owned elsewhere
    • Conversation
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  • 22. One response Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 23. 7 August – 6 October 2006 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  • 25. 16 June – 11 August 2006 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 26. 16 September 2007 – 12 December 2007 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 27. 24 October 2008 – 16 December 2008 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  • 31. Disruptive change is never easy Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 32. Making it easier ? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 33. Objections Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  • 42. Managers Hands On Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  • 44. Then ... Give them the reasons Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 45. The reasons Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 46. 1. Core business Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 47. 2. Increased productivity Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 48. 3. Find out what other librarians are doing Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 49. 4. International perspective Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 50. 5. Understanding all formats Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 51. 6. Our skills are useful tagging metadata indexing data-mining Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 52. 7. Dealing with vendors Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 53. 8. Dealing with IT departments Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 54. 9. Understanding redefinition of our core concerns Copyright Plagiarism Authority Privacy Scholarship Community Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 55. 10. Managing tech-savvy workers Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 56. 11 Match user needs to new possibilities Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 57. 12. Professional clients required to keep up Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 58. 13. Experimentation increases skills Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 59. 14. Fun Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 60. Finding time Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 61. 1. Cheat club Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 62. 2. Buddy up - mentor Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 63. 3. Sign Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 64. 4. Phone a teenager Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 65. 5. Float your own boat Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 66. 6. 15 minutes per day Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  • 67. 7. Take it one week at a time Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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    • 1. Disruptive change has happened.
    • 2. Librarians need to adapt so libraries can thrive.
    • 3. Commit to learning emerging technologies – try a learning programme.
    • 4. It is about disruptive change to institutional culture, not about learning tools.
    • 5. Forget “training”. You can’t keep up.
    • 6. Listen to objections.
    • 7. Address objections.
    • 8. Managers demonstrate hands-on buy-in.
    • 9. *then* provide reasons for learning.
    • 10. Provide hints for finding time.
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  • 70. Media credits
    • Uncredited items created by Kathryn Greenhill.
    • Obvious screenshots not credited
    • Some images are credited on the slide itself.
    • All images below are released under a Creative Commons License.
    • SLIDE 4: Backroom Disaster (3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelinlibrarian/230967982/ Uploaded to Flickr on September 1, 2006 by Travelin' Librarian
    • SLIDE 15: Axolotl http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanhein/2334599127/ Uploaded to Flickr on March 16, 2008 by Ethan Hein
    • Slide 16: Medieval Scriptorium : Harry Ransom Centre The University of Texas at Austin http:// www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/html/2.html
    • Slide18: Image from the post: Better than Free , Kevin Kelly, 31 January 2008, http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/01/better_than_fre.php
    • Slide 19 Reading Devices http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdk/2922938436/ Uploaded to Flickr on October 8, 2008 by sdk
    • Slide 24: S, Minerva. (2008 ) Learning 2.0 Throughout the World: A map of libraries who have participated in the Learning 2.0 programme created by Helene Blowers at PLCMC http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101962518196533878534.000001122a2490d657a64
    • Slide 28: Dog Training - Jan 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/airwaves1/3225953904/ Uploaded to Flickr on January 26, 2009 by airwaves1
    • Slide 29: In My Backpack http ://flickr.com/photos/katej/1043510993/ Uploaded to Flickr on August 8, 2007 by kate e. did
    • SLIDE 30: Water On My Hands http://www.flickr.com/photos/paseodelsur/111784308/ Uploaded to Flickr on March 13, 2006 by carlosluis
    • SLIDES 34 – 39: 69 Minifig Bloggers #2: Cory Doctorow http://www.flickr.com/photos/minifig/363878274/ Uploaded to Flickr on January 21, 2007 by minifig
    • SLIDE 40: My "Bad Day at Work" Picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuriousoranj/370460446/ Uploaded to Flickr on January 27, 2007 by Grace Fell
    • Slide 41 SR Picture Project http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuriousoranj/428227036/in/set-72157594425755383/ Uploaded to Flickr on March 21, 2007 by Grace Fell
    Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com