Wrapping up the Forecasting the Next-Gen Libary course-ference


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My closing talk to the Forecasting the Next-Gen Libary course-ference, hosted by Carthage Conference. I sum up discussions over the past few months, then offer a couple of thoughts at the end.

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Wrapping up the Forecasting the Next-Gen Libary course-ference

  1. 1. The Carthage College Courseference Wrap-up
  2. 2. Communities of practice Research Joint projects Outreach
  3. 3. Network platform: events f2f/online Partnerships Translation
  4. 4. https://plus.google.com/photos/at/107844162817188153504?hl=en
  5. 5. 1. Future scenarios 2. Student culture 3. Higher education 4. Technology 5. Publishing 6. Reflections
  6. 6. Social dimension:  Diversity of served populations  Cross-population collaboration Riptide of change  Growing multiplicity of options  Intelligence  Library as changing space › environment: Hamilton College › Abolish the ref desk: Ganski & Beaulieu
  7. 7. “Avoid winning a Darwin Award: that’s our goal.”  Proactive leadership, beyond reaction  Entrepreneurial funding approaches  Innovation requires holistic commitment, not the work of an individual staffer
  8. 8. Collection development needs flipping Diversity of populations served Open access K-12, adult learner role
  9. 9. Librarians have changed 1st, not 2nd career Less regionally bound Constant retraining Learning to stop doing some things Generation gap
  10. 10. Compare with ARL scenarios (http://bit.ly/14aGlk4)
  11. 11. Diverse population ›first-gen, military, adult learners ›Web culture/generation (“so far ahead of us”) ›Boomers ›US vs international
  12. 12. How to do outreach/marketing? On-site service to help distant learners “we have not yet hit the nadir of perceived library value”
  13. 13. Desire for open content Prosumer angle: what value does a library receive from its users? Spaces: 24/7, recording studio, gaming center, rave venue, place of discovery (Mary Spio)
  14. 14. Major trends in higher education  demographics: state decline  internationalizing students, curriculum  "post-traditional learner" - need to repackage education differently  bad national conversation  K-12 prep issues
  15. 15. How do library changes impact higher ed? library makes learning better, deeper; supports flipped classroom Library has to be everything to everybody; space + values
  16. 16. Libraries migrating to digital world  deep desire to maintain library's human face  digital preservation  faculty-driven initiatives  library as site for additional digital tools
  17. 17. Research and scholarly publication  support scholarly mission, esp access  open access, pro and contra  library as filter for scholarly work  "one of the great debates" in academia: digital scholarship › what is scholarly material? how is it viewed?
  18. 18. Drive to jazz up library space (food, music, yoga, makerspace , puppet videos) Or “the need for a building will simply disappear” (Jill Strass)
  19. 19. empowered users; consumer side "libraries are niche players on the information landscape“ (Terry Reese) privacy information: open vs silo digital divide
  20. 20.  "would really like to slow things down" (Aaron Frank, Caroline Reed)  “mobile technologies… that is where students live a good portion of their lives” (Stephen Ford)  Libraries educate on “how technology is affecting privacy” (Kim Miller)  Print-ebook combo (Kevin Lubick, Caroline Reed)
  21. 21. Print->digital shift Multiplying venues, digital + print, scholarly + trade Digital sustainability challenges Two Cultures audience divide (Kathleen Keane)
  22. 22. Responses "Why would a journal article on- line cost about $30 and a song on iTunes cost 99 cents?" (Carol Sabbar) Sympathy
  23. 23. Media production
  24. 24. Demographic medium-term strategy
  25. 25. Closing some doors
  26. 26. Anticipating the future
  27. 27. The Courseference http://www.nextgenlibraries.org - Bryan Alexander http://bryanalexander.org