The Web, The User and the Library (and why to get in between)


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Keynote delivered at ICLAM2011 Conference at India International Centre, New Delhi, India on Februari 15th 2011.

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  • The cause or at least an important cause is the Web. I want to show what scientist are doing and looking for on the Internet and why
  • It are these things that actually invite researchers. Jisc Libraries of the Future Debate 2009, he also said the researchers are bypassing the library… he mentioned a scientist that was actually mainly using the offered space and tools by the publisher, and the web. And wasn’t been in the library for quite a time. Physicall or digitally The effect is not as strong in all areas of science. Roughly you could say that probably it is related to the percentage of electronically available content in the field. In science and medical science in particular the perception of the library.
  • When I was at a meeting of our Epidemiology Department in a room full with researchers, student and medical staff. I was there to talk about new services and resources. First problem is a common know problem, Library disconnect , unaware, wrong perception of library services and content, invisibility of the library. I had a hard time explaining why they should not only use Google Scholar, and also why some content on the web, seemingly freely available on the web was not all fulltext available for them. They told me they have various ways and systems to get what they want, .. But without going to the library. Hard to find, hard to use, too much, convusing, while it all seems to be out there on the web, for free and easy to use… Which brings me to the second related problem. Not only are they disconnecting from the library, but also are they getting the information elsewhere or arranging &making it themselves. They bypass the library completely there. We want to do something about that.
  • At bottom, traditional library services and role At top: Into The Workflow
  • All kind of initiatives, between scientists, groups, They start initiatives on their own, or in collaboration with others to adress their needs. It depends very much on how the library is embedded in the organisation to become aware and even involved in this. Often the researchers are frustrated by limitations of the preferred tools to be used inside their organization.
  • Research from last year concluded with these key points. I think they still stand We have to get out of the library more, find out what they really want and need. We can start small but we need to do it together with other organisational parties I the scholarly communication process, all levels More Services for Researchers Reach out and engage with departments and researchers Start small with something that really helps them on daily basis Set up collabarative projects We can not do this alone
  • The Web, The User and the Library (and why to get in between)

    1. 1. the WEB the USER & the LIBRARY
    2. 2. AND why we need to be in BETWEEN
    3. 3. Me, My Work and the UMCG
    4. 5. the WEB http:// / web-2-0-application-world-mosaic /
    5. 6. The Global Environment Changed … <ul><li>The web has become a global laboratory for communication and sharing </li></ul>
    6. 8. the USER http:// / photos / umpcportal /4581962986/
    7. 10. User empowerment 10 5 0 etc Re-Use Searching Embedding Publishing Sharing Editing Creation
    8. 11.
    9. 12. http:// / world-map-of-social-networks /
    10. 13. twitterfeed&utm_medium =
    11. 14. <ul><li>“ Community is the new content” </li></ul>
    12. 15.
    13. 16. 'What is happening in the world is bypassing (university) libraries’ Professor Peter Murray-Rust
    14. 17. <ul><li>Library Disconnects </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Bypassing the Library </li></ul>
    15. 20. library Consumer environments Management environment Licensed Bought Faculty& students Digitized Aggregations Resource sharing Integrated local consumer environment? Library web presence Resource sharing, … Source: Lorcan Dempsey, CIC 2007 … Institutional Workflow Portals, CMS, IR, … Personal Workflow RSS, toolbars, .. Network level workflow Google, … Integrated local consumer environment? Library web presence Resource sharing, …
    16. 21. Visibility
    17. 22. Findability
    18. 23. Searchability
    19. 24. Accessibility
    20. 25. Diversity | Choice Format Platform Time Personalize
    21. 26. NLM SEARCH WIDGET BLOG WEBSITE iGoogle Netvibes MyYahoo FACEBOOK MySpace Opera Windows Live Apple Dashboard Vista INTRANET
    22. 27. Searching for information http:// / photos / inan /2398401833/ sizes /o/
    23. 28. <ul><li>The Browser, the User & the Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add-ons, Plugins, Toolbars, Sidebars, Apps & widgets, Accelerators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// /bibliotheek/locaties/ bibCMB /informatie/toolbox/index </li></ul></ul>
    24. 29. Nift LibraryToolbar
    25. 30. Cloud Discovery : WEBMYND http:// /search?q= webmynd
    26. 31. Some Power Tools <ul><li>Browser Toolbars, add-ons, plugins, accelerators, sidebars (webMynd) </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets, gadgets (Netvibes, Widgetbox, ..) </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Apps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AppShopper  (by Catagory, iphone, ipad, universal, paid & free, updates, new & pricedrops) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIMVI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appolicious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AppBrain ( Android )  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>See More Tools: The Browser, the User and the Library ( How to to be in between ) ICLAM2011 Tutorial: http:// / digicmb </li></ul>
    27. 32. Corporate Web Presence Scan
    28. 33. http:// /search?q= iclam2011 &t=all
    29. 34. <ul><li>mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>Apps </li></ul><ul><li>Optimized websites </li></ul><ul><li>innovation in layout and functionality </li></ul>MOBILE (web) Apps
    30. 36. <ul><li>Unified Resource Discovery Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Linked data : Collections will be  networked, interlinked and virtual i.e. Europeana </li></ul><ul><li>Service Oriented architecture SOA </li></ul>Discovery Tools
    31. 38. <ul><li>Applications and software </li></ul><ul><li>From monopoly to multiple </li></ul><ul><li>Embed, integrate, interoperable </li></ul><ul><li>openID </li></ul><ul><li>Library software? </li></ul><ul><li>Library as intermediate for local focus </li></ul>Into The Cloud!
    32. 39. New Digital Divide <ul><li>Those who know how to “think” about search vs. those who don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who know how to validate soft information vs. those who don’t </li></ul><ul><li>Those who know where to find information in new “hot” channels vs. those who don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who understand the current culture of informal languages vs. those who don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who know how to get information to travel to them vs. those who still chase it. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who have the knowledge and skills to create and re-mix digital media and those who don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Those that understand learning is a continual process vs. those that view learning as an achievement. </li></ul><ul><li>(Those having enough power to their mobile devices vs those who don’t :-) </li></ul>http:// / hblowers / reality-check-2010-5-trands-shaping-libraries
    33. 40. http:// / horizon2011 / <ul><li>The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing. </li></ul><ul><li>People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want. </li></ul><ul><li>The world of work is increasingly collaborative , giving rise to reflection about the way student projects are structured. </li></ul><ul><li>The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based , and our notions of IT support are decentralized. </li></ul>
    34. 41. That is why we need to be in BETWEEN
    35. 42. Summary <ul><li>Cloud computing </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSource software </li></ul><ul><li>Linked and enhanced data </li></ul><ul><li>Web tools for communication, collaboration, interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Output Monitoring (scientific & social) </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Networks (social, virtual, research) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Research Environments </li></ul><ul><li>“ Embedded library” </li></ul>
    36. 43. Summary (more key points for Libraries) <ul><li>Communication between staff and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Play a role in the exchange and sharing of research-based information in social network technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Re-define the library, services, it’s systems, to reach: Visibility, Findability, Searchability and Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Branding and marketing the library: embed & integrate </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries should collaborate, communicate, cooperate, facilitate, support learning & research </li></ul>
    37. 44. “ Without curiousity and imagination there is no knowledge”
    38. 45. Thank you for your attention! <ul><li>Guus van den Brekel </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] / </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: digicmb </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes: </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare: </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Linkedin: =&key=18148582 </li></ul><ul><li>(see for bookmarks: </li></ul>