What is the disruption here?
• Wax, vinyl, tape, CD, MP3
• Beta, VHS, DVD … Streaming
• Online databases
• Google, Yahoo, Bing
• Digital Cameras – camera
• Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, Insta
• Siri, Facetime
• WebEx, AdobeConnect, G+
Hangouts, Web Conferencing
• Cloud, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)
What is the next disruption?
• Embedded devices
• Self publishing (Amazon or
• Art (Etsy, etc.)
• Internet of Things
• 3D printing
• Making culture
• Genomic advances
• Holographics, holodeck?
Can everyone source their force?
Can we contribute to everyone‟s self-actualization?
Are all types of libraries in the same boat?
Are the smokestacks / silos real?
Then what is disruptive to the ecosystem of learning and
libraries, learners and librarians?
Then what do you REALLY invest in learning and effort to
And that‟s just so easy, comfortable and beguiling…
• Guitar . . . Electric guitar
• Carriage . . . Horseless carriage
• Book . . . E-book
• Mail . . . E-mail
• Store . . . Online store
• Catalogue . . . OPAC
• Games . . . Video games . . . PC Games . . . Gamification
• Blackboard . . . Whiteboard . . . Smartboard
• In our world just put an „I‟ or an „E‟ in front of any noun.
Black and White
The polarization of discussion
Dogmatic vs. Professional positions on:
eBooks, access, copyright, gaming, graphic novels, etc.
Unnecessary drama and it’s a distraction
Political and social value systems in conflict
• Examples of B&W discussions
• These can sometimes lack professional perspectives, be politically
dogmatic and belief driven, and use metaphors symbolic of death~!
• E-books versus Physical Books
• Textbooks – eTextbooks - Coursepacks – Learning Objects
• Open access versus Proprietary Content
• Free versus Fee
• Business Models versus Social Models
• Apple versus Microsoft PC
• Desktop vs. Laptop vs. Tablet vs. Phone vs. Phablets
• Privacy and Confidentiality
• Make no mistake. I‟m not saying the discussions are wrong or taking
sides, I just think professionals see colours and shades of gray.
So let’s really think . . . What’s really going to happen?
• Evolution or Revolution?
• Education versus Learning
• Teaching versus Engagement
• Librarian versus coach, partner, developer, …
• Publisher / Vendor versus School / Academic Institution
• Curriculum versus Common Core
• Consumer versus professional search engines
• Delivery Institution or Learning Ecosystem
• Diplomas versus Accredited Providers
• Exploration and Creation Spaces
• Economic, community and cultural value and impact
Are you locked into library financial mindsets and a
culture of poverty?
Finding the BIG TRENDS
1. Follow the money and the market opportunity . . .
equity and venture capital
2. Watch the consumer market first for
devices, behaviours, entertainment . . . e.g.
3. Watch the rest of the world
4. Who stands to lose? Win?
(cataloguers, systems, metadata . . .)
5. What is on the fringes? (e.g. eBay and cars)
6. Think clearly about price, scalability and
7. “I spy with my little eye… something that is . . .”
So what am I spying . . .?
From an education library focus
• Global learning and publishing investments
• Online high schools (Gale Cengage, Stanford)
• Devices are markets (CleverU and Newmindsets)
• E-Learning (Blackboard, D2L, Moodle, ...)
• MOOCs (Almost 18 months of EdX, Udacity, Coursera)
• Learning and Experience Portals as classrooms (Khan Academy)
• What is happening with the textbook?
• New business models (big data models...)
• Discovery trumping Search
• Non-Text: Video, audio, read-speak, etc.
• Search Tuning – Lexiles, sentiment, visual, semantic, Sciencescape
• Advanced stuff – 3D printing, gamification, …
• Partnerships, alliances, mergers, on the state and national level
So what do you do as both an educator and librarian?
• Scale up! International and Province-wide and nationwide (a la
• Understand deeply the research on genome, behaviours, learning
styles, child and teen development, brain research . . . In the digital
• Develop your skill portfolio as a team instead of individuals and do
both your attitudes and aptitudes
• Be an ACTIVIST – not a slacktivist
• Avoid LONE WOLF syndrome
Build (some examples)
• Online teaching skills
• Online learning skills
• LMS MOOC development skills
• Teamwork competencies
• Partnership competencies (and not just not-for-profit)
• Your sacrificing skills
• Priority-setting and Milestone skills
• Cooperation and Collaboration skills
• Culture of Trials and Experiments “always in beta”
• Assessment skills and data analysis in a digital age.
• Advocacy and influencing skills