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2 OLA Super Conference Feb. 3, 2006 Are Libraries Innovative Enough? OLA Super Conference Feb. 3, 2006 Stephen Abram, Vice President, Innovation

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5 What is Innovation? An innovation is an idea, practice, or object that is perceived as new by the individual or other unit of adoption. It matters little, as far as human behavior is concerned, whether or not the idea is new as measured by the lapse of time since its first use or discovery. The perceived newness of the idea for the individual determines his or her reaction to it. If an idea is new to the individual, it is an innovation. Everett Rogers

6 Can we find our power? Can we use it for good?

7 Libraries Daily Circulation 1.OCLC, Libraries, How They Stack Up, Copyright 2003 OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. 2.Cox, John. Amazon dives into technology services. InfoWorld, June 10, (Accessed August 28, 2003.). How to go from 100 to 1.5 million unites per day. Internet Retailer, June 10, (Accessed August 28, 2003.)http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/06/10/HNamazondives_1.html? Businesshttp://www.internetre tailer.com/ dailyNews.asp?id= FedEx Annual Report 2003 Library Printed Material 5.4 M 1 Library Online Material 5.7 M 1 FedEx 5.3 M 3 Amazon 1.5 M 2

8 Libraries as a Destination PUBLIC LIBRARY VISITS 1.1 Billion (STATE LIBRARY DATA, ) SPORTS ATTENDANCE.2 Billion (STATISTICAL ABSTRACT 2002, CHART __224) 9X

9 Library Card vs. Drivers License New York Public Library Six times more people have library cards than drivers licenses 1 1.OCLC, Libraries, How They Stack Up, Copyright 2003 OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

10 Libraries and McDonalds There are more libraries in Canada than Tim Hortons and McDonalds restaurants combined - 22,000 compared to 2,049 Tims and more than 1,200 McDonalds. And for every three donuts sold by Tim Hortons in 1999, one book or other item was accessed by someone in a library somewhere in the country. In 1999 twice as many Canadians went to libraries as to movie theatres.

11 And more... People go to school, public and academic libraries more than twice as often as they go to the movies. Reference librarians in public and academic libraries answer more than 7 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners Americans spend more than three times as much on salty snacks as they do on public libraries. Americans check out an average of more than six books a year. They spend $25.25 a year for the public library – less than the average cost of one hardcover book. Public libraries are the No. 1 point of online access for people without Internet connections at home, school or work. 95 percent of public libraries provide public access to the Internet.

12 Examples of Canadian Library Innovation Open Canada Digitization Initiative Project Alouette Knowledge Ontario Scholars Workstation ASIN Portal 8Rs

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16 Resistance is NOT futile!

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18 The Future is not an Extension of the Past The very things that made us successful will not ensure your future success. In fact, continuing to do the same things in the future could spell failure. Organizations must be retooled, new skills must be learned or brought into the organization to ensure our viability Occasionally, you must leave things behind as you evolve and move forward. Its a 12 Step Program

19 The Future Aint What it Used to Be!

20 2000 Light Stopped

21 2001 Light Slowed to Bicycle Speed

22 2002 Light Sent into Future

23 2003 Light Transported

24 The question we should be asking is… Whats the BEST future FOR libraries?

25 Lots of BIG questions to think about What will it mean to libraries if their services can be delivered to cheap devices that almost everyone has with them all the time? Think about it… Smart phones easily and cheaply offer Web, , music, talking books, e- books, etc. Be creative. Design your portal to deliver just what's needed, in the format that's needed. Don't drown them!

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36 Web-enabled cards…!?

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38 Everythings getting smaller

39 Lots of BIG questions to think about What will it mean for libraries if secure, broadband connectivity is ubiquitous in your community? Think about it… What if Google's investment in free broadband wireless through the electrical grid is wildly successful?

40 Google invests in wired …

41 Bidirectional wireless module Hydro Broadband

42 Lots of BIG questions to think about What will it mean for libraries if secure, broadband connectivity is ubiquitous in your community? Think about it… What if Google's investment in free broadband wireless through the electrical grid is wildly successful? Be creative. Compete. Make a difference by empowering your community to take advantage. Innovate.

43 University and Colleges Schools and Public Libraries Card Holders Content & e-Resources: eGov, Programs & Alliances Local and Government Partners DE Learning & Education Future Component Community Groups Future Components Collections Connections & Resources Emerging Model for Community, Learning and Research Enterprises FacultiesStudents Researchers Clubs Hobbyists

44 "I see stupid people... they're everywhere... they walk around like everyone else... they don't even know that they're dumb. They Google, they blog, they IM…"

45 The questions keep coming… What does it mean if a decent computer is available for under $150.00? Think schools, public libraries, gyms, stores, playgrounds, clubs, etc.

46 The questions keep coming… What does it mean if a decent laptop is available for under $150.00? Think schools, public libraries, gyms, stores, playgrounds, clubs, etc. Think transformation. How will you empower learning, finding, and contextual experience?

47 The questions keep coming… What does it mean if virtually all content in any kind of container is available through the Internet? Video, music, books, learning, courses, pictures, drawings, art, etc. Do you drown, surf, or swim? How does everyone learn the skills? How do quality and context rise above simple search and find? What are the risks of satisficing?

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53 And they dont get easier to answer! And they dont get any easier to answer! What impact will Millennials have? What about post-Millennials? These are Internet natives, not immigrants If people and technology change, how must libraries and librarians evolve?

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57 And they dont get any easier to answer! Is your library ready and preparing for the end of the web, the end of the browser, the extinction of DVDs, the decline of , the emergence of subscription software, the next broadband leap, the flat world, intelligent locations, …?

58 And they dont get any easier to answer! What if there were no libraries? What would you do if you were starting from scratch to meet peoples needs? Would your plans bear any resemblance to current plans libraries have for the future?

59 And everybodys talking about Google! If libraries simply align themselves with Google, what are they missing? Who remembers that Google is focused on search for meeting commercial and advertisers needs Who's ensuring that people and entire communities have access to quality information, resources, and services --- i.e. sustaining knowledge? Whos keeping in mind that discovering knowledge involves more than simply searching and finding content? US

60 The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay Computer Technology Pioneer Alan Kay Computer Technology Pioneer

61 But... We better be keeping an eye out.

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63 Library 2.0

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66 WEB 2.0 It means achieving the original vision of the web in the next phase – the real transformation rather than this past period is simple, sssllllooooowww change.

67 Librarian 2.0 The Guru of the Information age!

68 Librarian 2.0 Understands the power of the Web 2.0 opportunities Understand the power of the Web 2.0 opportunities.

69 Librarian 2.0 Learns the major tools of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0

70 Librarian 2.0 Combines e-resources and print formats and is container and format agnostic.

71 Librarian 2.0. Is device independent and uses and delivers to everything from laptops to PDAs to iPods.

72 Librarian 2.0 Develops targeted federated search and adopts the OpenURL standard.

73 Librarian 2.0 Connects people and technology and information in context.

74 Librarian 2.0 Doesnt shy away from non-traditional cataloguing and classification and chooses tagging, folksonomies and user-driven content descriptions where appropriate.

75 Librarian 2.0 Embraces non-textual information and the power of pictures, moving images, sight and sound.

76 Librarian 2.0 Understands the long tail and leverages the power of old and new content.

77 Librarian 2.0 Sees the potential in using content sources like the Open Content Alliance, Google Print and OpenWorldCat.

78 Librarian 2.0 Connects users up to expert discussions, conversations and communities of practice and participates there as well.

79 Librarian 2.0 Uses and develops advanced social networks to enterprise and community advantage.

80 Librarian 2.0 Connects with everyone using their communication mode of choice – telephone, Skype, IM, SMS, , virtual reference, etc.

81 Librarian 2.0 Encourages user driven metadata and user developed content and commentary

82 Librarian 2.0 Understands the wisdom of crowds and the real roles and impacts of the blogosphere, web syndicasphere and wikisphere.

83 Librarian 2.0 Understands their users at a deep level – not just as pointers and clickers but by thei goals and aspirations.

84 Librarian 2.0 Understands end users deeply in terms of their goals and aspirations, workflows, and social and content needs, and more

85 Librarian 2.0 Librarian 2.0 is where the user is, when the user is there. This is an immersion environment

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88 Innovation Tips Listen Outside of Libraries

89 Innovation Tips Cross the Generations

90 Innovation Tips Follow Well

91 Innovation Tips Seek Experiences

92 Innovation Tips Blog Both Ways

93 Innovation Tips Try something New EVERY Day

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95 Innovation Tips Lead and Share

96 Innovation Tips Dont Just Criticize

97 Innovation Tips Stay Positive

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99 Innovation Tips Listen

100 Dont Kill the Babies

101 Innovation Tips Have a vision

102 Innovation Tips Work from the customer in, Really put the customer first.

103 Innovation Tips NO PUNY VISIONS

104 Meet the Borg

105 Resistance is not Futile

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109 The power of libraries

110 So, Are Libraries Innovative Enough?

111 A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

112 Stephen Abram, MLS VP Innovation Thanks Stephens Lighthouse Blog and Stephens PPTs and articles are on my Website


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