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Thinking Ahead: Trends and the Future of Libraries

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Thinking Ahead: Trends and the Future of Libraries

  1. 1. Thinking Ahead<br />
  2. 2. An ambitious agenda<br />Introductions<br />Strategic planning<br />Trends<br />Visioning<br />Next steps<br />
  3. 3. What I do<br />Stephen Spohn<br />Strategy, Planning, Trends, Effectiveness, Assessment<br />
  4. 4. On my mind<br />GLOBAL<br />SOCIAL<br />MOBILE<br />DIGITAL<br />OPEN<br />AUTHENTIC<br />Stephen Spohn<br />Strategy, Planning, Trends, Effectiveness, Assessment<br />
  5. 5. On your mind<br /><ul><li>A vibrant community.
  6. 6. Successful, engaged community members.
  7. 7. Vital libraries.
  8. 8. Where are you and your library in this future?</li></li></ul><li>Strategic planning?<br />
  9. 9. FOCUS<br />
  10. 10. In the strategic planning process<br />
  11. 11. Elements of the strategic plan<br />SWOT<br />Mission<br />Values<br />
  12. 12. Potential obstacles<br />Unrealistic time frame<br />Excluding the right people<br />Writing by committee<br />Failure to reach<br />Seeking perfection<br />
  13. 13. Library 2025<br />
  14. 14. What is happening today that can help us to better understand and prepare for the future?<br />
  15. 15. Global<br />
  16. 16. “The world seems smaller to me.”<br />
  17. 17. At the speed of light<br />News travels fast!<br />
  18. 18. Overload 2.0<br />The Steve RubelLifestream, 9/16/2009<br />
  19. 19. Human kindness is contagious<br />
  20. 20. Conversations<br />How can the library help people maintain meaningful, authentic connections with others locally and globally?<br />What is the role of the library in achieving global perspectives?<br />Why might the library be critical to keep communities together in the future?<br />
  21. 21. Mobile<br />
  22. 22. One device to rule them all<br /><ul><li>Connected
  23. 23. Convenient</li></ul>Immediate<br />Personalized<br />Informed<br />Empowered<br />
  24. 24. Droid does<br />Camcard – Business card importer<br />Pulse – RSS news<br />Google books – Reader<br />Dropbox – Cloud storage<br />Meebo – Chat<br />Remember the milk – GTD tasks<br />Blackboard Mobile – Learning<br />VNC viewer – Remote desktop<br />Google maps – GPS<br />
  25. 25. By the numbers<br />85% of American adults own a cell phone. Of those, 76% take pictures and 72% text. – Pew<br />47% of American adults access local news and information on their mobile phone or tablet computer. – Pew<br />7% of American adults own a tablet computer. – Pew<br /> The iPad was released in April 2010.<br />
  26. 26. Conversations<br />What is mobile?<br />Who are your mobile users? <br />What do they need/want while they are on the go?<br />How does your Web site render on a mobile device?<br />
  27. 27. Social<br />
  28. 28.
  29. 29. Millennials<br /><ul><li>Freedom of choice and expression
  30. 30. Customization and personalization
  31. 31. Transparency
  32. 32. Values and integrity
  33. 33. Play and interactivity
  34. 34. Collaboration and relationships
  35. 35. Speed of communication
  36. 36. Innovation</li></li></ul><li>Social media<br />
  37. 37. Conversations<br />Where are your users in the social media landscape?<br />Where are you?<br />How can you leverage social media to engage, inform and build your users?<br />
  38. 38. Digital<br />
  39. 39. The death of the bound volume<br />January 28, 2011Amazon announces that Kindle book sales eclipse paperback sales.<br />
  40. 40. From literacy to transliteracy<br />
  41. 41. A working definition<br />“The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and oralitythrough handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.”<br />
  42. 42. A digital divide that moves<br />
  43. 43. Conversations<br />What do you believe about the future of the book?<br />What is literacy today?<br />What changes to the library are prompted by your answers?<br />
  44. 44. Open<br />
  45. 45. Assessment and accountability<br />Cost to library users or user investment: $80,275,934<br />Cost to use alternatives to library: $163,509,642<br />
  46. 46. Participatory governance<br />
  47. 47. Ethics, accountability… lagging behind<br />Responsibility<br />Innovation<br />
  48. 48. Conversations<br />What are your community member expectations about openness?<br />How can your channel those expectations into good library PR and advocacy?<br />What next steps should the library take?<br />
  49. 49. Authentic<br />
  50. 50. Totally awesomeness<br /><ul><li>“The challenge of the 21st century isn't entrepreneurial as much as it is creative.”
  51. 51. Ethical production
  52. 52. Insanely great stuff
  53. 53. Love
  54. 54. Thick value</li></ul>@umairh 9/16/2009<br />
  55. 55. Research at the mall<br />
  56. 56. Conversations<br />What do your users remember about their experiences in your library?<br />What do they value?<br />How can you reshape their experiences to improve the value of the library to them?<br />
  57. 57. A Shared Vision<br />
  58. 58. The user perspective<br />How would you like a library user to describe you in five years or so?<br />
  59. 59. Conversations<br />How has the library contributed to solving community-wide issues?<br />What other positive impacts have you had on the community you serve?<br />What great successes immediately comes to mind when community members think about the library? <br />
  60. 60. Memorable and meaningful<br />Is it exciting?<br />Will it help get the library a place at the table?<br />Does it indicate progress?<br />Does it reflect community priorities?<br />Will staff support it?<br />Is it flexible?<br />
  61. 61. Thank you<br />Stephen Spohn<br />Strategy, Planning, Trends, Effectiveness, Assessment<br />

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