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Futures of libraries
Future of Libraries (Kathryn facilitating)
- Kathryn's future presentation: People :: Place :: Content :: Community
- Content: what we stock, Place: physical and virtual, People: library staff, and Community: user influence services - users more involved
- What is a library now? Our brand is books, do we tie ourselves to that brand? What when a 'book' is in a different container.
- MPL - no more VHS or cassettes - what comes next? Is space needed? DVD thin v. VHS thick? Computers v. laptops v. mobile
- Harry Potter and Star Wars are media neutral - the story is lego, movie, book, videogame
- Ahead of the curve, but Library has the long-tail - outdated technologies that only a few places have for the late adopters or those who can't afford the cutting edge technology. Content over format? Be container neutral? If there's a movie that is only available and popular on VHS, do we have to keep it?
- Library as the 3rd place - with the bad economy, use is increasing of ALL formats
- 50 year timeline: which books will still here? picture books, smut (but anonymous with iphone), immediate - Need more bandwidth (high speed) Providing bandwidth - do patrons come for communal computing? Sometimes...
- Community centers with rec, pool, library, gym, etc.
- Teaching and learning - align purpose and expand purpose
- Academic library running out of space - fight between content and place
- People - organizational structure as a bottleneck - librarians need to come into the organizaiton with the skills (retirement issues and 'how' boomers retire > leave the leadership position in favor of fun jobs they want to do)
- How do you keep up? Methodologies to keep up? 23 Things
- Not really a profession of continuing education - need education on NEW stuff :: How does the profession keep up with the kids?! Grad students v. undergrads and how the approach technology and databases - Grads are able to adapt and assimilate (and share these lessons with faculty)
- Are Reference librarians still the BEST finders of answers and information?? Can a librarian do it better than Google? How can they do it if they can't 'play' with new technology?
- Staff has a disconnect between 'knows' and 'don't knows' with technology - stretched
- Pace of change is fast, fast, fast. How do you cope with multiple new technologies? The More's Law - rate of technological advancement
- Changes needed - traditional library stuff, augment with new skills and playtime, and freedom to try and fail (shovers and makers) (MySpace, for example) Do a tour working with teens, then embarrassment isn't a fear anymore...
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Reflecting on Wednesday's discussion I keep coming back to the idea of awareness vs. performing research for patrons. With new developments in technology and increased access (at users' homes and in the library) the role of librarians has shifted from doing the searching (and possibly retrieving the resources) to raising awareness of resources and services. Patrons can search the databases or internet themselves. We are in the position to raise awareness of new services, resources, and especially in the case of the internet resources we can raise awareness of indicators of quality information. While we are moving into this new role there will still be some patrons relying on us to perform services as in the past model so we will need to fill both roles to some extent.
As an example, in a recent class my topic was Google Scholar. I did not need to teach the faculty how to use it (they already knew), but instead my goal was to raise awareness such as about linking to KUMC resources under library links.
Essentially I see it as we are empowering users to tackle their own information needs. We can serve as a resource and support to assist with difficult searches but while assisting can continue on in the role of empowering them to build skills for future information needs… and that is exciting.
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