Reclaiming the Heartland “Age of Discovery” Conference Association of Southeastern Research Libraries  July, 2007 K.G. Sch...
Warning to Andrew*: There will be a cat picture * Pace, not Abbott
 
Obligatory Usability Observations <ul><li>LII subject radio-button test </li></ul><ul><li>LII Usability study 2005 and hel...
Yet… <ul><li>Users like to browse as well as search (our findings repeat Andrew’s findings) </li></ul><ul><li>Users do ben...
The System of Professions
Every profession aims for a heartland of work over which it has complete, legally established control.  Andrew Abbott,  Th...
Jurisdiction
The “cultural machinery of jurisdiction” <ul><li>Diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Inference </li></...
Jurisdictional control <ul><li>Established by culture </li></ul><ul><li>Established by law </li></ul><ul><li>Protected by ...
Jurisdictional control “should shape, indeed, the very  public idea  of the tasks that the profession does.”
Subordinate jurisdiction
Threats to Jurisdiction <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme abstraction </li></ul><ul><li>Too little abstraction ...
A profession that defines itself by its  tasks  is a jurisdiction highly vulnerable to dissolution through technological c...
A Cautionary Tale
Our Jurisdiction A historical perspective through the Five Laws* *chronologically remixed
Every reader his book
The library is a living organism
Every book his reader
Books are for use
Save the time of the reader
So where is our heartland?
Memory work travail de memoire   “ Memory work  is a process of engaging with the past which has both an ethical and histo...
Library jurisdiction in Memory Work <ul><li>Defending the right to read </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting erosion of privacy </li...
Challenges to the heartland
External claims to expertise
Failure to make aggressive inroads in emerging jurisdictions
Task-based jurisdictional claims
Isolating ourselves from “the river” (Or, “nobody uses our data”)
UN important Jurisdiction Issues (As long as you’re in charge) <ul><li>Whether you or a machine modify a record </li></ul>...
User-centric views This is key… To reassert jurisdictional control , we must let formal evidence-driven knowledge drive ou...
Jurisdictional Heroes <ul><li>The “Endeca” libraries </li></ul><ul><li>The theorists fighting to build RDA so it puts us b...
Reinserting ourselves into the marketplace of ideas about information organization
 
Maricopa
 
Things Badly Needed <ul><li>Librarian embeds across key professions </li></ul><ul><li>Redirecting efforts toward activitie...
More Unfinished Business <ul><li>Liberating ourselves from format autism </li></ul><ul><li>Finding our way back to our use...
Our heritage, our future This Space For Rent
Questions? [email_address]
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    1. 1. Reclaiming the Heartland “Age of Discovery” Conference Association of Southeastern Research Libraries July, 2007 K.G. Schneider http://freerangelibrarian.com
    2. 2. Warning to Andrew*: There will be a cat picture * Pace, not Abbott
    3. 4. Obligatory Usability Observations <ul><li>LII subject radio-button test </li></ul><ul><li>LII Usability study 2005 and help screens </li></ul><ul><li>LII web log analysis and search behavior </li></ul><ul><li>LII web log analysis and search success </li></ul><ul><li>…results repeated and confirmed in other environments… </li></ul>
    4. 5. Yet… <ul><li>Users like to browse as well as search (our findings repeat Andrew’s findings) </li></ul><ul><li>Users do benefit and enjoy value-added information </li></ul>
    5. 6. The System of Professions
    6. 7. Every profession aims for a heartland of work over which it has complete, legally established control. Andrew Abbott, The System of Professions
    7. 8. Jurisdiction
    8. 9. The “cultural machinery of jurisdiction” <ul><li>Diagnosis </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Inference </li></ul><ul><li>Academic work </li></ul>
    9. 10. Jurisdictional control <ul><li>Established by culture </li></ul><ul><li>Established by law </li></ul><ul><li>Protected by the profession </li></ul><ul><li>Relies on a body of knowledge that is abstract—but not too abstract </li></ul>
    10. 11. Jurisdictional control “should shape, indeed, the very public idea of the tasks that the profession does.”
    11. 12. Subordinate jurisdiction
    12. 13. Threats to Jurisdiction <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme abstraction </li></ul><ul><li>Too little abstraction </li></ul><ul><li>Hostile takeovers </li></ul><ul><li>Internal organizational change </li></ul>
    13. 14. A profession that defines itself by its tasks is a jurisdiction highly vulnerable to dissolution through technological change.
    14. 15. A Cautionary Tale
    15. 16. Our Jurisdiction A historical perspective through the Five Laws* *chronologically remixed
    16. 17. Every reader his book
    17. 18. The library is a living organism
    18. 19. Every book his reader
    19. 20. Books are for use
    20. 21. Save the time of the reader
    21. 22. So where is our heartland?
    22. 23. Memory work travail de memoire “ Memory work is a process of engaging with the past which has both an ethical and historical dimension.”
    23. 24. Library jurisdiction in Memory Work <ul><li>Defending the right to read </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting erosion of privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving the written (recorded) record </li></ul><ul><li>Defending and improving access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Paying attention to the concept of the public collection </li></ul>
    24. 25. Challenges to the heartland
    25. 26. External claims to expertise
    26. 27. Failure to make aggressive inroads in emerging jurisdictions
    27. 28. Task-based jurisdictional claims
    28. 29. Isolating ourselves from “the river” (Or, “nobody uses our data”)
    29. 30. UN important Jurisdiction Issues (As long as you’re in charge) <ul><li>Whether you or a machine modify a record </li></ul><ul><li>Whether we have a bazillion separate catalogs or One True Database </li></ul><ul><li>Whether we use Dewey, LC, SuDOC, BISAC, or Pick-up-sticks </li></ul><ul><li>Whether you buy metadata or supervise its creation </li></ul><ul><li>What formats we’re collecting </li></ul>
    30. 31. User-centric views This is key… To reassert jurisdictional control , we must let formal evidence-driven knowledge drive our decisions
    31. 32. Jurisdictional Heroes <ul><li>The “Endeca” libraries </li></ul><ul><li>The theorists fighting to build RDA so it puts us back in the river </li></ul><ul><li>Danbury PL and Librarything for Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Maricopa County and Phoenix Public </li></ul><ul><li>Various solo “embeds” extending our jurisdictional claims </li></ul><ul><li>The anthropological studies being done of faculty and IR use </li></ul>
    32. 33. Reinserting ourselves into the marketplace of ideas about information organization
    33. 35. Maricopa
    34. 37. Things Badly Needed <ul><li>Librarian embeds across key professions </li></ul><ul><li>Redirecting efforts toward activities such as automating classification and aggregating our silo-based efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Bold theft of others’ ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Clear statements of jurisdiction (not task knowledge) </li></ul><ul><li>Support for the think tanks and incubators that will produce the next Dewey/Cutter/Sharp/Ranganathan/Lubetsky </li></ul>
    35. 38. More Unfinished Business <ul><li>Liberating ourselves from format autism </li></ul><ul><li>Finding our way back to our users </li></ul><ul><li>Reimbedding user-driven perspectives into our organizational theories </li></ul>
    36. 39. Our heritage, our future This Space For Rent
    37. 40. Questions? [email_address]

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