the future of digital libraries:
put a bird on it
sarah houghton
director of the
san rafael public library
author of libra...
Put a Bird on It
Portlandia
• 20%+ budget deficit
• 500%  in homelessness
• staff & FoL “no confidence”
• 2 death threats
• FOIA requests & lawsuits
...
I hate
everyone.
$65 million
grrr…argh…
the high
jealousy
angst
fatigue
burn out
apathy
fear
not all
doom and
gloom
no magic pill
trends to watch
shameless partnerships
social media
interactions
little libraries
livecast and
record events
tech classes
storytimes
open house
get in your governing
agency’s face *now*
demographics
local talent
signature event
kickstart something
prettify
be funny
gift things
morale
timid
librarians
not
allowed
stories and feelings last;
sexy doesn’t
community
moar lazerz!
ask the people you
serve what would make
their lives easier
we are the library.
we democratize
information & expertise.
contribute to
the solution
sarah houghton
librarianinblack.net
@thelib
librarianinblack@gmail.com
The Future of Digital Libraries / Sarah Houghton
The Future of Digital Libraries / Sarah Houghton
The Future of Digital Libraries / Sarah Houghton
The Future of Digital Libraries / Sarah Houghton
The Future of Digital Libraries / Sarah Houghton
The Future of Digital Libraries / Sarah Houghton
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After two decades of continuous library technology increases and a budget crisis that has affected nearly every library in the world, we are left with the question: what will the library of the future look like? We have seen huge cuts in expensive brick and mortar spaces and collections, in-person services and programming, and other face-to-face library services. At the same time, we are finally realizing the high return on investment for library web, mobile, hardware, and software services. The budget crisis may force us to face our inefficiencies and drastically re-engineer our services and the way we provide those services to our customers. How do these changes affect the daily work and priorities of technical staff? How can all library staff work together to best connect users with the information they want--when and where they want it? The legacy system is burning down all around us. What will emerge from the ashes? Sarah Houghton is the Director of the San Rafael Public Library. She is also known as the Librarian In Black. She's written and presented internationally on issues of libraries, freedom of information, and technology.

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  1. 1. the future of digital libraries: put a bird on it sarah houghton director of the san rafael public library author of librarianinblack.net
  2. 2. Put a Bird on It Portlandia
  3. 3. • 20%+ budget deficit • 500%  in homelessness • staff & FoL “no confidence” • 2 death threats • FOIA requests & lawsuits • mold, leaks, fleas, fed mandates • assaults at work & consulting • divorce/move
  4. 4. I hate everyone.
  5. 5. $65 million grrr…argh…
  6. 6. the high
  7. 7. jealousy
  8. 8. angst
  9. 9. fatigue
  10. 10. burn out
  11. 11. apathy
  12. 12. fear
  13. 13. not all doom and gloom
  14. 14. no magic pill
  15. 15. trends to watch
  16. 16. shameless partnerships
  17. 17. social media interactions
  18. 18. little libraries
  19. 19. livecast and record events
  20. 20. tech classes
  21. 21. storytimes
  22. 22. open house
  23. 23. get in your governing agency’s face *now*
  24. 24. demographics
  25. 25. local talent
  26. 26. signature event
  27. 27. kickstart something
  28. 28. prettify
  29. 29. be funny
  30. 30. gift things
  31. 31. morale
  32. 32. timid librarians not allowed
  33. 33. stories and feelings last; sexy doesn’t
  34. 34. community
  35. 35. moar lazerz!
  36. 36. ask the people you serve what would make their lives easier
  37. 37. we are the library. we democratize information & expertise.
  38. 38. contribute to the solution
  39. 39. sarah houghton librarianinblack.net @thelib librarianinblack@gmail.com

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