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Miscellaneous Connections


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Plenary presentation for the ANZ Society of Indexers Conference in Sydney, 16 October 2009

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Miscellaneous Connections

  1. 1. Miscellaneous Connections<br />the digital and institutional environments<br />Mal Booth<br />UTS Library, October 2009<br />
  2. 2. Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1922 text)<br />Contains Hazel Bell’s Wheatley Medal winning index.<br /><br />
  3. 3. Seven Pillars of WisdomThe ParallelText (1997)<br />Collection of the Australian War Memorial, presented by the publishers, Jeremy Wilson & Nicole Helari<br />
  4. 4. A messy but connected collection of miscellaneous ideas, thoughts, images and links to places on the web and about some institutions<br />Collaborators:<br /> @CathStyles @paulhagon @MissSophieMac @mhuston @lizholcombeall in Google Documents<br />+ Robyn Van Dyk & Alex Byrne by email<br />
  5. 5. If this doesn&apos;t work: blame them!<br />
  6. 6. It just doesn&apos;t make sense to chunk it up and put an arbitrary structure around stuff like this, so I won’t.Maybe that is why things like DAMS, ECM, WCM and EDRMS are so hard to do and so painful as experiences?I think we are trying to apply too many techniques and methods from the physical world in the digital world.<br />
  7. 7. Trying to put a physical taxonomic protocol on digital material either doesn&apos;t work at all or at best, not very well. It is too cumbersome, too slow, too costly, too restricted.There is no &quot;right&quot; way to do it because we cannot agree on the categories & because of the size of the problem and the time it takes to do things the old way (in unhelpful systems, adding formal metadata).<br />  <br />
  8. 8. The web is too fluid, too dynamic. It is never finished; a work in progressWe are no longer limited by volume, storage, film, distance, membership, pages, chapters, paragraphs, the concept of the physical object, place, time or even ownershipAnd yes, we&apos;re struggling with that last one too - Copyright wasn&apos;t designed for a web platform<br /><br />
  9. 9. So what helps now?<br />In addition to given subject headings, Dewey, & other taxonomies<br />Tagging, playlists, hyperlinks, shared platforms & data, applications, mashups, ‘digital altruism’<br />Is it really digital convergence or is it convergence of the best of the physical and digital worlds?<br />
  10. 10. . . . by letting users tag URLs and then aggregating those tags, we&apos;re going to be able to build alternate organizational systems, systems that, like the Web itself, do a better job of letting individuals create value for one another, often without realizing it.<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
  11. 11. We&apos;re sharing knowledge & collaborating to do it (think Wikipedia)<br />We&apos;re staying connected: social networks and the mobile web, micro-blogging<br />We&apos;re helping & engaging with each other <br />Examples from the film:<br /> <br />  <br /><br /><br />
  12. 12. Have you seen this?<br /><br /> <br />
  13. 13. We&apos;re creating and sharing film, images, games, data and text more freely than ever<br /><br />
  14. 14. We&apos;re sharing software and free applications to help all of the above, e.g. Echofon and Tweetdeck for iPhones<br />  <br />
  15. 15. We&apos;re having our say and we&apos;re reading what others have to say, not just traditional media & publishing<br /><br /><br />
  16. 16. We&apos;re figuring out new ways to trust each other and to judge authenticity<br /><br /><br />
  17. 17. Institutions<br />It is no longer adequate to wait for people to come to us: physically or via our homepages. Our content MUST be findable open and then we must get out to where the people are!<br />Content is king, but clever access to content is God, no amount of content is good, if you can&apos;t access it.<br />@paulhagon (NLA)<br />
  18. 18. We&apos;re freeing up our data (slowly) and allowing others to do clever things with it<br /><br /><br />
  19. 19. Other stuff I like<br /><br />
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  26. 26. NewUTSLibraryservices: data curation, e-publishing, i-repositories (for research), & facilitating better rights management <br /><br />
  27. 27. Librarians must continue to be proactive in their attempts to reach students and other researchers where they begin their search. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br />*/*/*/feed<br /> <br />
  28. 28. Library of the Future<br />How we will get there<br />Vodafone Electronics Tutor, Lisbon<br />
  29. 29. Automated Storage & retrieval system<br />Specification development (now)<br />Relegation policies & algorithms (soon)<br />ASRS tender(s) from early 2010<br />Excavation & build from 2011<br />Plan decant & ingest from mid-2012<br />Procure ASRS – late 2012<br />Collection decant & tote load from Aug 2013<br />Operational use of ASRS from Aug 2013?<br />
  30. 30. exemplars<br />1. Service delivery <br />• “Barefoot” librarians<br />• 24/7 service<br />• “Triage” or tiered levels of service<br />• Client & staff circulation and interaction<br />• Use of furniture or space design that helps or facilitates improved service<br />• Way finding & signage<br />Qantas Sydney <br />First lounge<br />Faculty hub concept, US<br />
  31. 31. exemplars<br />2. Personalised or customised services<br />• Spaces designed specifically to meet target groups or individuals<br />• Personalised services<br />• Consultation services<br />Codrington Library, All Souls, Oxford<br />
  32. 32. exemplars<br />3. New physical and virtual spaces & integration of those<br /><ul><li>Security initiatives and access regulation
  33. 33. Evidence of the physical and digital spaces working together
  34. 34. New teaching & learning spaces, group study spaces, training facilities
  35. 35. Staff office spaces or other concepts
  36. 36. Showcasing eScholarship</li></ul>Top: “reactable”, tangible multi-touch interface.<br />Bottom: AMP office refurbishment, Sydney <br />
  37. 37. And while all of these sustainable operational initiatives are important and commendable, they are really just the tip of the iceberg. What is really important is the impact companies have on the world in terms of the actual work they do.<br />The actions we inspire, enable and facilitate are by far the biggest part of our ecological footprint, that’s the chunk of the iceberg under the waterline . . .<br />Dave Gravina, Digital Eskimo<br />exemplars<br />4. Sustainability<br /><ul><li>Green initiatives
  38. 38. Affect on the environment
  39. 39. How is staff participation encouraged?
  40. 40. Creating a fun environment to work in</li></ul>Green City Council building, Melbourne<br />SYNTHe roof garden,<br />Los Angeles<br />Surry Hills <br />Library & Community Centre.<br />
  41. 41. exemplars<br />5. Social interaction, collaboration and networking (“community”) <br /><ul><li>Space & furniture design
  42. 42. Lighting
  43. 43. Inclusion of other facilities (eg. cafes)
  44. 44. Evidence of a community being encouraged</li></ul>UQ Engineering learning commons.<br />Left: Listening Lounge in atrium Murray State U.<br />Right: Forest Science Centre, UBC.<br />
  45. 45. exemplars<br />6. Flexibility & other innovation/experimentation<br />New Macquarie Bank HQ.<br /><ul><li>Easily reconfigurable or repurposed spaces
  46. 46. Multi-purpose spaces
  47. 47. Spaces that differ between night & day
  48. 48. Behaviour stimulation?
  49. 49. Creative spatial experiments!</li></ul>Bike parking & repairs @ Digital Eskimo<br />“Box” innovation lab @ the London School of Economics.<br />
  50. 50. Image credits:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />My profile can be found here:<br /> <br />