Once upon a time, a librarian Director of Cultural Services 4,300 public libraries 20,000 terminals ($150m) 30,000 library staff trained ($30m) $75m to create digital services www.peoplesnetwork.gov.uk Director of People’s Network Programme Who was I?
Once upon a time, a librarian Director of Cultural Services New strategic government agency www.mla.gov.uk Director of People’s Network Programme Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Who was I?
Occasional consultant PhD student Modelling the value of public knowledge in a networked world Chrisbatt.wordpress.com/ Who am I now?
Libraries, Museums, Archives Universities, colleges, schools Roles and responsibilities Relationships Architectures Value flows Status in public policy Public service broadcasters Government agencies Third sector Knowledge Institutions in 2050
Describe the current ecology What are external factors? Model public knowledge ecosystem Use future studies techniques to develop shared view of future possibilities Knowledge Institutions in 2050
What should the world you will inhabit look like?
Competition Amazon/Abe iTunes On demand Wikipedia Google Technology On the move Social networking eBooks Bandwidth Aggregation Public Policy Learning Knowledge economy Globalisation Funding pressures Society Fragmentation What is culture? Web has the answer 24/7 STATUS QUO 2.0
PRIVATE SECTOR media, retail, music industry PUBLIC SECTOR Reports, pipes, institutional juggernauts THIRD SECTOR social networking and influence Digital determinism
“ We cannot be sure that someone born at the beginning of the 21 st century will have any particular nostalgia for a paper book” Digital determinism
Fragmentation Disintermediation Participatory culture Digital determinism
“ Megaphones of informal learning” Martin Bean Knowledge sector competition
When were libraries last a big ticket issue? What is the public value? What is the elevator pitch? Always depends on political choices and priorities Money plus incentive DIGITAL BRITAIN Technology for all Fast broadband Job done End of story Public policy
The future value of libraries depends on much more than their relationship with technology Citizens and technology Other knowledge institutions Status within information society policy
Public good value not recognised Lack of national coherence Private sector creep Failure to plan for change Immediate risks
“ If we did not have libraries, would someone invent them?”
Public policy priorities Long-term social value Sustainable model Skills and competencies www.aabk.dk
1. From technician to strategist From evolution to revolution
Networked library Community place of encounter <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>agency </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>X
1. From technician to strategist 2. Define the current strengths From evolution to revolution
Knowledge and creativity Learning for life Network and brand potential Knowledge management Community interface
1. From technician to strategist 2. Define the current strengths 3. New partners, new approaches From evolution to revolution
NEW PARTNERSHIPS Your Paintings Public Catalogue Foundation
1. From technician to strategist 2. Define the current strengths 3. New partners, new approaches 4. USP – serious, but sexy From evolution to revolution
Melding new relationships Social change and social need Has status within public policy A collective narrative
1. KNOWLEDGE: the raw material of the future Economy development Personal well-being/happiness Creativity and imagination Social capital Discovery and understanding A collective narrative
1. KNOWLEDGE: the raw material of the future Education is not enough Informal learning is lifelong Learning to cope and survive Learning just for fun 2. LEARNING: the engine of progress A collective narrative
1. KNOWLEDGE: the raw material of the future Content first, institution second New approaches to delivery Inclusion and special needs 2. LEARNING the engine of progress 3. Knowledge must be presented to meet people’s learning needs A collective narrative
Leaders of the wider knowledge sector A mission break down barriers to access Defining, managing, mediating Integrating knowledge and learning into everyday life, everyday! From librarian to knowledge warrior
THE POST-DIGITAL WORLD The technology is invisible
The barefoot knowledge warrior Wisdom/madness of the crowd Knowledge policy driving government IMAGINING THE POST-DIGITAL FUTURE Shared mission and values Inter-institutional architectures
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