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Why Learning about Emerging Technologies is part of  every librarian’s job Kathryn Greenhill Murdoch University Library Ka...
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<ul><li>Disruptive change has happened </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians adapting so libraries can thrive </li></ul><ul><li>Eme...
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Disruptive change has already happened Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Clock: World Time  Uploaded to Flcikr on  July 3, 2007  by  pouwerkerk   <ul><li>24 / 7 </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill  http:...
Read / write web <ul><li>Pencil Fun 1  Uploaded to Flickr on  April 3, 2007  by  alandd   </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill  htt...
Social Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Hive Mind <ul><li>Bee Hive  Uploaded to Flickr on  December 3, 2006  by  Somerslea   </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill  http://l...
Mashups <ul><li>Granny wants to Mashup ?  Uploaded to Flickr on  May 10, 2007  by  psd   </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill  http...
Perpetual beta <ul><li>LOGO 2.0 Part II  Uploaded to Flickr on  February 20, 2006  by  Stabilo oss   </li></ul>Kathryn Gre...
Web as platform <ul><li>Internet café in Bangkok  Uploaded to Flickr on  June 17, 2007  by  sara y tzunky   </li></ul>Kath...
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
<ul><li>Scale  Uploaded on  February 1, 2007  by  blmurch   </li></ul>Changes the balance of power between library and use...
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Positive attributes for librarians <ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Protection </li></ul><u...
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Positive attributes for librarians <ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous learning </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creation...
One response Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
7 August  – 6 October  2006 Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
16 June – 11 August 2006 Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
16 September 2007 – 12 December 2007 Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
24 October 2008 – 16 December 2008 Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Disruptive change is never easy Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Making it easier ? Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Objections Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
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Then ... Give them the reasons Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
The reasons Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
1. Core business Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
2. Increased productivity Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
3. Find out what other librarians are doing Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
4. International perspective Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
5. Understanding all formats Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
6. Our skills are useful tagging metadata indexing data-mining Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
7. Dealing with vendors Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
8. Dealing with IT departments Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
9. Understanding redefinition of our core concerns Copyright Plagiarism Authority Privacy Scholarship Community Kathryn Gr...
10. Managing tech-savvy workers Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
11 Match user needs to new possibilities Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
12. Professional clients required to keep up Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
13. Experimentation increases skills Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
14. Fun Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
Finding time Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
1. Cheat club Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
2. Buddy up - mentor Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
3. Sign Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
4. Phone a teenager Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
5. Float your own boat Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
6. 15 minutes per day Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
7. Take it one week at a time Kathryn Greenhill  http://librariansmatter.com
<ul><li>1. Disruptive change has happened. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Librarians need to adapt so libraries can thrive. </li></u...
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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

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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  • Awesome! You've said all I meant to say. Thanks!!
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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. 1. Why Learning about Emerging Technologies is part of every librarian’s job Kathryn Greenhill Murdoch University Library Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  2. 2. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  3. 3. <ul><li>Disruptive change has happened </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians adapting so libraries can thrive </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging Technology learning programs </li></ul><ul><li>Making cultural change easier </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21 Reasons why </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Time </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  5. 5. Disruptive change has already happened Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  6. 6. Clock: World Time Uploaded to Flcikr on July 3, 2007 by pouwerkerk <ul><li>24 / 7 </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  7. 7. Read / write web <ul><li>Pencil Fun 1 Uploaded to Flickr on April 3, 2007 by alandd </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  8. 8. Social Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  9. 9. Hive Mind <ul><li>Bee Hive Uploaded to Flickr on December 3, 2006 by Somerslea </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  10. 10. Mashups <ul><li>Granny wants to Mashup ? Uploaded to Flickr on May 10, 2007 by psd </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  11. 11. Perpetual beta <ul><li>LOGO 2.0 Part II Uploaded to Flickr on February 20, 2006 by Stabilo oss </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  12. 12. Web as platform <ul><li>Internet café in Bangkok Uploaded to Flickr on June 17, 2007 by sara y tzunky </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  13. 13. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  14. 14. <ul><li>Scale Uploaded on February 1, 2007 by blmurch </li></ul>Changes the balance of power between library and user Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  17. 17. Positive attributes for librarians <ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization </li></ul><ul><li>Custodianship </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance to change </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  21. 21. Positive attributes for librarians <ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous learning </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creation </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with users </li></ul><ul><li>Freeing up data </li></ul><ul><li>Remixing </li></ul><ul><li>Know resources owned elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  22. 22. One response Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  23. 23. 7 August – 6 October 2006 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  25. 25. 16 June – 11 August 2006 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  26. 26. 16 September 2007 – 12 December 2007 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  27. 27. 24 October 2008 – 16 December 2008 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  31. 31. Disruptive change is never easy Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  32. 32. Making it easier ? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  33. 33. Objections Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  42. 42. Managers Hands On Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  44. 44. Then ... Give them the reasons Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  45. 45. The reasons Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  46. 46. 1. Core business Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  47. 47. 2. Increased productivity Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  48. 48. 3. Find out what other librarians are doing Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  49. 49. 4. International perspective Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  50. 50. 5. Understanding all formats Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  51. 51. 6. Our skills are useful tagging metadata indexing data-mining Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  52. 52. 7. Dealing with vendors Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  53. 53. 8. Dealing with IT departments Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  54. 54. 9. Understanding redefinition of our core concerns Copyright Plagiarism Authority Privacy Scholarship Community Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  55. 55. 10. Managing tech-savvy workers Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  56. 56. 11 Match user needs to new possibilities Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  57. 57. 12. Professional clients required to keep up Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  58. 58. 13. Experimentation increases skills Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  59. 59. 14. Fun Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  60. 60. Finding time Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  61. 61. 1. Cheat club Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  62. 62. 2. Buddy up - mentor Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  63. 63. 3. Sign Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  64. 64. 4. Phone a teenager Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  65. 65. 5. Float your own boat Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  66. 66. 6. 15 minutes per day Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  67. 67. 7. Take it one week at a time Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  68. 68. <ul><li>1. Disruptive change has happened. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Librarians need to adapt so libraries can thrive. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Commit to learning emerging technologies – try a learning programme. </li></ul><ul><li>4. It is about disruptive change to institutional culture, not about learning tools. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Forget “training”. You can’t keep up. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Listen to objections. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Address objections. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Managers demonstrate hands-on buy-in. </li></ul><ul><li>9. *then* provide reasons for learning. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Provide hints for finding time. </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  70. 70. Media credits <ul><li>Uncredited items created by Kathryn Greenhill. </li></ul><ul><li>Obvious screenshots not credited </li></ul><ul><li>Some images are credited on the slide itself. </li></ul><ul><li>All images below are released under a Creative Commons License. </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 4: Backroom Disaster (3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelinlibrarian/230967982/ Uploaded to Flickr on September 1, 2006 by Travelin' Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 15: Axolotl http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanhein/2334599127/ Uploaded to Flickr on March 16, 2008 by Ethan Hein </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 16: Medieval Scriptorium : Harry Ransom Centre The University of Texas at Austin http:// www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/html/2.html </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 19 Reading Devices http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdk/2922938436/ Uploaded to Flickr on October 8, 2008 by sdk </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 28: Dog Training - Jan 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/airwaves1/3225953904/ Uploaded to Flickr on January 26, 2009 by airwaves1 </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 29: In My Backpack http ://flickr.com/photos/katej/1043510993/ Uploaded to Flickr on August 8, 2007 by kate e. did </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 30: Water On My Hands http://www.flickr.com/photos/paseodelsur/111784308/ Uploaded to Flickr on March 13, 2006 by carlosluis </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>SLIDE 40: My &quot;Bad Day at Work&quot; Picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuriousoranj/370460446/ Uploaded to Flickr on January 27, 2007 by Grace Fell </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com

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