Helen Milner, Final Keynote, Revolution without Burning Books


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Helen Milner, Final Keynote, Revolution without Burning Books

  1. 1. Revolution without Burning Books Helen Milner @helenmilner Revolution: Without Burning Books Helen Milner @helenmilner
  2. 2. “ In terms of size, arrangement and catalogues, the conventional library has reached an organisational and financial impasse. Coincidentally there has emerged a pre-emptive new technology for the storage, handling and transmission of information, potentially better suited to the convenience of users. Libraries may disappear like the dinosaurs; or they may, by returning to first principles, be able to adapt and successfully survive.” James Thompson, (1983) "The end of libraries"
  3. 3. <ul><li>A publicly owned place </li></ul><ul><li>Access to all the information you need </li></ul><ul><li>Access to people who can help you </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration to grow your interests </li></ul><ul><li>Meet and collaborate with other people </li></ul><ul><li>A place where everyone is equal, where people are respected and knowledge is accessible to all </li></ul>
  4. 5. People <ul><li>Need access to good quality, convenient and reliable information and services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax, education, driving, law, benefits, jobs (Gov) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grocery shopping, learning, news, cheap goods (Life) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shopping, weather, catch-up TV, hobbies (Leisure) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to communicate with friends and family </li></ul><ul><li>Need to be part of a community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local community: development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborating with others beyond local area </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. UK online centres: the history <ul><li>In 2000 concept of an internet access place on every street corner, always lived in education alongside skills agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Initially as a capital investment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Build it and they will come’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also offered organisations to join as ‘branded’ centres with no funding just to be part of network </li></ul><ul><li>2006 resurrected and the rebirth of digital inclusion, new close link to digital government </li></ul><ul><li>Works closely with government </li></ul><ul><li>2009 supported appointed of UK Digital Champion </li></ul>
  6. 8. 3,800 active centres: Not owned, managed or funded by us Online centre search and free phone number search (one database for UK)
  7. 9. 500,000 people got online and registered with UK online centres between April 2010 and July 2011 www.go-on.co.uk
  8. 14. Technology changes everything and changes nothing
  9. 15. Technology has already revolutionised the way most of us live our lives <ul><li>The goal is not to get people using technology, it’s about the how people use technology to have a positive, and transformative, impact on their and others’ lives </li></ul>
  10. 17. It’s time for a revolution in the places we run and the places we use
  11. 18. &quot;Many high streets will never return to their pre-recession days”
  12. 19. The internet isn’t just changing high streets
  13. 20. mobile Outreach shared services New community owned multi-use places
  14. 23. 14,000 volunteers across network
  15. 25. Celebrate <ul><li>May 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Champions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Debating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrating </li></ul></ul>
  16. 27. Thank You [email_address] www.twitter.com/helenmilner www.ukonlinecentres.com www.slideshare.net/helenmilner