The Big Picture: Trends, Technology and Beyond in Libraries Stephen Abram, MLS Florida Library Directors Tallahassee, FL Oct. 13, 2011 These slides are available at Stephen’s Lighthouse blog
Change: Are libraries Future Ready? Reducing Suspense: And the answer is . . . . MAYBE
Strategic Choice Are there too many choices? Will disagreements about the future freeze the process?
se·duc·tion (s-dkshn) n.1. a. The act of seducing.b. The condition of being seduced.2. Something that seduces or has the qualities to seduce; an enticement.[Latin sducti, sductin-, from sductus, past participle of sdcere, to lead astray : s-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + dcere, to lead; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.]
News Flash “The Internet and technology have now progressed to their infancy”
7 Gifts to Libraries, Publishers & Booksellers The book isn’t dead or dying. It is evolving. Our users/customers are improving. Technology is going social and can support social acts. The PC isn’t dead, but, again, it’s evolving and more mobile. We know more about our customers than ever before. Talent, Insight, Community, have social value. Opportunities always exist more in times of change
Why do people read? To learn To engage in hearing other’s opinions (to agree or disagree or understand) To develop more knowledge about myself and develop as a whole person To be entertained and laugh, to engage and interact To address boredom and the inexorable progress of time To research and keep up-to-date To participate well in civil society (everything from news to voting) To be informed (and maybe smarter) To understand others (individually and culturally) To escape our day-to-day lives To stimulate the imagination and be inspired or spiritual To write and communicate better through reading others To teach To have something to talk about To connect with like-minded people
Questions for Libraries & Publishers Today: Are our priorities right? Are learning, research, discovery changing materially and what is actually changing? Books. Meh. What is the role of information and recreational reading in the real future (that is not an extension of the past)? Are we for the 21st Century world that will be or the 20th Century one that was?