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Libraries and Revolution:  Challenges for the 21st Century Chris Batt OBE [email_address]
If the technology works, something should happen now
“ This is not a library, this is a revolution” From librarian to knowledge warrior Designing the future for public librari...
150+ Years of Social Revolution 1850 2007
The Beginnings of Universal Education 1850 The price of a book Newspapers and magazines Other media 60 hours work 1,700 None
The price of a book Newspapers and magazines Other media 10 hours 10,000 Cinema, Radio, TV (one channel only) The Birth of...
The price of a book Newspapers and magazines Other media 20 minutes 190,000 +500 TV channels, The Google Age 2007 Internet...
An Age of Uncertainty Individual in the global community From universe to multiverse Rapid innovation Speed of technologic...
Can libraries continue to be active agents for change and development? chrisbatt   CONSULTING
Connections Collections/content Customers/audiences Prior Knowledge Value Chain The Enlightenment Gallery, British Museum ...
The Digital Enlightenment Gallery? The Land of Informed Bewilderment?
Collections/content Connections Customers/audiences Learning Journeys into the Unknown
The Search Engine Paradox <ul><li>The convenience store for information </li></ul><ul><li>The doorway is easy to open </li...
The Knowledge Society A Universal Right to Knowledge Learning is for Life
In the Knowledge Society, knowledge supports… Information diversity  Creativity and innovation Knowledge economy and enter...
How to empower every person to want to learn and discover more about the world, every day
Knowledge Learning for life Library Power Aggregating Storing Describing Disclosing Trusted Community closeness Discovery ...
Where are the Knowledge Warriors? Where do we find Conan the Librarian?
Challenges for the 21 st  Century Librarian (knowledge worker?) chrisbatt   CONSULTING Service Value Chain Personal Values
Love  Learning Challenge 1
Learning is NOT the same as education Learning is a life skill Learning must be the heart of the library mission In the kn...
Challenge 2 Build Bridges
“ Learning is a quest not a commodity” Neil Postman
Bridges are tools of connection Connecting people to knowledge, culture and to ideas Reaching new audiences Enabling learn...
Online Resource Community  Place Library Foundations of bridge building Development Agency
Challenge 3 Be Streetwise
“ The street will find its own uses for things” William Gibson
Closeness to communities is a most under-promoted strength User/audience focus is fundamental People need help and guidanc...
Topping Fold Library - community engagement in action Run-down library in a severely deprived community A manager committe...
Challenge 4 Be Revolutionaries
Challenge traditional models Do the organisational structures work? Are there new skills needed in your team? What do you ...
Five-year vision  Access for all Convergence  www.mla.gov.uk Social impact Global and cultural memories Raw material of th...
What should the relationship be between the public library and other knowledge and learning institutions?
 
Challenge 5 Act With Passion
“ If you cannot speak with passion about the value of what you do, who do you think will do it for you?” It must be passio...
 
Libraries of the Future
Challenge 6 Be Leaders
Giving leadership to others Empowering partnerships with others Leading the Knowledge Society Organising knowledge
The Digital Enlightenment Gallery? The Land of Informed Bewilderment?
“ In comparison with leaders in other parts of local government, public library leaders on the whole display stronger Tran...
 
Strategic Content Alliance
UK e-Content Framework for Knowledge, Learning and Research Community archive Family history Hobby/interest School Library...
Challenge 7 Be Dreamers
Ten impossible things every day How often do you think seriously about the future? Dream of 20 years time Lack of money is...
Responses to the Digital World Digitise existing collections Create online versions of traditional services Buy commercial...
<ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Bridges </li></ul><ul><li>Streetwise </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionaries </li></ul><ul><l...
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Cabinet Ministers 2038 Minister for Culture
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2008 10 22 Chris Batt Reykjavik

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Presentation given at the The Future is Here: Are We Prepared conference, Grand Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland, 22nd – 23rd October 2008

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2008 10 22 Chris Batt Reykjavik

  1. 1. Libraries and Revolution: Challenges for the 21st Century Chris Batt OBE [email_address]
  2. 2. If the technology works, something should happen now
  3. 3. “ This is not a library, this is a revolution” From librarian to knowledge warrior Designing the future for public libraries Lack of money is a second order problem
  4. 4. 150+ Years of Social Revolution 1850 2007
  5. 5. The Beginnings of Universal Education 1850 The price of a book Newspapers and magazines Other media 60 hours work 1,700 None
  6. 6. The price of a book Newspapers and magazines Other media 10 hours 10,000 Cinema, Radio, TV (one channel only) The Birth of Mass Media 1950
  7. 7. The price of a book Newspapers and magazines Other media 20 minutes 190,000 +500 TV channels, The Google Age 2007 Internet, mobile phones, ‘always-on’ broadband, digital collections, personal learning
  8. 8. An Age of Uncertainty Individual in the global community From universe to multiverse Rapid innovation Speed of technological diffusion If it is not on the Web it doesn’t exist
  9. 9. Can libraries continue to be active agents for change and development? chrisbatt CONSULTING
  10. 10. Connections Collections/content Customers/audiences Prior Knowledge Value Chain The Enlightenment Gallery, British Museum (The whole world in one room!)
  11. 11. The Digital Enlightenment Gallery? The Land of Informed Bewilderment?
  12. 12. Collections/content Connections Customers/audiences Learning Journeys into the Unknown
  13. 13. The Search Engine Paradox <ul><li>The convenience store for information </li></ul><ul><li>The doorway is easy to open </li></ul><ul><li>The drivers are not those of learning and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>The deep, dark Web is invisible! </li></ul><ul><li>To get beyond browsing shop windows you have to learn new competencies </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Knowledge Society A Universal Right to Knowledge Learning is for Life
  15. 15. In the Knowledge Society, knowledge supports… Information diversity Creativity and innovation Knowledge economy and enterprise Social development Learning Cultural identity For everyone
  16. 16. How to empower every person to want to learn and discover more about the world, every day
  17. 17. Knowledge Learning for life Library Power Aggregating Storing Describing Disclosing Trusted Community closeness Discovery Mediating Understanding
  18. 18. Where are the Knowledge Warriors? Where do we find Conan the Librarian?
  19. 19. Challenges for the 21 st Century Librarian (knowledge worker?) chrisbatt CONSULTING Service Value Chain Personal Values
  20. 20. Love Learning Challenge 1
  21. 21. Learning is NOT the same as education Learning is a life skill Learning must be the heart of the library mission In the knowledge society communities will constantly need to learn new things Learning builds communities of interest Learning is the understanding of knowledge to advantage
  22. 22. Challenge 2 Build Bridges
  23. 23. “ Learning is a quest not a commodity” Neil Postman
  24. 24. Bridges are tools of connection Connecting people to knowledge, culture and to ideas Reaching new audiences Enabling learning journeys Joining the library service to other policy and service priorities
  25. 25. Online Resource Community Place Library Foundations of bridge building Development Agency
  26. 26. Challenge 3 Be Streetwise
  27. 27. “ The street will find its own uses for things” William Gibson
  28. 28. Closeness to communities is a most under-promoted strength User/audience focus is fundamental People need help and guidance User-friendly and user-framed Services that can evolve as fast as community need Set the standard for other services to follow
  29. 29. Topping Fold Library - community engagement in action Run-down library in a severely deprived community A manager committed to making a difference Community ‘ownership’ The library provides what the community needs Other services joining in
  30. 30. Challenge 4 Be Revolutionaries
  31. 31. Challenge traditional models Do the organisational structures work? Are there new skills needed in your team? What do you want your world and your communities to be like in 10 years time? What has to change to make it possible? Join the family of knowledge institutions?
  32. 32. Five-year vision Access for all Convergence www.mla.gov.uk Social impact Global and cultural memories Raw material of the future
  33. 33. What should the relationship be between the public library and other knowledge and learning institutions?
  34. 35. Challenge 5 Act With Passion
  35. 36. “ If you cannot speak with passion about the value of what you do, who do you think will do it for you?” It must be passion with a purpose A shared narrative to catch the imagination of politicians and policymakers The elevator pitch QUESTION
  36. 38. Libraries of the Future
  37. 39. Challenge 6 Be Leaders
  38. 40. Giving leadership to others Empowering partnerships with others Leading the Knowledge Society Organising knowledge
  39. 41. The Digital Enlightenment Gallery? The Land of Informed Bewilderment?
  40. 42. “ In comparison with leaders in other parts of local government, public library leaders on the whole display stronger Transformational Leadership behaviours”  “ BUT they lack confidence in their own abilities, and that lack of confidence is often transmitted to their bosses” 
  41. 44. Strategic Content Alliance
  42. 45. UK e-Content Framework for Knowledge, Learning and Research Community archive Family history Hobby/interest School Library Museum Archive Archive University Museum Archives Museums Libraries BBC, JISC, NESC, NHS Other Commercial sector Social change Europeana International standards Framework programmes International agencies UK public agencies Europeana local CONCEPTUAL SCOPE MODEL
  43. 46. Challenge 7 Be Dreamers
  44. 47. Ten impossible things every day How often do you think seriously about the future? Dream of 20 years time Lack of money is not the most serious problem
  45. 48. Responses to the Digital World Digitise existing collections Create online versions of traditional services Buy commercial online resources Test out Web 2.0 tools
  46. 49. <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Bridges </li></ul><ul><li>Streetwise </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionaries </li></ul><ul><li>Passion </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>What is the learning value of the digital resource? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we ensure that people can find and use the material? </li></ul><ul><li>Have the community been involved from the ideas development stage? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we create collective structures to deliver more resources in better ways? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we jointly ‘sell’ what we are doing to politicians and policy makers? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we get other institutions to join with us? </li></ul>
  47. 50. Prime Minister 2038
  48. 51. Cabinet Ministers 2038 Minister for Culture
  49. 52. Libraries and Revolution: Challenges for the 21st Century Chris Batt OBE [email_address]

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