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Imagination & Digitisation


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Presentation by Chris Meade of if:book
to school librarians in Kingston,
June 09

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Imagination & Digitisation

  1. 1. if:book The Future of the Book Imagination & Digitisation Media Futures Conference Chris Meade
  2. 2. What is a book? “sadly there are thousands… (of) schools where the library is still a few shelves in a corridor, where books are a low priority, where head teachers believe that all a love of books can do, is better done by a computer. It should never be a case of either, or. We need both: IT and a great library.” - Michael Morpurgo, Times Online, Jan 2009
  3. 3. What is a library  The laptop is the access point to an amazing free library  How to promote creative reading skills for the digital age?  It’s not a matter of page versus screen.
  4. 4. What is if:book  A think and do tank exploring the future of the book as our culture moves from printed page to networked screen …and the potential of new media for creative readers and writers
  5. 5. Who am I?? > Public libraries as Imagination Service > Your local point of access to culture > Helping poetry thrive in Britain today Poetry Places  Bringing Books and People together..  Bookstart…Everybody Writes…  THEN… Creative Writing & New Media
  6. 6. What is a library?  A public private space  A breathing space  An imagination service A special place from which to view the web.
  7. 7. What is a book? This year’s iPod moment: A book is an experience  A container of culture  A conversation  A bounded entity  A constantly changing form - from papyrus to Codex to paperback and beyond
  8. 8. Is reading dying? QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.  One third of UK don’t ‘do’ books  Readers online don’t concentrate  But the web still relies on reading and writing  Young people want stories, ideas, information - no problem with books  They like the ‘look and feel’ too  NEED HELP navigating their way
  9. 9. Creative Reading & Writing We can all publish ourselves We can all respond to what we read But do young people Read in a new way?
  10. 10. “Online Literacy Is a Lesser Kind” - Mark Bauerlein  Chronicle of Higher Education in the US:  "When Jakob Nielsen, a Web researcher, tested 232 people for how they read pages on screens, a curious disposition emerged. "We should accept that the Web is too fast-paced for big-picture learning. No problem; we have other media, and each has its strengths. At the same time, the Web is perfect for narrow, just-in-time learning of information nuggets — so long as the learner already has the conceptual framework in place to make sense of the facts.""
  11. 11. New Ways with Words  Blogosphere  Fanfiction  Alternate Reality Games  Wikinovels  New Media Writing… - all need to be on the library map
  12. 12. Some e-writers  Cory Doctorow  Naomi Alderman Perplex City  Kate Pullinger -   Tim Wright Dreaming Methods
  13. 13. Some e-readers Kindle Sony Reader iPhone Nintendo Any phone Any laptop The coloured e-inked flexi-page Cometh!
  14. 14. The web of words But for how much longer? Youtube replacing Google for search?
  15. 15. e-readers How do we help Young people Read in New Ways?
  16. 16. Experiments in Reading      
  17. 17. Library of the Future of the Book Digital imagination - Showing what’s on offer Taking care of what really matters
  18. 18. School Library of the Future?  E-Reading groups  Find of the week  Displays of different reading platforms