Transforming Our Vision to Enhance Library Services


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Most everyone is going through a personal “digital metamorphosis” and it will (if it hasn’t already) happen to you too. This presentation highlights some of the emerging technology trends that are impacting most everyone’s lives. In it, I hope to give you some ideas and some insight that you can use in your libraries to help bring more visibility to your resources/services in order to showcase its value.

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  • For reading, this…
  • …became this.
  • Cumbersome became convenient.I used to carry “a” book with me where ever I went. Now I carry a few thousand books with me wherever I go.
  • This used to be THE way to watch movies at home
  • I was wondering whether this type of book was about to be totally replaced…
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  • Transforming Our Vision to Enhance Library Services

    1. 1. Real-time collaborative notebook available at @cmairn #LTC2012
    2. 2. FutureShock
    3. 3. "Every age thinks its the modern age, but this one really is."Tom Stoppard from The Invention of Love
    4. 4. Source:
    5. 5. Offer free workshops for the publicand ask people to bring their devices!
    6. 6. Improve access to your technology!
    7. 7. Become friends with your IT Department.
    8. 8. Librarians andlibrary staff help keep people afloat in hard times.
    9. 9. Be available to help your users when they need it.
    10. 10. Many people don’t needlibrarians to help themsearch. They need helpmaking senseof what they find.
    11. 11. After 3minutes ofno activity this windowdisplays on our website.
    12. 12. Skype Screen
    13. 13. Free Learning Management Systems (LMS)
    14. 14. Embedded Librarianship within an LMS
    15. 15. Course e-reserves within an LMS
    16. 16. Faculty can easily link to resources!
    17. 17. Single Sign-On within LMS
    18. 18. Popular Research Tools Library toolbar/Chrome extensionFacebook Search App.
    19. 19. Education For All
    20. 20. Harvesting open education?
    21. 21. Information fluency is the intersection of information literacy, computer literacy and critical thinking.
    22. 22. So, I think information fluency is … communicating, problem solving, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, and reflecting on the entire process.… having the ability to think critically while being able to apply thisthinking across a variety of “literacies” (e.g., information,technological, cultural, scientific etc.) in order to “fosterunderstanding, support sound decision-making, and guide action” inthe classroom and beyond!
    23. 23. Allow the user to do the work and follow up with them.
    24. 24. Widely Share Your Library Resources!
    25. 25. Help enhance online content with authoritative library resources. This will bring morevisibility to your library and people will trust the information presented.
    26. 26. Edit Wikipedia articles and include library resources.
    27. 27. Broward County’s ideaspawned another idea. The key is to at least try something new.
    28. 28. Twitter asks “what’s happening” and makes the answer spread across theglobe to millions, immediately. Source:
    29. 29. Find out what is trending on Twitter and support/enhance it with authoritative resources.The U.S. Congressional Twitter Directory, New Congressional Committee Must Put National Interest First.
    30. 30. What Creative Industries Need Source: Peter Kageyama,
    31. 31. This is probably a more realistic picture.
    32. 32. Jazz in the Stacks live streaming event!
    33. 33. St. Pete Times article: Jedi Path video:
    34. 34. Are you currently weeding your physical collection? If yes! Then donate thesebooks to Open Library. More information at:
    35. 35. G a mSource: i n Source: g n i g h t Source: Source: s
    36. 36. Allen County Public Library Creates High-Tech Hackerspaces Source:
    37. 37. Kinect for Education
    38. 38. Kinect in Education• Robotic controls• Augmented Reality in Twitter• Enhance theatre arts• Navigate locations, operating systems etc.• Learn to play guitar• Explore anatomy• Learn sign language• Manipulate air drawings (Brainstorming)• Innovative presentation tool Source:
    39. 39. Collaborate
    40. 40. Collaboration
    41. 41. Discovery!
    42. 42. Music discovery! Important:provide a way for people to request music!
    43. 43. Form partnerships
    44. 44. A Sample of Innovative Collections• East Palo Alto Library will have a collection of circulating guitars and will provide two 8-week lesson programs.• Mills Music Library has an Album Cover Art Exhibits Archive.• George Washington’s beer recipe is at the New York Public Library.
    45. 45. Hardly any information technologygoes obsolete. Each new one throws its predecessors into relief. James Gleick.
    46. 46. In 1971, Michael S. Hart (1947 –2011) created the first e-book by typing the Declaration of Independence into acomputer. Project Gutenberg was launched and now e-books are over 40 years old!
    47. 47. Be an advocate for all of yourreaders no matterhow or what they chose to read!
    48. 48. The form of the book has changed over time.The ‘book’ is the content, not the package!
    49. 49. So, what happens when the package undergoes a drastic change?
    50. 50. Just asdigital music turned this…
    51. 51. …into this
    52. 52. e-publications turn this…
    53. 53. …into this
    54. 54. Access vs. Ownership?
    55. 55. So, will physical books becompletely replaced by … ?
    56. 56. And whathappened to LPs? Are they dead?
    57. 57. Ugh, text on a screenshould be simple! This is so frustrating! I don’t care about all these formats and rules; IJUST WANT to read an e-book!
    58. 58. E-book sales inthe US double year-on-year, paper bookssuffer double- digit losses. Source:
    59. 59. Source:
    60. 60. Déjà vu?How would you repurpose your space and/or your staff if/when you start to purchase more e-books?
    61. 61. Book Discovery/Recommendations
    62. 62. Promote DRM-free e-books
    63. 63. Source:
    64. 64. QR (Quick Response) codes can help guide mobile users inyour physical spaces come visit your digital library spaces.
    65. 65. Has the simplicity and ubiquity ofhelped to make your library a center of learning and a hub for participation?
    66. 66. According to Wikipedia, “Social media is a term used to describe the type of media that is based on conversation and interaction between people online.” Sharing is a huge component, so be a messenger for your library!
    67. 67. Reply!Use Facebook to reach out to your users and share your library.
    68. 68. With Social Media, we shouldreally know our library users.
    69. 69. Share your location. Offer incentives for users to check-in to your library and make it worthwhile for them!
    70. 70. Twitter asks “what’shappening” and makes theanswer spread across the globe to millions, immediately. Source:
    71. 71. Chat, screen share, collaborate on documents, watch and comment on YouTube videos, and even add a mustache!
    72. 72. Do our patrons care that theirprivacy is eroding? What is the librarian role here?
    73. 73. Watch for new services/apps that can helpmake your library more visible/valuable … … but don’t feel obligated to put your library in that space!
    74. 74. Why libraries should have a mobile presence.The mobile web is connecting people toinformation while they are on the go,so this is a great space for libraries!Plus mobile phones have surpassed PCsand landline phones combined, so yourpotential audience is huge!
    75. 75. By the end of 2011, 5 billionmobile phones were in service in a world with 7 billion people! Source:
    76. 76. Uploaded to Flickr on November 8, 2007 by Travelin Librarian
    77. 77. Uploaded to Flickr on November 29, 2006 by Michael Casey
    78. 78. Powered by:
    79. 79. “Fundamentally, mobilerefers to the user, not the device or application.”Barbara Ballard Designing the Mobile User Experience
    80. 80. Example Mobile Library Websites
    81. 81. A simple mobile-optimized Website using HTML and CSS can work on all devices!<p><a class="call" href="tel:17273417177" accesskey="0">Call the Library</a> | (727) 341-7177<br /><a href="wtai://wp/ap;+17273417177; SPC%20Library">[Add to Phone Book]</a><br />
    82. 82. Or you can build something using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that acts like a native app! Built using jQTouch Built using jQuery Mobile
    83. 83. Other Mobile Development Tools
    84. 84. Siri“Siri does what you say, finds theinformation you need, then answers you.It’s like you’re having a conversation withyour iPhone.”“And Siri is proactive, so it will questionyou until it finds what you’re looking for.”
    85. 85. Authors are slowly bypassingpublishers and this will continue.Libraries are a middle-man too. What will happen to libraries?
    86. 86. Help local authors get published
    87. 87. A complete self-publishing platform. Converting text to EPUB format using CalibreUpload local content to“Community Reserve.”
    88. 88. Institutions are being uprooted. The Times They Are A-Changin‘
    89. 89. Source:
    90. 90. Pay attention to proposed legislationthat would probably impact libraries (e.g., SOPA/PIPA)
    91. 91. EVERYTHING will bea social experience!
    92. 92. “Memory Engineering”
    93. 93. RFID + IPv6 = Internet of Things?
    94. 94. Create your own infographics!
    95. 95. What is your personal mission statement? What excites you? What pushes your buttons?What do you stand for?
    96. 96. Unexpected PlacesLook beyond LibraryLand for work and/or advisory roles etc.
    97. 97. Look to other industries, be an “innovator,” and challenge something!
    98. 98. It can’t hurt to ask, right?
    99. 99. Cognitive Enhancement Future of e-reading: Following the eye?
    100. 100. Some Examples• Linux• Open• MIT’s Open Courseware (OCW)• Flat World Knowledge• DIY U•
    101. 101. Responsive Web Design
    102. 102. Bitcoin Payment Options • Near Field Communication • Person-to-person payments • Mobile donations • Virtual currency Square Google Wallet
    103. 103. Take advantage of the “cloud.”
    104. 104. 3D Printers/Projectors
    105. 105. How do you measure value?• Has access to information improved because of sharing tools?• Did marketing services and resources help provide more visibility to your library?• Has instant and inexpensive (probably free) communication tools fostered more collaboration with staff and patrons?• Has anything enhanced learning or helped your library users with their digital transformations?
    106. 106. Please consider sharing your ideas or your successes.
    107. 107. Let’s Hangout!