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The role of libraries in the new age: A view from abroad

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The role of libraries in the new age: A view from abroad

  1. 1. The role of libraries in the digital age A View from Abroad Chris Coward Floro Semana Bogota, Colombia 16 October, 2013
  2. 2. Outline Part I – Worldwide impact Part II – Innovations Part III – Partnerships
  3. 3. Services people want 50% 55% 60% 65% 70% e-book classes Mobile app for library services Mobile GPS app to find library resources Online accounts with recommendations Series 1 Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Library Services in the Digital Age
  4. 4. “Very important” services Borrowing books 80% Reference librarians 80% Free access to computers & internet 77% Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Library Services in the Digital Age
  5. 5. THE CRITICAL FIRST TOUCH 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Bangladesh Brazil Chile Ghana Philippines %ofusers First use of computer at public access venue First use of Internet at public access venue  For more than half of the user survey respondents, a public access venue provided them with their: • first ever contact with computers (50%) • first ever contact with the Internet (62%)
  6. 6. DEVELOPMENT OF ICT SKILLS Users identified public access venues as the most important place for development of their computer (40%) and Internet (50%) skills 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Public access venue Home School Computer Internet
  7. 7. % of households with internet at home Quick, Prior, Toombs, Taylor and Currenti (2013): Cross-European survey to measure users’ perceptions of the benefits of ICT in public libraries Countries with highest levels of library computer usage: Denmark and Finland
  8. 8. Library innovations  Romania: EU agriculture funding  Ghana: Health information  Worldwide: Innovation spaces • Co-working spaces • Hackerspaces
  9. 9. Partnering with libraries 42% 31% 23% 4% Very likely Somewhat likely Not very likely Very unlikely Fellows, M., Coward, C., & Sears, R. (2012). Beyond Access: Perceptions of libraries as development partners What is the likelihood of your organization supporting a program that involved a partnership with public libraries?
  10. 10. Technology & Social Change Group University of Washington Information School tascha.uw.edu | @taschagroup Chris Coward ccoward@uw.edu THANK YOU

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