FrankenLibraries or Librarytopia?
Stephen Abram
stephen.abram@gmail.com
CLA: London Ontario
Oct. 7, 2013
Slides will appea...
The disruptions that were predicted . . .
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3
What is the disruption here?
• Radio
• Telephone
• Cars
• Planes
• Television
• Talkies
• PCs
• Internet
• E-mail
• Wax, v...
What is the next disruption?
• Robotics
• Nano
• Embedded devices
• Self publishing (Amazon or
Lulu)
• Art (Etsy, etc.)
• ...
Can everyone source their force?
Can we contribute to everyone‟s self-actualization?
Are all types of libraries in the sam...
Then what is disruptive to the ecosystem of learning and
libraries, learners and librarians?
7
Then what do you REALLY inv...
8
And that‟s just so easy, comfortable and beguiling…
9
10
Retronyms
• Guitar . . . Electric guitar
• Carriage . . . Horseless carriage
• Book . . . E-book
• Mail . . . E-mail
• ...
Rogers
11
12
So we’ve seen . . .
• Banks become ATMs
• Books become e-books and documents become PDFs
• Textbooks become e-textbooks...
13
Black and White
The polarization of discussion
Dogmatic vs. Professional positions on:
eBooks, access, copyright, gaming, ...
Black & White
20
• Examples of B&W discussions
• These can sometimes lack professional perspectives, be politically
dogmatic and belief ...
21
So let’s really think . . . What’s really going to happen?
• Evolution or Revolution?
• Education versus Learning
• Tea...
Are you locked into library financial mindsets and a
culture of poverty?
What about value and impact?
Or shall we stick with this?
Grocery Stores
Grocery Stores
Grocery Stores
Cookbooks, Chefs . . .
Cookbooks, Chefs . . .
People just want Meals
Finding the BIG TRENDS
1. Follow the money and the market opportunity . . .
equity and venture capital
2. Watch the consum...
38
So what am I spying . . .?
From an education library focus
• Global learning and publishing investments
• Online high s...
Deer in headlamps slide here.
The signs . . . There‟s always another view…
40
What are the big opportunities to
transform library land?
To be all that we can be and
respect our foundations . . .
Makerspaces
STEM versus STEAM
Education alignment
Business alignment
Community learning and creativity
42
E-Learning
Colleges and Universities
Diplomas, certificates and
accreditation
Support (people, tech, resources, and
space)
Online High Schools
Understand JK-12 curriculum
Home schooling as a market
Homework support
44
MOOCs
For staff development
In the OPAC
As a portfolio strategy
45
Repositories
Local history
Special collections
Archives
Archipelago avoidance
DPLA and OCLC Linked Data
Reader Engagement
Bibliocommons
Browsing
Online book clubs and reviews
Beyond fiction
47
Readers First
Canadian publishing & discovery
Long Tail
Retail and Borrowing
CULC
48
Programs on steroids
Aligned with a cross justified with
collections
Web conferencing
Podcasts, etc.
Outreach versus Reach
Liaison
Partnerships
What %age of your staff are onsite vs. in the
community
50
Engagement
Social media and IRL F2F
Food, coffee and the sink in the
desk
Wiring the wireless
51
Gaming and Gamification
Teens and Adults
Developmental stages:
puberty, genome, IQ, brain
research
Crowdfunding
Rally.org, IndieGoGo, Kickstarter
Strategic financial planning
Cash Cows and Innovation
Strategic priority re...
And for the IT centric . . .
The Cloud
Portals
Experience Design vs. Usability
Metadata embedding and scaling
But understa...
Advocacy versus Influence
Telling our stories
Building our muscle
Engaging others to speak
Wine versus Whine
56
What is a
Boundaryless
Library?
59
So what do you do as both an educator and librarian?
• Scale up! International and Province-wide and nationwide (a la
O...
60
Build (some examples)
• Online teaching skills
• Online learning skills
• LMS MOOC development skills
• Teamwork compet...
Do You Feel Poor?
‘Cuz you’re not.
62
Smelly
Yellow
Liquid
Or
Sex
Appeal
?
Until lions learn to write their own story,
the story will always be from the perspective
of the hunter not the hunted.
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Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA
Consultant, Dysart & Jones/Lighthouse Consulting
Cel: 416-669-4855
stephen.abram@gmail.com
Stephe...
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    1. 1. FrankenLibraries or Librarytopia? Stephen Abram stephen.abram@gmail.com CLA: London Ontario Oct. 7, 2013 Slides will appears on Stephen‟s Lighthouse Blog
    2. 2. The disruptions that were predicted . . . 2
    3. 3. 3
    4. 4. What is the disruption here? • Radio • Telephone • Cars • Planes • Television • Talkies • PCs • Internet • E-mail • Wax, vinyl, tape, CD, MP3 • Beta, VHS, DVD … Streaming media • Smartboards • Online databases • Amazon • Google, Yahoo, Bing • eBay • eBooks • Boolean • Digital Cameras – camera phones • Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, Insta gram • Siri, Facetime • WebEx, AdobeConnect, G+ Hangouts, Web Conferencing • Cloud, SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) 4
    5. 5. What is the next disruption? • Robotics • Nano • Embedded devices • Self publishing (Amazon or Lulu) • Art (Etsy, etc.) • Internet of Things • 3D printing • Making culture • Genomic advances • Frankenfoods • Holographics, holodeck? 5
    6. 6. 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? 6
    7. 7. Then what is disruptive to the ecosystem of learning and libraries, learners and librarians? 7 Then what do you REALLY invest in learning and effort to understand them?
    8. 8. 8
    9. 9. And that‟s just so easy, comfortable and beguiling… 9
    10. 10. 10 Retronyms • 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.
    11. 11. Rogers 11
    12. 12. 12 So we’ve seen . . . • Banks become ATMs • Books become e-books and documents become PDFs • Textbooks become e-textbooks • Classes become e-classes • Conferences become virtual conferences
    13. 13. 13
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. Black & White
    16. 16. 20 • 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.
    17. 17. 21 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
    18. 18. Are you locked into library financial mindsets and a culture of poverty?
    19. 19. What about value and impact?
    20. 20. Or shall we stick with this?
    21. 21. Grocery Stores
    22. 22. Grocery Stores
    23. 23. Grocery Stores
    24. 24. Cookbooks, Chefs . . .
    25. 25. Cookbooks, Chefs . . .
    26. 26. People just want Meals
    27. 27. 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. ringtones 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 penetration. 7. “I spy with my little eye… something that is . . .” 32
    28. 28. 38 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
    29. 29. Deer in headlamps slide here.
    30. 30. The signs . . . There‟s always another view… 40
    31. 31. What are the big opportunities to transform library land? To be all that we can be and respect our foundations . . .
    32. 32. Makerspaces STEM versus STEAM Education alignment Business alignment Community learning and creativity 42
    33. 33. E-Learning Colleges and Universities Diplomas, certificates and accreditation Support (people, tech, resources, and space)
    34. 34. Online High Schools Understand JK-12 curriculum Home schooling as a market Homework support 44
    35. 35. MOOCs For staff development In the OPAC As a portfolio strategy 45
    36. 36. Repositories Local history Special collections Archives Archipelago avoidance DPLA and OCLC Linked Data
    37. 37. Reader Engagement Bibliocommons Browsing Online book clubs and reviews Beyond fiction 47
    38. 38. Readers First Canadian publishing & discovery Long Tail Retail and Borrowing CULC 48
    39. 39. Programs on steroids Aligned with a cross justified with collections Web conferencing Podcasts, etc.
    40. 40. Outreach versus Reach Liaison Partnerships What %age of your staff are onsite vs. in the community 50
    41. 41. Engagement Social media and IRL F2F Food, coffee and the sink in the desk Wiring the wireless 51
    42. 42. Gaming and Gamification Teens and Adults Developmental stages: puberty, genome, IQ, brain research
    43. 43. Crowdfunding Rally.org, IndieGoGo, Kickstarter Strategic financial planning Cash Cows and Innovation Strategic priority resourcing 53
    44. 44. And for the IT centric . . . The Cloud Portals Experience Design vs. Usability Metadata embedding and scaling But understand that the means serve the end 54
    45. 45. Advocacy versus Influence Telling our stories Building our muscle Engaging others to speak Wine versus Whine
    46. 46. 56
    47. 47. What is a Boundaryless Library?
    48. 48. 59 So what do you do as both an educator and librarian? • Scale up! International and Province-wide and nationwide (a la OCLC) • Understand deeply the research on genome, behaviours, learning styles, child and teen development, brain research . . . In the digital context. • 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
    49. 49. 60 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
    50. 50. Do You Feel Poor? ‘Cuz you’re not.
    51. 51. 62
    52. 52. Smelly Yellow Liquid Or Sex Appeal ?
    53. 53. Until lions learn to write their own story, the story will always be from the perspective of the hunter not the hunted.
    54. 54. 69
    55. 55. Stephen Abram, MLS, FSLA Consultant, Dysart & Jones/Lighthouse Consulting Cel: 416-669-4855 stephen.abram@gmail.com Stephen’s Lighthouse Blog http://stephenslighthouse.com Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr: Stephen Abram LinkedIn: Stephen Abram Twitter: @sabram SlideShare: StephenAbram1

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