What’s Next for Idaho Libraries?
Hard to Predict the Future …
Floating cities     Urban landscape
We haven’t even been able to
          interpret the past…

Avebury village     Avebury circle of stones
On a raft in the Mississippi River
Constantly flowing conditions
• Demographics
     • Ages, ethnicity, languages, digital natives or not
• Funding
     • Pr...
• Fishing poles
                           • GIS & other data
                           • Surveys/Databases
             ...
MORE tools   We are not alone!

                  • We’re curious,
                    information-seekers

              ...
What should SPLAT look for?
• Better
    • Efficient
    • Attractive
• Faster
    • Search engines
    • Quicker & 24/7 r...
SPLAT for Idaho Libraries

Be vigilant!          Have fun!
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    1. 1. What’s Next for Idaho Libraries?
    2. 2. Hard to Predict the Future … Floating cities Urban landscape
    3. 3. We haven’t even been able to interpret the past… Avebury village Avebury circle of stones
    4. 4. On a raft in the Mississippi River
    5. 5. Constantly flowing conditions • Demographics • Ages, ethnicity, languages, digital natives or not • Funding • Property tax revenue • Legislative support • LSTA authorizations • Information Resources • Web, Books, DVDs, iPods, MP3s • News & reference sources changing
    6. 6. • Fishing poles • GIS & other data • Surveys/Databases • SPLAT & other librarians What are our tools? • Steering poles • Public relations • ILS & other software • Web presence • Raft = Legacy • Times of no money • Literacy • Community landmark • Bait (and switch?) • Game nights • Youth programs • Public events
    7. 7. MORE tools We are not alone! • We’re curious, information-seekers • ILA, ALA etc. • SPLAT • Library 2.0 movement
    8. 8. What should SPLAT look for? • Better • Efficient • Attractive • Faster • Search engines • Quicker & 24/7 reference • Cheaper • By-the-dozen (consortia) • Shareware & possibly open source
    9. 9. SPLAT for Idaho Libraries Be vigilant! Have fun!

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