The Future: Frankenbooks, Social Libraries & Learning Stephen Abram, MLS California Library Association SJSU SLIS LectureThese slides are available at Stephen’s Lighthouse blog Pasadena, CA Nov. 12, 2011
News Flash“The Internet and technology have now progressed to their infancy”
7 Gifts to Libraries, Publishers & Booksellers1. The book isn’t dead or dying. It is evolving.2. Our users/customers are improving.3. Technology is going social and can support social acts.4. The PC isn’t dead, but, again, it’s evolving and more mobile.5. We know more about our customers than ever before.6. Talent, Insight, Community, have social value.7. Opportunities always exist more in times of change
What does all this mean? The Article level universe The Chapter and Paragraph Universe Integrated with Visuals – graphics and charts Integrated with ‘video’ Integrated with Sound and Speech Integrated with social web Integrated with interaction and not just interactivity How would you enhance a book? How do Libraries play the game?
Why do people read?1. To learn2. To engage in hearing other’s opinions (to agree or disagree or understand)3. To develop more knowledge about myself and develop as a whole person4. To be entertained and laugh, to engage and interact5. To address boredom and the inexorable progress of time6. To research and keep up-to-date7. To participate well in civil society (everything from news to voting)8. To be informed (and maybe smarter)9. To understand others (individually and culturally)10. To escape our day-to-day lives11. To stimulate the imagination and be inspired or spiritual12. To write and communicate better through reading others13. To teach14. To have something to talk about15. To connect with like-minded people
Borders Kobo, B&N Nook, Amazon Kindle/Fire, Apple iPad, Sony Reader, etc. . . .
What are your top 10-20 questions?What is the service portfolio model that goes with those?
The Baker’s Dozen: LVA Top 131. Health and Wellness / Community Health / Nutrition / Diet / Recovery2. DIY Do It Yourself Activities and Car Repair3. Genealogy4. Test prep (SAT, ACT, occupational tests, etc. etc.)5. Legal Questions (including family law, divorce, adoption, etc)6. Hobbies, Games and Gardening7. Local History8. Consumer reviews (Choosing a car, appliance, etc.)9. Homework Help (grade school)10. Technology Skills (software, hardware, web)11. Government Programs, Services and Taxation12. Self-help/personal development13. Careers (jobs, counselling, etc.)14. Readers Advisory was 14th
Top 12 Patron Hobbies Recreational Reading Cooking & Recipes Computers Movies & Film Exercise, Cycling & WalkingTraveling, Tourism & Vacations Music Pets Gardening Television Shows Arts & Crafts Knitting & Needlecrafts 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
The newbibliography and collection development KNOWLEDGE PORTALS KNOWLEDGE, LEARNING, INFORMATION & RESEARCH COMMONS
Driving the Knowledge Portalalignment with User Behaviour
How would this look? Top Reference and Research Questions Do you know them? Or do you know retail sales numbers or circulation numbers better? Health . . . Career Advice and Job Finding Genealogy Homework Etc.
Questions for Libraries & Publishers Today:1. Are our priorities right?2. Are learning, research, discovery changing materially and what is actually changing?3. Books. Meh.4. What is the role of information and recreational reading in the real future (that is not an extension of the past)?5. Are we for the 21st Century world that will be or the 20th Century one that was?
Fun Program Ideas Act Like a User Day (signs, sign up, ADD, kids) Librarian for a Day – Homework Peer Coaching Fraud and ID Theft Prevention Facebook for Teens – Study, Sharing and Social Safety Facebook for Adults – Work, Reputation, Jobs Top 20 Questions Portals Focus Groups eBay (Cameras, How to, Books, etc.) Perennial Trade / Garden Days Collections Slap Down Research Success for Adult Learners Download Faire / Digital Days 23 Things TNG
The Virtual Handout The Value of Public Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/06/the-value-of- public-libraries/ The Value of School Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/06/the-value-of- school-libraries/ The Value of Academic and College Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/07/value-of- academic-and-college-libraries/ The Value of Special Libraries http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/07/value-of- special-libraries/ Library Advocacy: Save the Library Campaigns http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/04/01/save-the- library-campaigns/
The New Social Skills Credulity (tricks, SEO, SMO, spam, phish, farms) Transparent distrust and radical intellect The Filter Bubble Finding black hole data (like non-digital) Networking with a Closed Circle Beyond search to find/discover, choose/use, understand/internalize and FORGET. Tagging and organizing – offline remembering Information ethics and creation Curation
Chefs, counsellors, teachers, magiciansLibrarians, Publishers and Booksellers play a vital role in building the critical connections between information , knowledge & learning.
Summary End User Psychographic Centricity Focus on the Questions (Needs, CRM) Build or Buy Knowledge Portals (Meals) Emphasize Content Quality (not books) Expand Social Media Programs on Information Literacy Advocate and Align with the ListenerTell Stories, Have users tell stories Invest in Strategic Analytics – Measurements of Impact, ROI and Value Collaborate vs. socialize