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.
• 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
• Delivery Institution or Learning Ecosystem
• Diplomas versus Accredited Providers
Are you locked into library financial mindsets?
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
7. “I spy with my little eye… something that is . . .”
So what am I spying . . .?
From a School 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)
• 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
• Search – known item retrieval
• Topical or Subject Search
• Immersive Learning
• Two step discovery: discover, searching, finding, use
• The pressure is ON for librarians to scale up their
information fluency and experience curation
What are the real issues?
• Craft versus Industrial Strength
• Personal service only when there‟s impact
• Automated personalization and archiving
• Pilot, Project, Initiative versus Portfolio Strategy
• Hand-knitted prototypes versus Production
• e.g. Information Literacy initiatives
• Discovery versus Search versus Deep Search
• eLearning units
• Citation and information ethics
• Repository and content archipelagos
• Strategic Analytics
• Value & Impact Measures, Behaviours, Satisfaction
• Policy, economic and strategic alignment
So what do you do as both an educator and librarian?
• Scale up! Statewide and nationwide (a la OCLC)
• 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
• 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