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1 1 Barbara Swartzentruber Strategic Projects Manager, MGS January , 2009 OLA Libraries Super Conference

2 2 What does a Digital Future Look Like? New players, on a new playing field, developing new process and habits for horizontal collaboration. Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat

3 3 *Transcontinental Fibre Optic Cable Source: image.guardian.co.uk A Connected World

4 4 Faster service Information-rich and multi-media websites User created content and self expression File sharing and collaboration Uploading and downloading Online customer support – online chat with another person via webcam and headsets The digital society is driving demand and changing expectations

5 5 The Rise of e-Government: Ontario Source: R. Dowler & F. Graves, The Rise of e-Government, Canadian Government Executive (Sept 2008)

6 6 Challenges in a Digital Economy Global competition for investment, jobs and skilled workers Mobile investment and workforce Transitioning from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy Moving to a green economy

7 7 What does Ontario Need to Succeed in a Digital Economy and Society?

8 8 Conditions for Success in a Digital Economy Digital Skills and Literacy 4. D igital citizens and businesses 6. D igital inclusion 5. D igital government and communities 1. A ffordable, accessible broadband 2. N ext generation infrastructure 3. I nnovation in a digital economy Digital Infrastructure Capacity Ontarios Digital Strategy Strategic Research Findings

9 9 What is Ontario Doing? $30 million over the next four years to deploy broadband to rural areas in Southern Ontario: $30 million was announced in the March 25, 2008 provincial budget $10 million was announced in 2007 and has been allocated to 18 rural communities through the Rural Connections program and to strategic research initiatives The November announcement of $8.8 million committed to 15 additional Rural Connections projects brings the total to 33 projects undertaken jointly by rural municipalities and the province. The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has allocated $30 million over 3 years to address cellular ($15 million) and broadband ($15 million) access gaps in northern Ontario $1.5 billion over three years in the Government of Ontarios Skills to Jobs Action Plan Over $1 billion throughout the next five years in the Next Generation of Jobs Fund

10 10 Broadband Service in Southern Ontario

11 11 Digital Skills and Literacy What are Digital Skills and Literacy? Human capacity, behaviour and knowledge related to broadband use. Confidence and trust using broadband technologies and tools, e.g., the Internet and Web 2.0. Skillful use of technology to play, learn, socialize and work. An understanding of the social and economic benefits of broadband.

12 12 Web 2.0 requires new skills and literacy

13 13 Creating a talented and skilled citizenry and workforce with the confidence to use digital infrastructure to achieve social and economic benefits Digital Citizens and Businesses

14 14 Digital Government and Communities Improving public sector service delivery and the quality of life for Ontarians

15 15 Digital Inclusion To encourage full participation in the digital economy by addressing critical socio-economic digital divides Source: EKOS Information Technology Update and Usage and the Communications Household

16 16 A Digital Economy and Society Needs Full Participation Governments, local communities, businesses, citizens and community groups are also planning for a digital future. More effective if we all work together.

17 17 Digital Ontario Website

18 18 Digital Ontario Collaborative Tools

19 19 Digital Ontario Second Life Island

20 20 Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy OLA Super Conference – Session # Jan 2009 David I. Harvie Systems Librarian, Stratford Public Library PCIN Network Administrator

21 21 Perth County Information Network Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy A federation of public libraries in Perth County. Perth East Public Library West Perth Public Library Stratford Public Library Stratford Perth Archives (Associate Member) St. Marys Public Library (Associate Member)

22 22 PCIN Activities Shares an integrated library software (ILS) system via a wide area network (WAN). Shares IT Support. Resource sharing. Consortium purchasing. Shares Programming - Public Library on Wheels (PLOW) Maintains the Information Perth Community Services Database Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy

23 23 Trends Library 2.0 Web 2.0 social networking technologies employed by libraries to re-invent and re- vitalize themselves: Blogging Wikis Podcasts Tagging Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy

24 24 Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy Library 1.0Library 2.0 Broadcast Participate & Collaborate Consume Contribute Authority Radical Trust Search Discovery and Play Copyright Remix – Some rights reserved. Proprietary Software Open Source Library 1.0 vs. 2.0 Themes

25 25 Library 2.0 Library 2.0 attempts to harness the library user in the design and implementation of library services by encouraging feedback and participation. The library patron becomes a participant, co-creator, builder and consultant. The basic aim of Library 2.0 is to get people back into the library by making the library relevant to what they want and need in their daily lives and to make the library a destination and not an afterthought. Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy

26 26 BiblioCommons Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy BiblioCommons is a next generation Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) interface that incorporates social networking software technologies. It brings social searching or social discovery to the OPAC. Use of the library catalogue becomes an activity in discovery rather than finding.

27 27 BiblioCommons Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy Patrons can: Discuss books, create book reviews & rate items within the OPAC. Categorize or tag items with headings that reflects genre, mood, content, or style that make sense to the user. Recommend and point to similar titles. Advise on age suitability and mark items for: Offensive language Graphic violence Sexual content

28 28 BiblioCommons Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy build and share personalized lists of the librarys collection. manage their own level of privacy and identity within the community. build networks of favourite reviewers that will subsequently feed personalized recommendations and search processes based on the users tastes. communicate with other users and Library staff with a built-in system.

29 29 Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy

30 30 Benefits of Partnerships Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy PCIN has received support from the Broadband Initiative in our bid to be one of twelve BiblioCommons test sites. Support from the Broadband Initiative in PCINs LSDF grant application to hire a Digital Literacy Promoter in support of a BiblioCommons project. The opportunity to contribute to the Ontario Digital Second Life Island.

31 31 SPL On Digital Ontario SL Island Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy

32 32 Why is Digital Literacy Important? Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy Libraries need to re-invent themselves using social networking software if they are to survive. Products like BiblioCommons create a community around the librarys catalogue. Its no longer about the "digital divide, but about increasing social isolation. The marginalized will not only be uninformed BUT INCREASINGLY ALONE.

33 33 Thank you. Public Libraries Delivering Digital Literacy


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