Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

The Future of the Public Library: from dusty tomes to disruptive technologies

753 views

Published on

A presentation delivered at the Public Libraries Western Australia conference in September 2017 that covers the transition of the public library from a place of books to a place of community.

  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

The Future of the Public Library: from dusty tomes to disruptive technologies

  1. 1. The Future of the Public Library: from dusty tomes to disruptive technologies ClaytonWehner
  2. 2. Video:The Hunt Library https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzL8MHbBtiY
  3. 3. ‘I hope the library…isknown asa placeof excellence,anda place of passion,andideasandvision. You can’tbe inthisbuildingand notthinkthatsomethingis happeningatthisuniversity’ SUSAN K. NUTTER,THE HUNT LIBRARY
  4. 4. What has this got to do with public libraries?
  5. 5. Average age of a borrower = 51 years Average life expectancy of Australian male = 80 years
  6. 6. Should we continue to just be in the business of content provision?
  7. 7. ‘I hope the library…isknown asa placeof excellence,anda place of passion,andideasandvision. You can’tbe inthisbuildingand notthinkthatsomethingis happeningatthisuniversity’ SUSAN K. NUTTER,THE HUNT LIBRARY
  8. 8. Books are just ‘tools’ to build ‘community’ So, too, are 3D printers,VR goggles, , makerspaces, coding clubs, wi-fi…
  9. 9. Digital technology will clearly play a more central role in the library’s offering, mirroring its uptake in wider society
  10. 10. So what does the future of the library look like?
  11. 11. CURATORS CONNECTORS FACILITATORS TEACHERS
  12. 12. Librariansthatarearguingandlobbyingforclever ebooklendingsolutionsarecompletelymissingthe point.Theyaredefendinglibraryaswarehouseas opposedtofightingforthefuture,whichislibrarianas producer,concierge,connector,teacherandimpresario. Weneedlibrariansmorethanweeverdid.Whatwe don’tneedaremereclerkswhoguarddeadpaper. Librariansaretooimportanttobeadwindlingvoicein ourculture.Fortherightlibrarian,thisisthechanceofa lifetime. Seth Godin

×