WENDY Support is there, not commitment. There is a lot that people don’t know about libraries. Support is only marginally related to use. Don’t focus on users. Perceptions of the librarian are highly relevant to support. “Passionate librarians” who are involved in the community make a difference. The library occupies a clear position as a provider of practical answers and information. This is a crowded space. Reposition. Belief that the library is a transformational force in people’s lives is directly related to their level of funding support. Increasing support may not necessarily mean a trade-off with financial support for other public services. Elected officials are supportive… but not committed to increased funding. Identifying and engaging super supporters and probable supporters is critical.
The Future: Digital/Print Library Hybrids Stephen Abram, MLS METRO, Library Directors’ Round Table, Nov. 14, 2012
Funding is Attitudinal … Support versus Commitment
Content FragmentationDigitization’s real impact – non-fictionFormat Print, ePUB, PDF, Kindle, etc. etc. CD, DVD, USB, etc. etc. Streaming Licenses, Open Access, Creative Commons, etc. etc.eBookseJournalseContentCopyright Issues (NatGeo, Tasini, TPP, SOPA, etc. etc.)Author LawsuitsCitation fragmentation
Beyond TextTextGraphics & ChartsFormulaePicturesMapsVideoAudioGamificationDeep Data MiningAssessmentsEtc. etc.
Trends Differ Slightly by Library SectorPublic LibrariesAcademic Research LibrariesCommunity College LibrariesSchool LibrariesSpecialized LibrariesConsortia
Public LibrariesRecommendations (LibraryThing for Libraries, BiblioCommons, Book Psychic)Community GlueEconomic ImpactProgramsPartnershipsEducation and Learning
Academic Research LibrarieseLearningRepositoriesContent ArchipelagosLibGuidesPatron-driven acquisitionsInformation FluencyDemarcation between Undergrad, Grad and Faculty/Staff strategiesCopyright complianceE-Coursepacks and e-ReservesStrategic budgetingPartnerships
Community College and UndergradInformation LiteracyDistance education and eLearningTextbooks, Reserves, Coursepacks, e-allMOOCsMobilityCollections for new degrees and certifications
School LibrariesCommon Core21st Century LearningFuture of the TextbookScaffolded Information Literacy / FluencyFiltersStaff and Faculty relationshipsClassroom pages
Let’s thinkThink: Are you thinking food, courses,days, weekly plan, or nutrition overall?What is a meal in library end-user community or research, education andlearning terms?
KNOWLEDGE PORTALS KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING,INFORMATION & RESEARCH COMMONS
What are the real issues?Craft versus Industrial StrengthPilot, Project, Initiative versus Portfolio StrategyHand knitted prototypes versus Productione.g. Information Literacy initiatives Discovery versus Search versus Deep Search eLearning unitsStrategic Analytics Value measures Behaviours
What We Never Really Knew Before 27% of our users are under 18. 59% are female. 29% are college students. often believe a lot that isn’t We true. 5% are professors and 6% are teachers. On any given day, 35% of our users are there for the very first time! Only 29% found the databases via the library website. 59% found what they were looking for on their first search. 72% trusted our content more than Google. But, 81% still use Google.
What Would You Attempt IfYou Knew You Would NotFail?
My Humble Recommendations Focus on the user, I mean really Pilot and experiment with mobile social cohorts Classes (mobile training or extended learning) Reading cohorts and book clubs Member, Researcher and Learner driven strategies first Associations, Consortia and Collaboratives Fundraising Reorganize for simplicity and flexibility Teams (business or sport)
My Humble Recommendations Actively lobby and educate to ensure that the emerging mobile ecosystem supports the values and principles of librarianship for balance in the rights of end users for use, access, learning and research. Support vendors and laws to be as agnostic as possible by ensuring that, as far as possible your services and content offerings support the widest range of devices, formats, browsers, and platforms.
Get to where the user is.eLearning, Mobile, Distant, VirtualTools
My Humble Recommendations Design for frictionless access using such opportunities as geo-IP and mobile ready websites Test everything in all browsers – mobile or not – all devices. Invest in usability research aimed at the user experience and test and learn from it and share your learning. Don’t prioritize the librarian experience first Watch key developments in major publishing spaces – retail, video, kiddy lit, textbooks, e-learning, fiction, etc. Spot the differences and opportunities
My Personal Hobby Horses This is an evolution not a revolution The REAL revolution was the Internet and the Web. The hybrid ecology is winning in the near term for operating systems and content formats. This is good since competition drives innovation and we’re in a Renaissance not an end game right now. Engage in critical thinking not raw criticism. Be constructive. Critical thinking is not part of dogma or religious fervor or fan boy behavior.
My Personal Hobby Horses This is an evolution not a revolution Perfectionism will not move us forward at this juncture. Really understand the digital divide and remove your economic and social class blinkers Get real about teens and Boomers Get over library obsession with statistics and comprehensiveness. Get excellent at real measurements, sampling and understanding impact and satisfaction. (Analytics, Foresee, Pew)
My Personal Hobby Horses This is an evolution not a revolution We need to revisit the concept of preservation, archives, repositories, and conservation from an access and linked data view. Check out new publishing models like Flipboard. Watch for emerging book enhancements and other features that will challenge library metadata, selection policies, preservation, and collection development.