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The Very Heart of It. Keynote at Urban Libraries Unite (ULU) Conference

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Text and slides from keynote at Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) Conference in Brooklyn, NY, April 5, 2013. The full text of the talk is available at: https://www.slideshare.net/pbromberg/urban-libraries-unite-ulu-conference-keynote-text-version-wslides

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The Very Heart of It. Keynote at Urban Libraries Unite (ULU) Conference

  1. 1. The Very Heart Of It The Timeless, Nourishing Value of Libraries Peter Bromberg | peterbromberg.comUrban Libraries Unite Conference | Brooklyn, NY. April 5, 2013
  2. 2. Why Are WeHere Today?
  3. 3. Here
  4. 4. Here Image: By User:Spyder_Monkey (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.0http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABrooklyn_Public_Library_Jan_2010.jpg
  5. 5. Here
  6. 6. Here
  7. 7. Here
  8. 8. Here
  9. 9. Here
  10. 10. Here
  11. 11. Here
  12. 12. Here
  13. 13. Today
  14. 14. World population: 7,000,000,000 Ever Lived: 108,000,000,000 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/3326203787/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  15. 15. Why Are We Here Today?
  16. 16. Nigel: It really puts perspective on things, though, doesnt it?David: Too much, theres too much f*#%ing perspective now.
  17. 17. the absolutely crazyhistorically unprecedented accelerating pace of Change or…
  18. 18. Exponential Pace of Change1.5 mill yrs lever, wedge500,000 yrs control of fire50,000 yrs bow & arrow5,000 years wheel and axle; sail500 years printing press with movable type; rifle100 years automobiles55 years satellites32 years IBM Home Computer28 years Windows / Mac20 years World Wide Web12-14 years iPod, Netflix, Tivo6-10 years Ubiquitous Broadband, Blogging, Skype4-6 years iPhone, Android, App Stores, Geolocation< 6 years SMS, Cell phone ubiquity, Twitter, Facebook Smartphones, Tablets, iPads, Cloud, Instagram, Snapchat< 2 years AMAZON-APPLE-GOOGLE-FACEBOOK
  19. 19. The pace of change is accelerating and theprogression is exponential. We are actually doubling the power of these technologies now in less than a year.Indeed [for a wide variety of technologies],we find not just simple exponential growth,but “double” exponential growth, meaning that the rate of exponential growth is itself growing exponentially. - Ray Kurzweil, Author, Inventor, Futurist http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-law-of-accelerating-returns https://www.facebook.com/blog/blog.php?post=112344532130
  20. 20. Change & Expectations“Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy” -Louis CK
  21. 21. Exponential Pace of Change1.5 mill yrs lever, wedge500,000 yrs control of fire50,000 yrs bow & arrow5,000 years wheel and axle; sail500 years printing press with movable type; rifle100 years automobiles55 years satellites32 years IBM Home Computer28 years Windows / Mac20 years World Wide Web12-14 years iPod, Netflix, Tivo6-10 years Ubiquitous Broadband, Blogging, Skype4-6 years iPhone, Android, App Stores, Geolocation< 6 years SMS, Cell phone ubiquity, Twitter, Facebook Smartphones, Tablets, iPads, Cloud, Instagram, Snapchat< 2 years AMAZON-APPLE-GOOGLE-FACEBOOK
  22. 22. Unfreeze/Change/Refreezewww.flickr.com/photos/circulating/3251962169 Kurt Lewin
  23. 23. Permanent Whitewater http://www.flickr.com/photos/nukeit1/244167779/
  24. 24. Permanent Revolutioncc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  25. 25. Graveyard of Disruptive Technology
  26. 26. Two QuestionsIn a permanent revolution:1. What changes?2. What doesn’t change? cc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  27. 27. So we were in this toy storetrying on funny noses and…
  28. 28. The librarysaved my life.
  29. 29. “Work is love made visible” - Kahlil GibranImages: http://urbanlibrariansunite.org
  30. 30. Center for an Urban Future says• Uniquely positioned to help address challenges• Key component of human capital system• Critical role: Skills development• Critical role: Job preparation• Critical role: Reading skills for young• Importance of technology access• Support for freelance economy See report at: http://nycfuture.org/pdf/Branches_of_Opportunity.pdf
  31. 31. The Urban Institute says• We build capacity for economic activity and resiliency• Relied on for pre-school learning and literacy• Support workforce entry• Support local businesses• Downtown/neighborhood anchor• Spur commercial development See report at: http://www.urban.org/uploadedpdf/1001075_stronger_cities.pdf
  32. 32. In a Permanent Revolution… What doesn’t change? Ways of Being What changes? Ways of Doing Revolution Image: cc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  33. 33. Flatten the Organization- Agile - - Flexible - - Adaptable - - Innovative - - Responsive -
  34. 34. Here’s the thing
  35. 35. We need You!(to be a one buttock player) CC by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cpstorm/356565724/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  36. 36. aka “Emergent Leader” - - Have no formal authority - Are passionate & engaged - Motivate others - Initiate new ideas - Seek others’ opinionsImage: http://www.makingadifferencedaily.com/apps/vblog/ (Emergent Leadership concept from Peter Northouse)
  37. 37. Make Something Up (and steal the rest)http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/4193508328 (no copyright)
  38. 38. Mini Library (Urban Libraries Unite)Photo: ULU: http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/books/small-but-full-of-stories-the-mini-library-helps-readers-recover-after-hurricane-sandy.html
  39. 39. Six Word Memoirs (Minneapolis Public Library)Photo by Emily Lloyd http://blogs.citypages.com/dressingroom/2012/04/emily_lloyd_6_words_minneapolis.php4/sizes/m/in/set-72157625192282865 /
  40. 40. Alternative Teen Fashion Show (Fayetteville (AR) Public Library http://vimeo.com/6725515 Video at: http://vimeo.com/6725515
  41. 41. Human Library (Edmonton Public Library) http://vimeo.com/6725515http://www.epl.ca/new-living-library-2013
  42. 42. Library Box (Jason Griffey) http://vimeo.com/6725515http://jasongriffey.net/librarybox
  43. 43. Knit in Public Day (Princeton Public Library) http://vimeo.com/6725515Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/princetonpubliclibrary/4730216611/in/set-72157624074943211/
  44. 44. Civic Discourse(Princeton Public Library) http://vimeo.com/6725515
  45. 45. Library Sleevefacing (Bowling Green State University)http://www.flickr.com/photos/bgsulib67/5148528014/sizes/m/in/set-72157625192282865/
  46. 46. There has never been a better time in the history of humanity to Steal The Rest • Webjunction • Social Media • Associations • ALADirect | ALAConnect • Consortia • Blogs • Literature • Facebook Groups • Personal Network • LinkedIn Groups • Slideshare.net • Webinars • Vendors • Listservs/Forums
  47. 47. Take care of yourself1. Optimism2. Mindfulness Mediation3. Nature4. Exercise5. Celebration/Appreciation6. Community Support7. Hope
  48. 48. Take care of yourself“You’re just full of hope. You’ve got morehope than most people do. It’s a beautiful thing to have a little hope for the world.”
  49. 49. Continually Connect… …one’s own small flame to the central flames of life and the world. We cannot predict the exact details of thefuture, but we can have a hand in shaping the heart of the future, including its context ofmeaning and our commitment and courage in advancing into the unknown. - Robert K Cooper, Ayman Sawaf, Executive EQ
  50. 50. Peter Bromberg | peterbromberg@gmail.comUrban Libraries Unite Conference, April 8, 2013, Brooklyn, NY Image CC BY-ND 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/iain/4101881178/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  51. 51. Deleted Scenes
  52. 52. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor E. Frankl
  53. 53. I think that the future, even tenor twenty years out, is going to get deeply weird - Michael Edson Director of Web and New Media Strategy, Smithsonian Institution
  54. 54. a ctic r P r n… e More Trust ula ts IReg esul R Trust is the conduit for influence; it’s the medium through which ideas travel. If they don’t trust you, your ideas are just dead in the water. Having the best idea is worth nothing if people don’t trust you." - Amy Cuddy
  55. 55. I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult. - E.B.White, misquoted For actual quote see: http://www.berfrois.com/2011/11/martha-white-on-e-b-white/
  56. 56. “The public library is a center of public happiness first” -John Cotton Dana A Library Primer, 3rd ed. 1903 -Image Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/John_Cotton_Dana_01.jpg
  57. 57. ICE - P• IQ: Intelligence Quotient• CQ: Curiosity Quotient• EQ: Emotional Intelligence Quotient• PQ: Passion Quotient

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