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Digital Future

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Presentation I gave for my (successful) interview for the job of Assistant Director: eStrategy and Information Resources at Imperial College London

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  • You have to have a solid foundation on which to build<br /><br/>
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  • Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft?

    Dawson Books, Blackwell, Elsevier, Coutts?<br /><br/>
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  • But the world is a big place - no longer constrained by the physical library
    Need to engage with external and internal partners:<br /><br/>
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  • Alan Kay (Computer Scientist, advisor to the One Laptop per Child ($100 laptop) program

    We have to be daring - take risks (and encourage others to do the same)<br /><br/>
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  • Attributed to Kenneth Olsen, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.<br /><br/>
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Digital Future

  1. 1. Digital Future? How should Imperial College Library position itself to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Digital Future and to deal with the challenges it presents?
  2. 2. <ul><li>There is </li></ul><ul><li>no reason </li></ul><ul><li>for any individual to have </li></ul><ul><li>a computer </li></ul><ul><li>in their home </li></ul>
  3. 3. Flexible
  4. 5. The Way Forward <ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul>
  5. 6. Vision
  6. 7. <ul><li>The best way to </li></ul><ul><li>predict the future </li></ul><ul><li>is to </li></ul><ul><li> invent it . </li></ul>
  7. 8. Staff
  8. 9. Share the Vision
  9. 10. Develop the Skills
  10. 11. Partners
  11. 13. Who would you like to work with?
  12. 14. Users
  13. 15. From Consumers to Contributors
  14. 16. Share the Vision
  15. 17. Personalise Users are people too
  16. 18. Infrastructure
  17. 20. Do you have the right Infrastructure? <ul><li>Business Processes </li></ul><ul><li>IT Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Structures </li></ul>
  18. 21. In Summary <ul><li>Be Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Have a Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate Users (and Uses) </li></ul><ul><li>Review Infrastructure </li></ul>

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