Tech-Savvy Trustees: Advocating for the Library’s Technology Needs

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Presented as the closing keynote for the 2013 Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference on 17 January 2013.

Presented as the closing keynote for the 2013 Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference on 17 January 2013.

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  • Let’s talk about your use of tech
  • Assumptions:You need you own computerYou need to have access at homeYou need to pay for e-mailThere are those that believe trustees should be required to have an e-mail address…
  • Internet ExplorerFirefoxChrome
  • Wall Public Library, Wall, SD
  • The latest Pew Internet report – Mobile Connections to Libraries – gives us some info about the critical tasks for library websites.82% of them searched the library catalog for books (including audiobooks and e-books), CDs, and DVDs.72% got basic library information such as the hours of operation, location of branches, or directions.62% reserved books (including audiobooks and e-books), CDs, and DVDs.51% renewed a book, DVD, or CD. Those ages 30-49 and parents of minor children are especially likely to have done this.51% used an online database. Those ages 18-29 are particularly likely to have done this.48% looked for information about library programs or events. Those ages 50-64 are especially likely to do this.44% got research or homework help.30% read book reviews or got book recommendations.30% checked whether they owed fines or paid the fines online. Those ages 30-49 are particularly likely to have done this.27% signed up for library programs and events.22% borrowed or downloaded an e-book.6% reserved a meeting room.
  • Using the iPad for reference services:Librarians go mobileMegan Lotts and Stephanie Graveshttp://crln.acrl.org/content/72/4/217.fulliPads Replace Desktop Computers at North Shore Public Libraryhttp://aaolibrary.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/ipads-replace-desktop-computers-at-north-shore-public-library/
  • Facts:105 eBooks purchased to 100 print books (PEW)Issues:Multiple platformsLicensing, not purchasingAvailability problemsPricing problemsTraining (staff & public)Budget issues
  • I’m still waiting for my jet pack!
  • https://leapmotion.com/$69.99Coming built-in on Asus laptops in 2013
  • Bre Pettis with the new Makerbot Replicator™ (Jan 2012)http://www.makerbot.com/Replicator 2 -> $2199 (Steel frame)
  • these young people!As this up-to-date steel engraving shows, they go to the park and spend all their time texting! Say, these trees are a lot younger-looking than I remember. Source: A Century of PUNCH Cartoons, page 164, Simon & Schuster, Inc. © 1955 by Bradbury, Agnew & Company, Ltd., and reproduced for illustrative or review purposes.http://www.flickr.com/photos/kipw/8376981950/
  • Access:Who? Age restrictions? Number of people per computer? Fines?Filtering: Do you or don’t you?WiFi: Open access? Passworded? After hours?
  • Top 5: 5-part online series for boards starting in MarchNCompass Live: Weekly live show, recorded, watched by librarians from all over the world. Google it.Friday Videos: Originally as staff training but also go on our blog.In-service:small library in Nebraska closes for half-a-day once a month for staff training. Got board approval to do so. Does the board attend?
  • Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer.

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  • 1. TECH-SAVVY TRUSTEES:ADVOCATING FOR THELIBRARY’S TECHNOLOGYNEEDSIowa Small Libraries Online Conference17 January 2013
  • 2. A little about me:• Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission• Trainer and speaker for librarians, library staff and trustees of all types since 1995• Published Author• Semi-professional Photographer• All-around geek• Book lover and collector• Computer in every room in my home (except the bathrooms) including more than 9 TB of network storage
  • 3. Friends of the Aurora Public Library board, 2006Aurora Public Library board, 2006
  • 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/67165210@N00/5051300213/
  • 5. YOU‟RE NEVER TOOLD TO LEARN http://www.flickr.com/photos/99731535@N00/68375339/
  • 6. E-MAIL http://www.flickr.com/photos/91684081@N00/140880752/
  • 7. WEB BROWSERS http://www.flickr.com/photos/42875184@N08/7991125444/
  • 8. TYPES OF INTERNET CONNECTIONS ► Home ► Dial-up ► DSL ► Cable ► Library ► Dial-up ► DSL ► Cable ► T1 ► Fiber http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwwresnet/7536269222/
  • 9. LIBRARYTECHNOLOGY 101
  • 10. ► Public Access Computers► Staff Computers► Servers► Catalog► Web Site► Power Outlets► WiFi► Public TrainingS.O.P.
  • 11. TODAY‟S ISSUES
  • 12. SOCIAL MEDIA
  • 13. MOBILE SERVICE ACCESS http://www.flickr.com/photos/42875184@N08/7621208492/
  • 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/elonuniversity/4561253759/
  • 15. MOBILESERVICEDELIVERY
  • 16. E-BOOKS &E-READERS http://www.flickr.com/photos/38305415@N00/6966883093/
  • 17. FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES http://www.flickr.com/photos/tekf/3509155200/
  • 18. THE NAME OF THE GAMEIS CHANGE! http://www.flickr.com/photos/10620680@N08/
  • 19. THE LEAPMOTION CONTROLLER
  • 20. 3D PRINTERS &MAKER SPACES http://www.flickr.com/photos/37067822@N05/6667677037/
  • 21. PROJECT GLASS
  • 22. ► “It should be stamped out „…the computer is not for library use; that all the promises offered in its name are completely fraudulent; and that not only is it extremely expensive compared to other methods at this time, but that it will become increasingly expensive in the future; that it has been wrapped so completely in an aura of unreason that fine intelligences are completely uprooted when talking about it; that its use in a library weakens the library as a whole by draining off large sums of money for a small return; and that it should be stamped out.” –Ellsworth Mason, “Along the Academic Way,” Library Journal, May 15, 1971″► “Almost every [survey] respondent mentioned the tremendously increased use of the telephone for asking reference questions, especially by business men, and some complain that it interferes with proper search for those who visit the library. The parking problem is also thought to contribute to telephone reference work. The blight of quiz and puzzle patrons is referred to and the serious problem which the present to all reference departments is noted.” –Rose B. Phelps, “Reference Services in Public Libraries: The Last Quarter Century”, Wilson Library Bulletin, December 1957SAME AS IT EVER WAS
  • 23. IOWA PUBLIC LIBRARY STANDARDS6. (Tier 1) The library board adopts four requiredwritten policies – circulation, collectiondevelopment, personnel, and Internet use.42. (Tier 3)The library maintains a currentWebsite or similar online presence.43. The library budgets for computerreplacement on a regular basis.15. (Tier 3 ) All members of the libraryboard of trustees participate incontinuing education eachyear.
  • 24. ► Access► Filtering► WiFiINTERNET POLICIES
  • 25. ► Web Site► Computer replacement► Bandwidth upgrades► New technologiesTECHNOLOGYPLANNING http://www.flickr.com/photos/7702002@N08/2388263427/
  • 26. Iowa Nebraska Online► State C.E. catalog ► NCompass Live ► United for Libraries► Monday Morning Eye-Opener ► Friday Videos ► WebJunction newsletter ► In-service► Trustees‟ listserv► Trustees Top 5: Library Board International Responsibilities. ► Big Talk From Small Libraries CONTINUING EDUCATION
  • 27. Michael Sauersmsauers@travelinlibrarian.infohttp://www.travelinlibrarian.info/@msauers+Michael Sauershttp://delicious.com/travelinlibrarian/ISLOC2013THANK YOU!