Libraries: Evolution, Revolution and the Two Kinds of Extinction Stephen Abram, MLS Education Institute Webinar March 16, 2011
“Don’t you know what a library is for? It’s to prevent us from making damn fools of ourselves.” George Locke Chief Librarian 1908-1937 Toronto Public Library, quoted in the Toronto Star April 3, 1982 Are Your Strategies Frozen in Time? Are they Based On Incremental Change? Are they Responding to Future Challenges or Past Pain?
Strategy is a Choice. . . To be a victim and feel these changes are fated and blamestorm OR Create the future we need and take collective responsibility for the conversation and development of the future. Find Reasons not Excuses.
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.
The Baker’s Dozen Health and Wellness / Community Health / Nutrition / Diet / Recovery DIY Do It Yourself Activities and Car Repair Genealogy Test prep (SAT, ACT, occupational tests, etc. etc.) Legal Questions (including family law, divorce, adoption, etc) Hobbies, Games and Gardening Local History Consumer reviews (Choosing a car, appliance, etc.) Homework Help (grade school) Technology Skills (software, hardware, web) Government Programs, Services and Taxation Self-help/personal development Careers (jobs, counselling, etc.)
Must do actually 1. Know what your users are doing and why. (analyze your data, choose the top 5… & focus) 2. Focus on the user psycho-graphics – their goals from their point of view. 3. Invest in Knowledge Portals that support your user’s goals (in person and virtually) 4. Rise above Collecting and truly Support Reading and Research. Build on the foundation. 5. Be VERY comfortable with the devices. All of them. 5.