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The Modern Library

  1. Helene Blowers International Young Librarians Academy Yentspils, Latvia - August 2012
  2. I work here … 21 locations 1.5 million people 15 million circ
  3. I work here …
  4. A library … A short compilation by Helene Blowers |
  5. A library has been described as many things by many people …
  6. "In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. "A library is not simply a repository of books, it is the symbol and center of our culture - a door and a window for those who might not otherwise have such doors and windows." Amy Tan Author
  8. "The library is a societal tent pole, There are a lot of ideas under it. Knock out the pole and the tent comes down“ Michael Connelly Author .
  9. "Libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community." Paula Poundstone Comedian
  10. Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination." Sidney Sheldon Author
  11. "Libraries are the latest fashion for the brain." E. Jean Carroll Author
  12. "A good library is a place, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet." Samuel Nig
  13. "We all love to hear a good story. We save our stories in books. We save our books in libraries. Libraries are the storyhouses full of all those stories and secrets." Kathy Bates Actor
  14. "Libraries are places where the imaginatio n begins." Heather Barbieri Author
  15. "A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life." Norman Cousins Political Journalist & Author
  16. "A library is a true fairyland, a very palace of delight, a haven of repose from the storms and troubles of the world." Avebury
  17. "Libraries are where dreams begin." Jamie Freveletti Author
  18. "A library is both comfort food and inspiration, opportunity for growth, and the place where anyone can come for personal enrichment." Judy Strong Author
  19. "Libraries are the doorway to a thousand worlds." Kristan Higgins Author
  20. "Libraries are the air an author breathes. The creative storehouse for the writer's soul. The single indispensable link to the next generation of readers." Andy Straka Author
  21. "Libraries: cafeterias for food that feeds the mind." Louise Yelin Author
  22. But perhaps one of my favorite thoughts on libraries comes from the Father of Modern Librarianship himself … (be sure to pay special attention to his caveat)
  23. A library's function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapest way information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it." - Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)
  24. A library … So what are your thoughts?
  25. "What matters here is technical capital, it's social capital. These tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. It isn't when the shiny new tools show up that their uses start permeating; it's when everyone is able to take them for granted.“ - Clay Shirky, Ted Talk 6/09
  26. "Too much light often blinds gentlemen of this sort. They cannot see the forest for the trees." - Musarion [1768], Canto II
  28. Reality ► The digital book is changing everything.
  29. Reality ► Mobile builds bridges faster Six in 10 people around the world (60%) now have cellphone subscriptions, signaling that mobile phones are the communications technology of choice, particularly in poor countries. – UN Report, March 2, 2009 Up from 2002 – 15% Internet worldwide: 11%- 2002 >> 23% - 2008
  30. Reality ► Augmenting is the new information window
  31. Urban Spoon
  32. Reality ► Print is in peril
  33. “As many newspapers struggle to stay economically viable, fewer than half of Americans (43%) say that losing their local newspaper would hurt civic life in their community "a lot." Pew Research Study: Stop the Presses (March 12, 2009 )
  35. Distribution Center Distribution Agent Distribution format
  36. Distribution Center Distribution Agent Distribution format
  38. It’s not the death of the book to fear… it’s our dependency on formats as our community (service delivery) value!
  39. The Information Age, is an idea that the current age will be characterized by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely, and to have instant access to knowledge that would have been difficult or impossible to find previously. - Wikipedia, 9/09
  41. The information age of now …
  42. We Think
  44. Chauvet Cave – 32,000 yrs old
  47. HOMAGO
  48. YouLit Magazine is an online arts and literary publication for teens by teens. We feature poetry, photography, essays, illustrations and design created by teens out of Youmedia in the Chicago Public Library.
  50. Deeply Local
  55. DOK Cultural Heritage Surface Table
  60. Jessica, University City Library member since 2001
  64. Aarhus Public Library - MindSpot
  65. Modern Librarianship isn’t about …
  66. Modern Librarianship IS about an APPLIED SERVICE…
  67. • Knowledge consumption -> knowledge creation • Brings world to community -> Bring community to themselves • Promote the library -> Customers to market the value • Community services -> Community Impact
  70. Books Spaces Research information tools Computers ?
  71. ?
  72. Remember it’s not really about the bubbles …
  73. It’s about …
  74. Helene Blowers Digital Strategy Director Columbus Metropolitan Library Slides @

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  • Two thirds of the world’s cell phone subscriptions are in developing nations, with the highest growth rate in Africa where a quarter of the population now has a mobile, a United Nations agency said on Friday. While just 1 in 50 Africans had a mobile in the year 2000, now 28 percent have a cellular subscription, according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The world has more than three times more mobile cellular subscriptions than fixed telephone lines, and in some countries in Asia and Europe people have more than one contract each, pushing the mobile access rate above 100 percent.
  • Sportsvision’s “1st and ten” system premiered in fall of 1998 – 1 st augmented reality application for mass market.
  • Virtual box simulator
  • he handprint to the right is a cave painting drawn 32,000 years ago and is the oldest portrait of man. On the walls of Chauvet Cave in southern France, the artist used the technology of his day, tinted charcoal dust blown through a straw, to create a simple, yet powerful icon of human-ness. This image captures the essence of human-centered computing. Much like the Paleolithic beings, we still use technology to relate to, understand and depict the world around us, still trying to say "I am here. I am human."