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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"People who think libraries are going away simply because books are going digital are missing the true tectonic shifts taking place in the world of information.


Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books."

 

"Libraries have always had a mandate to archive the records of their service area, but it has rarely been pursued with more than passing enthusiasm. Archives of city council meetings and local history books made the cut, but few considered the library to be a good photo or video archive.
Over time, many of the newspapers, radio, and television stations will begin to disappear. As these businesses lose their viability, their storerooms of historical broadcast tapes and documents will need to be preserved. More specifically, every radio broadcast, newspaper, and television broadcast will need to be digitized and archived.
With the advent of iCloud and other similar services libraries will want to expand their hosting of original collections, and installing the equipment to digitize the information. The sale of this information to the outside world through an iTunes-like service could become a valuable income stream for libraries in the future.
Final Thoughts
Libraries, much like any living breathing organism, will have to adapt to the complex nature of the ever-changing world of information. As information becomes more sophisticated and complex, so will libraries.
Libraries are here to stay because they have a survival instinct. They have created a mutually dependent relationship with the communities they serve, and most importantly, they know how to adapt to the changing world around them.
I am always impressed with the creative things being done in libraries. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” There are a lot of beautiful dreams taking place that will help form tomorrow’s libraries."
By Futurist Thomas Frey


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Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library

Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
THIS is how Kirkintilloch’s popular library will look in three months time.

 

"The library area’s floor space will be reduced and a customer services zone created – including interview and meeting rooms, self-service computers, telephone and enquiry booths, and customer service pods.

The revamped library will feature a new children’s section, a cafe, a study group area and learning suite, free Internet access and a self-service point where users can check books in and out.

A central seating area, staffed desks, self-service payment kiosks and a multi-media display are also part of the plans."


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Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica

Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Curt Hopkins:

"Libraries are changing, despite their facades. And they're changing to high-tech service companies with embedded librarians, according to some library professionals."

 

"This transition time is one of great opportunity for those involved in libraries, but all transitions, all borders and verges, are places of great vulnerability as well. Grand changes are possible here, but so are operatic failures. The future seems promising. It’s the present that worries some librarians.

“The myth that the information scholars need for research and teaching is, or soon will be available for free online is a dangerous one,” said Bourg, “especially when it is used as an excuse to cut funding to libraries. Right now libraries face enormous but exciting challenges in maintaining print collections and services where they are still necessary, while simultaneously developing strategies for collecting, preserving, organizing, and providing access to digital objects. I fear that if libraries across the nation don’t get the resources we collectively need to meet these challenges that we may be at risk of losing big chunks of our cultural record because of a lack of funding for digital collecting and preservation."

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Library Boy: Future Trends in Law Libraries

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Michel-Adrien:

"At a session this morning at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) in Toronto, New York-based consultant Nigel Holloway outlined some of the results of a survey conducted earlier this year among CALL members."

 

"Some 140 law librarians responded, about one quarter of the CALL membership, with two fifths of respondents coming from law firms, a bit over one third from from courthouse libraries, and about one sixth from universities. More than 50% of respondents worked in small libraries (1-3 staff), more or less 20% in medium-sized libraries (4-9), and about one quarter in libraries with more than 10 staff members."

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"The survey is quite revealing about the trend toward digital content. Right now, some 45% of respondents state that more than 40% of their content is in digital format. 70% of respondents expect this to be the situation by 2014."

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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Staff Writers:

"In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years."

 

"[...] the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike. The library system probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but rather, see itself blossoming into something new and exciting in congruence with today’s myriad informational demands."

 

1. More technology

2. Sensory story times

3. Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults & children

4. Automation

5. Emphasizing community space

6. More social media savvy

7. Digital media labs

8. Electronic outposts

9. Crowdsourcing

10. More active librarians

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Masters of the digital multiverse: can public libraries save the day? > The Conversation

Masters of the digital multiverse: can public libraries save the day? > The Conversation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We all know the internet has enabled the creation of digital worlds of multi-layered, interconnected online information.

"But who’s going to protect this information for current and future generations?

Online publishing is moving away from its embryonic phase – consisting mostly of electronic surrogates of paper or print artefacts – towards a new, fully-fledged networked information paradigm.

Traditional information forms such as encyclopedias and journals are morphing into dynamic, interactive digital objects. Most prominent among these is Wikipedia, the Web 2.0 flagship, which provides a mechanism for open, collaborative and dynamic information authoring and sharing, fostering the co-production of knowledge.

We’ve already seen a proliferation of free information services: Google Books, Google Maps, AustLII, and the ABS Database, to name just a few. Portals such as Health InCite open digital doorways to virtual meta-collections of specialised information."

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"There is a place here for the great public library institutions of the world to work in partnership with commercial providers.

By providing trusted, sustainable archiving of dynamic web knowledge and culture, they can continue to fulfil their vital, ongoing societal role as protectors of our information heritage."

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The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: A Marriage Made in Heaven - Nancy Dowd

The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: A Marriage Made in Heaven - Nancy Dowd | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nacy Dowd:

"My friend, Erin McCord, and I are giving this workshop at ALA this June. She is a genius when it comes to fundraising. We'll help you get started combining your marketing and development."

A Marriage Made in Heaven: Combining Marketing and Development to Ensure the Future of Your Library (http://alaannual.org/content/preconferences)

Friday, June 22, 2012 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sponsored By ASCLA

"Has your library stalled in its attempt to develop a fundraising strategy? Are you trying to raise the awareness of the value your library offers your community? It may be time to start a library champion campaign. Two years ago, the New Jersey State Library launched a public awareness campaign designed to attract famous athletes and authors to serve as Library Champions, and with the help of marketing and development teams, leveraged those champions into an effective fund raising vehicle. Workshop participants will learn how to recruit celebrity champions and local heroes to promote your library; leverage library champions, build a donor database and raise big money for your library; build a donor development strategy for everyone in your library; and the essential publications your library must produce to secure funders."

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The Library Career Centre: Future Role for Libraries?

The Library Career Centre:

"Given this background, what is the remaining USP of libraries? What feature do they have, that the internet cannot offer? What benefits does this bring? One obvious one that springs to mind is - a physical space. A place to congregate. A place for direct person to person knowledge transfer, collaboration and sharing.

I think libraries need to consider what activities, related to information and knowledge transfer, can only take place in a physical space. Those are the activities, and those are the benefits, of libraries that we should be promoting, advocating for and marketing – to users and to potential new users."

 

>Valid question. But libraries are more than just a space?

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Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future

Arlene Schmuland:

"Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future http://t.co/fZecgSMK Awesome post from my high school pal Arlene #aiim #ecm"

 

"Here's what I think are some of the considerations that we need to have in both designing a vision and designing the strategic plan that allows you to reach the goals of the vision:

Flexibility.
Change.
Commitment to the vision and goals from existing stakeholders.
Assessment.
Daydreaming.
Transparency.
Document, document, document. Write down the processes. Write down the procedures. The boss wins.
Remember the why.
Balance tact with necessity.
Advocacy.
Staying open.
Focus.
Stay user-centric.
And that, I think, is how you begin to craft the future of archives and special collections and of academic libraries, together."

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Steve Rose | Even in this digital age, our libraries are crucial

Steve Rose | Even in this digital age, our libraries are crucial | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
With recent budget cuts leading to fewer hours at many Johnson County libraries, declining service, fewer books in the collection, cuts in building and equipment maintenance, as well as programming, what are we doing to our community treasure?
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Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video

Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andrew Mclaughlin:

"Librarians + technology = a personal nirvana. There is no more awesome set of people doing more important work than the librarians and their nerd allies at the bleeding edge of library tech -- they are engaged in an underappreciated struggle to work out how mankind is going to preserve, extend, share, and democratize the sum of human knowledge in our increasingly digital age. So I was really psyched to go a do a talk at the 2012 Library Technology Conference about the technological forces driving the great policy issues of our age, along with an argument about why and where the library community should be engaged. Bonus for me: The event was at Macalester College, where I spent my high school summers taking Russian while trying to look like something other than the huge dork I was.

Here's my keynote, "Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge."

 

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/39110183

 

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Self-proclaimed radical librarian Jessamyn West to speak at MU on Monday - Columbia Missourian

Self-proclaimed radical librarian Jessamyn West to speak at MU on Monday - Columbia Missourian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lauren Page:

"Self-proclaimed radical librarian to speak at MU on Monday -Columbia Missourian

"Lots of people know how to use computers, and lots of people don't — more than you think," said Jessamyn West, community technology librarian at Randolph Technical Career...

"Radical librarians are people who feel one of the things they should be doing as a public servant is advocating for the public," she said.

West thinks librarians should advocate for the public by making library services more accessible to people who have difficulty reaching them, such as the homeless and people in jail. It's also important to her that a library's collection represents all of the people of the world.

"We represent the public, so we need to serve the public," West said."

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The New Face of Public Libraries -Youtube video

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"Vancouver's Public Libraries have seen a lot of change in the last few decades. The change is not just technological, it is in the way they provide services, why they provide it, and the types of resources they have built and deliver with their communities. Their innovative approach has brought the librarian out of the library and to the people."

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Geek of the Week: Craig Simmons on the future of libraries in the digital age

Geek of the Week: Craig Simmons on the future of libraries in the digital age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Todd Bishop:

"Craig Simmons, our latest Geek of the Week, didn’t originally plan to pursue a career in technology. Back in the 1990s, he was studying for his PhD, focusing on 18th Century and Early Modern British literature, when he realized that something needed to be done to make the rare books and manuscripts he was working with more widely accessible.
So he taught himself programming and early web development, and he’s been involved in technology ever since. Today he manages more than 100 members of the technology team at Serials Solutions, a company in Seattle that works to bring libraries into the digital age."

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Research libraries in the 21st century

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Val Skelton:

"Although the purpose of academic and research library collections remains the same – to support the creation and dissemination of new knowledge – the nature of collections is moving away from ‘local’ to collaborative and multi-institutional. New forms of scholarship are transforming user expectations for broad, barrier free collection discovery and access. Libraries must transform their approaches to meet new user demands.

 

"The Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) briefing paper for research library leaders sets out to draw a ‘big picture’ of the future of research library collections.

http://www.arl.org/news/pr/21sttfreport-17may12.shtml

 

 

Key findings – the research environment

- Publishing output will continue to increase
- Global/interdisciplinary research will grow
- The value of personal collections will increase

- Open content will proliferate


Key findings – the future of libraries

- Researchers must understand intellectual property frameworks – libraries can provide support
- Other new roles for research libraries include: digital preservation and data management experts and as supporters helping researchers collaborate even more
- There will also be roles to support the open content movement, for example as publishers as well as IP rights advisers
- Metrics about value to the research community must be improved
- Research libraries will need to maintain linked, digital content in order to enable discovery and future use.
- Resources will increasingly be allocated to the development of tools, an activity well suited to inter-institutional collaboration.
- There will continue to be moves to providing just in time services rather than building just in case collections
- The report is available to download from the ARL website. http://www.arl.org/news/pr/21sttfreport-17may12.shtml

 

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LIS Trends: New IMLS Report: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of participatory culture"

LIS Trends: New IMLS Report: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of participatory culture" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

From the Summary Announcement:

The report details the events of the October, 2011 convening of fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for public engagement that are made possible by societal and technological change.

The deliberations identified “imperatives for the future” including accepting the notion of democratic access, placing a major emphasis on public value and impact, and embracing lifelong learning.

Building on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) initiative The Future of Museums and Libraries as well as on past museum and library sessions convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, this session brought together library and museum leaders, cultural and educational policymakers, cultural sector researchers, representatives of library and museum education programs, technology experts, sociologists, journalists, and library and museum associations.

The report captures rich perspectives about the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums. The publication describes each of the five plenary sessions and the working group recommendations that resulted from them: culture and communities; learning transformed; building the skills of library and museum professionals; and demonstrating public value. It includes descriptions of innovative case studies from around the globe and a summary of the concluding keynote lecture given by Vishakha Desia, president and chief executive officer of the Asia Society.

 

Full Summary Announcement: http://www.imls.gov/new_report_explores_roles_of_libraries_and_museums_in_an_era_of_participatory_culture.aspx

 

 

17 pages report in PDF available from IMLS:
Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture

http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/SGS_Report_2012.pdf

 

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Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete » Virtual Dave @rdlankes

Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete » Virtual Dave @rdlankes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

R David Lankes:

A librarian plays devil's advocate for those who argue libraries are obsolete (but there is a happy ending).

 

"There are few of us who can know the exact moment their career ended. However when a professor of library science argues libraries are obsolete against a Harvard law school professor and the head of the lead funding agency in the field I think that moment has arrived. This was where I found myself April 18th when I took part in an Oxford-style debate as part of Harvard Library Strategic Conversations. The idea was to mix humor with serious debate on the proposition that “Libraries are Obsolete.” I was asked to argue for the proposition.Now this is a rather odd position to be in since I have spent my career arguing exactly the opposite, but in the spirit of playing devil’s advocate, and the fact that I have tenure, I jumped in. After all, if we don’t honestly debate the point, how can we truly be sure we are not headed towards obsolescence [more on my rational see this post]."

http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=1557

 


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