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ALIA National Library & Information Technicians’ Symposium 2013 presentation

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  1. 1. Guerrilla librarianship: issues for survival for organisations – new roles for librarians and library technicians Roxanne Missingham 2013 ALIA National Library & Information Technicians’ Symposium
  2. 2. "You went through to the CIA or the National Security Agency or something?" "No, a reference librarian up at St. Charles. She could find the street address of the caveman who invented the wheel".... Creole Belle by James Lee Burke.....
  3. 3. A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert. Andrew Carnegie
  4. 4. Libraries are the thin red line between civilisation and barbarism Neil Gaiman
  5. 5. Do I have to talk to insane people? You're a librarian (library technician) now. I'm afraid it's mandatory. Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died a Lot
  6. 6. Times of change Image from Boston College, Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room (2010) Recent additions to the collection – Fall 2010: An illustrated guide to the exhibit. 6
  7. 7. Winds of change Change: It’s Okay. Really. Since 1768. Really.
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  9. 9. Pew research
  10. 10. When researchers cannot get hold of a work in their library, 87% (US) and 90% (UK) often or occasionally search for a free online version. Schonfeld, R. (2013) “The Space Between: Our latest Ithaka S+R Issue Brief pinpoints where US faculty members and UK academics diverge and asks why?” 10
  11. 11. Charles Beagrie Ltd and The Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) University of Victoria (2012) Economic Impact Evaluation of the Economic and Social Data Service 11
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  13. 13. What is happening in the academy
  14. 14. After ipad?
  15. 15. Locking up access to information • Deep web • When is open really open • Risks to research, teaching and learning and collaboration • Locking up is more thank big publishers….electoral rolls and more • Up to 75% of government “publications” disappear in a decade
  16. 16. Competition: publishers • Joseph Konrath “Amazon will destroy you” • Emma Wright. “The future of the book business” – Publishing quality – Reading (esp children) – Market and value • Neil Gaiman - publishers must be like dandelions
  17. 17. Competition: Google - a licence to hunt 17
  18. 18. A future narrative • Digital coevolution (Nick Harkaway) • Nicholas Carr “Is Google making us stupid?”
  19. 19. Open access But a total conversion will be slow in coming, because scientists still have every economic incentive to submit their papers to high-prestige subscription journals. The subscriptions tend to be paid for by campus libraries, and few individual scientists see the costs directly. From their perspective, publication is effectively free. Van Noorden, R. (2013) Open access: The true cost of science publishing, Nature, 19
  20. 20. Communication
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  22. 22. Libraries 22
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  24. 24. • ALIA future of libraries project – themes convergence, connection, the golden age of information Small beauty By SharonPerrett 24
  25. 25. But In the UK – 293 libraries (258 buildings and 35 mobiles) are currently under threat or have been closed/left council control since 1/4/13 out of c.4265 in the UK. – 78 libraries and 14 mobiles (est.) were lost in 2012/13 – 201 library service points were lost 2011/12 25
  26. 26. Get your cranky pants on … in Australian government libraries are closing 26
  27. 27. Guerilla tips 1. Where are our users?
  28. 28. 2. Space & costs – collections and services
  29. 29. 3. Take a new look – it’s digital services 29
  30. 30. 4. Out and about – be different
  31. 31. • Over to you……. 31