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Expanding the Concept of Library


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How have libraries responded to the enormous change of the last 15 years? Join the confersation as Kathleen Johnson embarks on an exploration of this question, examing innovative and interesting ideas including the Library of Things, the Learning Commons, the evolving library role in learning, the socially networked library and more.

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Expanding the Concept of Library

  1. 1. Thank You<br />
  2. 2. Thank You<br />
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  5. 5. A little bit about your presenter:<br />Kathleen Johnson<br />Librarian at Seattle Academy<br /><br /><ul><li> BA: Ethnomusicology (University of Washington)
  6. 6. 3 years in West Africa recording music and making documentary films
  7. 7. Graduated from Library School in 1977 (Minor in Multimedia)
  8. 8. First job: Director Kelso Public Library in SW Washington</li></li></ul><li>Seattle Academy<br /><ul><li> Laptop school since 1997
  9. 9. School has an emphasis on the arts
  10. 10. Culture of performance
  11. 11. Moodle</li></li></ul><li>Random dramatic facts<br />1. <br />2.<br />
  12. 12. Hubble WFC3/UVIS Image of the Pillar in Carina Nebula<br />Watch for Imax movie in March <br />
  13. 13. Kathleen Johnson<br />Seattle Academy<br />Green Librarian<br />Expanding the Concept of Library<br />How Have Libraries Responded to the Change of the Last 15 Years<br />
  14. 14. Realms of Change<br />Every aspect of our work and environment is changing.<br />Librarians<br />Standards<br />Physical Space<br />Our Materials / Services / Acquisitions<br />Our Students<br />How Libraries work together<br />
  15. 15. Huge Shifts in <br />the nature of information<br />the nature of learning<br />Check out my wiki:<br />
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  17. 17. A Story from the past… <br />NSFNet T-1 Backbone Map, 1988<br />
  18. 18. The early days of the internet…<br />1990 Archie search engine <br />1991 WAIS and Gopher<br />1992 Internet has 1 million hosts, ArpaNet is discontinued<br />1993 Mosaic Web Browser, Lycos<br />1994 Netscape Navigator, WebCrawler full text search<br />
  19. 19. 1995 . . .<br />Yahoo is founded in Santa Clara, CA<br />Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment - last state to approve the abolition of slavery <br />Forrest Gump wins Best Picture<br />Oklahoma City Bombing<br />
  20. 20. 1995 . . .<br />OJ Simpson trial<br />Microsoft releases Windows 95<br />DVD media format is announced<br />eBay is founded<br />Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is published<br />
  21. 21. 1995 <br />Where were you?<br />
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  24. 24. Realms of Change<br />Every aspect of our work has expanded.<br />Librarians <br />Standards<br />Physical Space <br />Our Materials<br />Our Students<br />How Libraries work together<br />
  25. 25. Librarians<br />Excellence in Professional Development<br /><ul><li>Listservs
  26. 26. 23 Things – expanded capacity to learn
  27. 27. Second Life events</li></li></ul><li>Developed by Helen Blowers<br />For The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County <br />Open Source Model<br />Timeline: 9 weeks<br />Prizes<br />“This is a self-discovery program which encourages staff to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY.”<br />
  28. 28. 23Things<br />
  29. 29. 23 Things Continued<br />Matt Gullett, Emerging Technology Coordinator for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) manages the blog:<br />Learning 2.1: Explore ... Discover ... Play <br />at:<br />The blog is up to Thing #70…<br />
  30. 30. Standards <br />“Because <br />Student <br />Achievement <br />IS the Bottom <br />Line”<br />
  31. 31. American Association of School Librarians (AASL) released Standards for the 21st-Century Learner<br /><ul><li>Inquiry is a fundamental framework for learning
  32. 32. Learning has a social context</li></li></ul><li>The future is already here. It’s just not widely distributed. <br />-- Bill O’Reilly<br />Grasp the future!<br />
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  34. 34. Professional Development in Virtual Worlds<br />Second Life<br />San Jose State University Library School<br />Has a space in Second Life for their library school with accommodations for distance learning students.<br /><br />
  35. 35. Realms of Change and<br />Expansion<br />Librarians<br />Standards<br />Physical Spaces<br />
  36. 36. “We are just beginning to understand how important physical space is to learning and how radically different true learning-centered campuses will look in the future.”<br />
  37. 37. A FREE online book located here:<br /><br />Chapter 30 Northwestern University’s InfoCommons<br />
  38. 38. Old assumptions about space<br /> Learning only happens in classrooms<br /> Learning only happens at fixed times<br /> Learning is an individual activity<br /> A classroom has a “front”<br /> What happens in a classroom everyday is the same<br />Learning demands privacy and removal of distractions<br />Flexibility can be enhanced by filling a room with as many chairs as will fit<br />Students will destroy comfy furniture<br />
  39. 39. Information Commons<br />Refers to a physical space, usually in an academic library, where any and all can participate in the processes of information research, gathering and production. <br /><ul><li> presentation practice space
  40. 40. Gaming / web-conference space
  41. 41. collaboration spaces
  42. 42. wireless internet access
  43. 43. quiet spaces
  44. 44. advanced computing stations
  45. 45. soundproof room for multi-media productions,
  46. 46. café
  47. 47. reconfigurable & comfortable furniture</li></li></ul><li>Brown Library at Abilene Christian College<br />
  48. 48. Group Workstations<br />
  49. 49. More workstations with comfortable chairs<br />
  50. 50. Learning Commons<br />…expands on the Information Commons concept by bringing in other services and stakeholders into a shared space. <br />
  51. 51. As this web page clip shows the W.E.B. duBois Learning Commons includes:<br />Academic Advising<br />Learning & Writing Support<br />Library Services<br />Technology Services<br />
  52. 52. St. Davids, PA<br />
  53. 53. The Virtual Learning Commons <br />
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  57. 57. Mi Young’s Spaces<br />
  58. 58. Max Fliescher Film Festival<br />
  59. 59. There are very sophisticated library spaces in Second Life…<br />
  60. 60. Information / Materials<br />Information ecologies and formats are shifting…<br />
  61. 61. Our Journey Analog to Digital<br /><br />
  62. 62. Living Library<br /><br /><br />
  63. 63. Our biggest issue:<br />There is tremendous fragmentation of information and the learning curve involved with the technology needed to mediate all this information. <br />
  64. 64. We work hard to manage fragmentation:<br /><ul><li>OCLC’s First Search
  65. 65. Portals
  66. 66. Directories such as the Internet Library
  67. 67. Pathfinders
  68. 68. Aggregators such as Serial Solutions</li></ul>And most recently…. LibGuides by SpringShare<br />
  69. 69. Librarians as Tour Guides through CyberSpace<br />Creating order out of chaos<br />
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  72. 72. Sharing<br />
  73. 73. Guides for<br />Courses<br />Departments<br />Teachers<br />
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  76. 76. Realms of Change<br />Every aspect of our work and is changing.<br />Librarians as Exemplars of Prof Dev.<br />Library and Technology Standards<br />Revolution in Physical Space design<br />Transformation of our Materials & Methods & Services<br />Our Students<br />
  77. 77. Our Students<br />
  78. 78. Our Students<br />
  79. 79. Group activity: <br /> How have our students changed in the last 15 years… <br />Your Library…<br />
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  81. 81. Library of Things<br />
  82. 82. Realms of Change<br />Every aspect of our work and is changing.<br />Librarians<br />Standards<br />Physical Space <br />Our Materials<br />Our Students<br />How Libraries work together<br />
  83. 83.  <br />2008- 2009 ALA President Jim Rettig<br />“I believe that the biggest challenge that all libraries today face is getting people’s attention.  We operate in a very competitive environment for what the 2005 OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources report  calls “mindshare.”  Think of all the stimuli that have sought your attention since you got out of bed this morning—radio, television, Web sites, Web pop-ups, telephone calls, text messages—to say nothing of face-to-face interactions with family, co-workers, friends, and others.  Your library and mine are competing for the attention of people who are making choices where to put their attention in response to all of those competing stimuli.”<br />
  84. 84. 2008- 2009 ALA President Jim Rettig<br />Some of you may have heard me discuss the Library Ecosystem: the idea that all types of libraries are interrelated. For example, the closing of a school library in a community will have impact on the public library in that community, which now has to deal with overflow from the school; as well as the college library, which now has to teach remedial information literacy skills to incoming freshmen. In order not just to survive but to thrive in today’s economy, libraries of all types must come together and advocate with a unified voice. <br />Visit the new Coalition Building web resource! <br />
  85. 85. &quot;Web scale&quot; discovery and delivery of library resources<br />“OCLC, has consistently investigated how people&apos;s relationships to information have evolved with the advent of the Web. Not surprisingly, the results have shown a preference for self-service on this global medium. <br /> <br />“Most people, when asked to draw an association with libraries, still think mainly of &quot;books&quot; rather than electronic content and services that are increasingly available nor do they particularly equate libraries with the Web.  A 2007 report found further that people did not perceive a role for libraries in the Web&apos;s newly &quot;social&quot; universe, where users promote themselves and share content within massive user communities. (Librarians largely agreed with that assessment.)”<br />
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  90. 90. Deliver library resources and services<br /> . . . at the point of need<br />. . . in a manner<br /> . . . that users want <br /> . . . and understand.<br /> --OCLC<br />Sound like a good goal?<br />
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  92. 92. Go forth and create…<br />Experiment<br />Play<br />Have fun!<br />THE END<br />
  93. 93. Digital Wish<br /><br />A public charity on a mission to modernize schools.<br />
  94. 94. Things I didn’t have time to cover:<br /><ul><li>PLN = Personal Learning Networks
  95. 95. Libraries as a Conversation R.D. Lankes
  96. 96. Scan/Print on Demand (Espresso book stands)
  97. 97. Librarian-powered search engine in development
  98. 98. Taiga Forum Provocative Statements (06 & 09)</li>