Next Library Conference, Aarhus 16 06 2009


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Presentation given at the Aarhus Un Conference looking at libraries of the future.

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Next Library Conference, Aarhus 16 06 2009

  1. 2. The Land of Informed Bewilderment
  2. 3. If Public Libraries Did Not Exist, Would Someone Invent Them?
  3. 4. Public policy priorities Long-term social value Sustainable model Skills and competencies
  4. 5. Weltanschauung
  5. 6. <ul><li>Peace on earth </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term stability in the Middle East </li></ul><ul><li>An end to global warming </li></ul><ul><li>A bottle of Scotch whisky </li></ul>Weltanschauung
  6. 7. Libraries of the Future Weltanschauung What are the unique and enduring roles of libraries? How, at any given time, do we ensure they deliver maximum value to the user?
  7. 8. The Future Public Library: From short term to long term <ul><li>Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>e-Science </li></ul><ul><li>Data mining </li></ul><ul><li>e-Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Technological evolution </li></ul><ul><li>How can I get rid of my withdrawn books? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is using Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>Any views on reducing overdue charges? </li></ul><ul><li>Charges for colour printing </li></ul>Weltanschauung
  8. 9. The Future Public Library: From short term to long term “ We cannot be sure that someone born at the beginning of the 21 st century will have any particular nostalgia for a paper book” Weltanschauung
  9. 10. The Future Public Library: From Reactive to Proactive Community space Development agency Library online Weltanschauung
  10. 11. <ul><li>Digital repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>You and me </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries of all types </li></ul><ul><li>Museums and some galleries </li></ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcasters </li></ul><ul><li>Research agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Learned societies </li></ul><ul><li>Heritage organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Community groups </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul>The Future Public Library: Re-engineering the Knowledge Landscape
  11. 12. Museum = digital library of objects Library = museum of books The Future Public Library: Expectations
  12. 13. “ Old men ought to be explorers” Weltanschauung
  13. 14. Modelling public knowledge value chains in a networked world Weltanschauung
  14. 15. Weltanschauung Public policy Parent institutions Buildings Staff Services Investment decisions Policy/invest. decisions Delivery infrastructure
  15. 16. Boundary exchanges Downstream value Institutional convergence? Institutional competition? Weltanschauung
  16. 17. Measuring downstream value Lifetime Good Fair Poor Pre-school support School years Level three Skills training and support Knowledge and information mediation and guidance Convivial activity Confidence Creativity Curiosity Community well being, social capital Discovery/understanding Weltanschauung High High, but at risk High, in places Uncertain Batt Value Indicator
  17. 18. Learning Never Was What it Used To Be Weltanschauung
  18. 19. Education is an industrial process <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Attainment </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Progression </li></ul>Weltanschauung
  19. 20. Learning is a personal need that should last a lifetime Weltanschauung “ War is a continuation of politics by other means ” Carl von Clausewitz Adult informal learning
  20. 21. Theory into Practice v1.0 Weltanschauung
  21. 22. Learning for Life: the Engine of the 21 st Century LEARNING FOR LIFE Help everyone to discover and understand more about the world everyday Neuroscience Behavioural economics Theories of learning Social trends
  22. 23. Knowledge: the Raw Material of the Future <ul><li>Build partnerships across the knowledge landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Look outwards to what is happening technologically, socially, economically </li></ul><ul><li>Re-invent the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a common mission for advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Face up to future leadership roles </li></ul>Weltanschauung
  23. 24. From Librarian to Knowledge Warrior <ul><li>Leaders of the knowledge sector </li></ul><ul><li>A mission to remove all barriers to access </li></ul><ul><li>The integration of knowledge into everyday life </li></ul><ul><li>Defining, managing and mediating </li></ul><ul><li>Building a strong foundation for learning for life </li></ul>Weltanschauung
  24. 25. Weltanschauung Almost as good as a bottle of Scotch whisky
  25. 26. If libraries did not exist, would we be able to invent them? Weltanschauung