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1 The Future of the Public Library Semi-Annual Board Meeting 2 Nov 2013

2 The future of the public library What’s the point of a public library in the digital age? What is the future of the public library?

3 The Future of the Public Library Collections Services Promotions Facilities

4 What’s in a library? Non library user: “Books” Library user: “Books, CDs, DVDs, ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, databases, magazines, programs”

5 The evolution of collections Technology “petting zoo” – Hands on experience with different devices LibraryFarm – Organic community garden – Check out a small plot of land for free – Learn food literacy, learn and enjoy gardening Musical instruments – 3 week checkouts – Carry cases, tuners, how to guides – Karaoke machines

6 The evolution of collections Costume checkout – Santa suits – Halloween costume exchange Digital Media Lab – Cameras, microphones, keyboards, green screen, editing software Technology Tutors Human Library Project – Variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, ex- felons, disability, veterans, refugee, etc. – Local experts: plumbers, electronics, etc.

7 The evolution of collections Home energy evaluation kits – “Kill-A-Watt” electric appliance meters Magnifying glass, large type telephones Scales, blood pressure machine, portable exercise equipment Sports equipment – Fishing poles, stocked tackle box – Basketballs, frisbees, jump ropes

8 The evolution of collections Tools Toys Cooking pans and utensils Telescopes – Astronomy clubs, sky gazing parties, sidewalk events

9 The evolution of services “Hot spots” – Computer, printer, internet, small collection – Churches, non-profits, schools, etc. Self check-out Library kiosks: “ATM” for books – 400 book capacity – Touch screen browsing – Expanding the library’s presence 24/7


11 The evolution of services Mobile Apps – Check out a library book on with your phone – The handheld library – Oyster App Youth (under 30) are more likely to spend time in a library than older generations, who may just want to pick up an item and leave. Gaming – Some libraries lend video games – More offer in-library gaming programming – Wii Fit for seniors

12 The evolution of promotions Book bike – Ride around community with free book, library cards, library info pamphlets QR codes – Bus stops – Posters – Even in the stacks

13 The evolution of promotions Knowing your patrons and how to provide for them is a must to secure the future of the public library. – Changing populations – Changing economic activity – Who are our competitors? – Do they want books? Ebooks? Tools or telescopes? – Needs Assessment Project

14 The evolution of promotions Libraries of the future will be inviting, open, clean. Find ways to say “yes!” Signs of a hostile library: – Signage with the words “must,” “no,” “forbidden,” “only,” “prohibited,” “do not”

15 The evolution of facilities Q: Will there still be books in the library of the near future? A: Yes. But housing them is less of a priority. The public library of the future will have: – Multiple uses and varied spaces – Fewer physical books, more services – Natural light – Social spaces – Sense of home and community

16 The evolution of facilities Maker spaces: participatory place to create, learn, collaborate, share, craft – 3D printers – laser cutter: cutting, engraving – CNC (computer numerical control) machine: computer guided router for complex cuts ex) signs, furniture, metals, etc. – Espresso book machine




20 The evolution of facilities What about expanding the definition of a maker space? – Tools and work area – Painting and craft area – Music area – Garage – Community garden – Kitchen space

21 The evolution of facilities The book-less library – San Antonio Bexar County BiblioTech Library – Opened 14 September 2013 – E-books only – Aisles of computers, tablets, laptops, gadgets, devices – Encourages video games + educational games – Space for author visits, classes, computer training






27 The future of the public library What’s the point of a public library in the digital age? To be a relevant, inclusive, community based destination for socializing, creativity and discovery.

28 The future of the public library What is the future of the public library? Bright: – 164 million visits in 2010 to Canadian public libraries – 112 million visits to the movies in Canada in 2010 – 5 million spectators went to NHL games in Canada in 2010 – 362 million items borrowed in Canadian public libraries in 2010 – 351,000 programs in Canadian public libraries in 2010, 7 million attendees

29 The future of the public library What is the future of the public library? – 61% Canadians have a library card (41% actually use it) – 64% Canadians have a passport – 95% Canadians have access to a public library – What else do 95% of Canadians have access to? Post Office? Hospital? Tim Horton’s? Our future is good, but we’re going to look and act much different than in the past.

30 References Blair, Elizabeth. “Beyond books: libraries lend fishing poles, pans and people.” NPR. 13 Aug 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. lend-fishing-poles-pans-and-people lend-fishing-poles-pans-and-people Blair, Elizabeth. “With modern makeovers, America’s libraries are branching out.” NPR. 1 Sept 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. makeovers-americas-libraries-are-branching-out makeovers-americas-libraries-are-branching-out Canadian Urban Libraries Council “2010 Canadian Public Library Statistics;” Statistics Canada. Editors. “Manufacturing makerspaces.” American Libraries Magazine. Jan/Feb 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. makerspaces makerspaces Gunby, Matthew. “The evolution of library collections.” Public Libraries Online. 01 Oct 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. collections/ collections/ McIntyre, Heather. “Edmonton public library makes space for tech-friendly creations.” Metro News. 22 Aug 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. friendly-creations/# friendly-creations/# Moss, Caroline. “This incredible app could change how you read books forever.” Business Insider. 15 Sept 2013. Web. Accessed 17 Oct 2013. books-iphone-app-2013-9 books-iphone-app-2013-9

31 References O’Kelly, Kevin. “Are bookless libraries a good thing?” Huffington Post. 23 July 2013. Web. Accessed 11 Oct 2013. okelly/post_5264_b_3639551.html okelly/post_5264_b_3639551.html Pace, Eileen. “Bexar County Bibliotech goes live this weekend.” Texas Public Radio. 12 Sept 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. Schrader, Alvin and Michael Brundin. National Statistical and Values Profile of Canadian Libraries. Canadian Library Association, 2012. Stern, Joanna. “The first bookless public library: Texas to have bibliotech.” ABC News. 14 Jan 2013. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. public-library-texas-home-bibliotech/story?id=18213091 public-library-texas-home-bibliotech/story?id=18213091 Yenigun, Sami. “At libraries across America, it’s game on.” NPR. 11 Aug 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013. america-its-game-on america-its-game-on Zickuhr, Kathryn. “Innovative library services in the wild.” Pew Internet & American Life Project. 29 Jan 2013. Web. Accessed 08 Oct 2013.

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