Britannica Editors - March 13, 2012 For 244 years, the thick volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica have stood on the shelves of homes, libraries, and businesses everywhere, a source of enlightenment as well as comfort to their owners and users around the world.They’ve always been there. Year after year. Since 1768. Every. Single. Day.But not forever.Today we’ve announced that we will discontinue the 32-volume printed edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica when our current inventory is gone.A momentous event? In some ways, yes; the set is, after all, nearly a quarter of a millennium old. But in a larger sense this is just another historical data point in the evolution of human knowledge.For one thing, the encyclopedia will live on—in bigger, more numerous, and more vibrant digital forms. And just as important, we the publishers are poised, in the digital era, to serve knowledge and learning in new ways that go way beyond reference works. In fact, we already do.Britannica Editors (2012) Change: It’s Okay. Really. Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog. http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2012/03/change/
Guerrilla librarianship: issues for
survival for organisations – new roles
for librarians and library technicians
2013 ALIA National Library & Information
"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.....
A library outranks any other one thing a
community can do to benefit its people. It is
a never failing spring in the desert.
Libraries are the thin red line between
civilisation and barbarism
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
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. http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/law_sites/library/pdf/RBR_items/pdf/F10RecentAcqsExhibitHandout.pdf
Winds of change
Change: It’s Okay.
Since 1768. Really.
When researchers cannot get hold of a work
in their library, 87% (US) and 90% (UK)
often or occasionally search for a free online
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?” http://www.sr.ithaka.org/blog-individual/space-between
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 http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/ESDS_Economic_Impact_Evaluation_tcm8-22229.pdf
What is happening in the academy
Locking up access to information
• Deep web
• When is open really open
• Risks to research, teaching and learning
• Locking up is more thank big
publishers….electoral rolls and more
• Up to 75% of government “publications”
disappear in a decade
• Joseph Konrath “Amazon will destroy you”
• Emma Wright. “The future of the book
– Publishing quality
– Reading (esp children)
– Market and value
• Neil Gaiman - publishers must be like
Competition: Google - a licence to hunt
A future narrative
• Digital coevolution
• Nicholas Carr “Is
Google making us
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
Van Noorden, R. (2013) Open access: The true
cost of science publishing, Nature,
• ALIA future of
libraries project –
golden age of
Small beauty By SharonPerrett
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
– 201 library service points were lost 2011/12
Get your cranky pants on
… in Australian government libraries are
Guerilla tips 1. Where are our users?
2. Space & costs – collections and