Libraries: Evolution, Revolution and the Two Kinds of Extinction<br />Stephen Abram, MLS<br />Education Institute Webinar<br />March 16, 2011<br />
“Don’t you know what <br />a library is for?<br />It’s to prevent us from<br />making damn fools<br />of ourselves.”<br />George Locke<br />Chief Librarian<br />1908-1937<br />Toronto Public Library, <br />quoted in the<br />Toronto Star<br />April 3, 1982<br />Are Your Strategies Frozen in Time?<br />Are they Based On Incremental Change?<br />Are they Responding to Future Challenges or Past Pain? <br />
Strategy is a Choice. . .<br />To be a victim and feel these changes are fated and blamestorm<br />OR<br />Create the future we need and take collective responsibility for the conversation and development of the future.<br />Find Reasons not Excuses.<br />
But, 81% still use Google.</li></li></ul><li>2010 Eduventures Research on Investments<br /><ul><li>58% of instructors believe that technology in courses positively impacts student engagement.
71% of instructors that rated student engagement levels as “high” as a result of using technology in courses.
71% of students who are employed full-time and 77% of students who are employed part-time prefer more technology-based tools in the classroom.
79% of instructors and 86 percent of students have seen the average level of engagement improve over the last year as they have increased their use of digital educational tools.
87% of students believe online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning.
62% identify blogs, wikis, and other online authoring tools while 59% identify YouTube and recorded lectures.
E-books and e-textbooks impact overall learning among 50% of students surveyed, while 42% of students identify online portals.
44% of instructors believe that online libraries and databases will have the greatest impact on student engagement.
32% of instructors identify e-textbooks and 30% identify interactive homework solutions as having the potential to improve engagement and learning outcomes. (e-readers was 11%)
49% of students believe that online libraries and databases will have the greatest impact on student engagement.
Students are more optimistic about the potential for technology.</li></li></ul><li>The Baker’s Dozen<br />Health and Wellness / Community Health / Nutrition / Diet / Recovery<br />DIY Do It Yourself Activities and Car Repair<br />Genealogy <br />Test prep (SAT, ACT, occupational tests, etc. etc.)<br />Legal Questions (including family law, divorce, adoption, etc)<br />Hobbies, Games and Gardening<br />Local History<br />Consumer reviews (Choosing a car, appliance, etc.)<br />Homework Help (grade school)<br />Technology Skills (software, hardware, web)<br />Government Programs, Services and Taxation<br />Self-help/personal development<br />Careers (jobs, counselling, etc.)<br />
Economic Impact &n Infrastructure</li></li></ul><li>5 Things To Do<br />
Must do actually<br />1. Know what your users are doing and why. (analyze your data, choose the top 5… & focus)<br />2. Focus on the user psycho-graphics – their goals from their point of view.<br />3. Invest in Knowledge Portals that support your user’s goals (in person and virtually)<br />4. Rise above Collecting and truly Support Reading and Research. Build on the foundation.<br />5. Be VERY comfortable with the devices. All of them.<br />5. <br />