Presentation on theme: "June 12, 2006 Are Libraries Innovative Enough? June 12, 2006 Stephen Abram, Vice President, Innovation."— Presentation transcript:
June 12, 2006 Are Libraries Innovative Enough? June 12, 2006 Stephen Abram, Vice President, Innovation
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 Ill know it when I see it!
2002 Light Sent into Future
2003 Light Transported
2006 Light Goes Backwards Boyd's team collected data showing light traveling 'backwards,' seemingly faster than light speed. Image credit: Univ. of Rochester
The question we should be asking is… Whats the BEST future FOR libraries?
Expectations 1.0 Search Retrieve Print Link Navigate Read...
Darlene Fichter, 2006
WEB 2.0 RSS – really simple syndication Wikis New Programming Tools: AJAX, API Blogs and blogging Recommender Functionality Personalized Alerts Web Services Folksonomies, Tagging and Tag Clouds Social Networking Open access, Open Source, Open Content Commentary and comments Personalization and My Profiles Podcasting and MP3 files Streaming Media – audio and video User-driven Reviews Rankings & User-driven Ratings Instant Messaging and Virtual Reference Photos (e.g. Flickr, Picasa) Socially Driven Content Social Bookmarking
Librarian 2.0 The Guru of the Information age!
Innovation Tips Fear of Failure
Innovation Tips Listen Outside of Libraries, a lot
Innovation Tips Cross the Generations, often
Innovation Tips Follow well, and lead from the side
Innovation Tips Blog Both Ways, as conversations
Innovation Tips Try something New EVERY Day
Innovation Tips Lead and Share
Innovation Tips Dont Just Criticize
Innovation Tips Stay Positive
Innovation Tips Learn Un
Innovation Tips Focus on the Lesson Level
Innovation Tips Dont Kill the Babies
Innovation Tips Work from the customer in, Really put the customer first.
Innovation Tips Have a vision
Innovation Tips NO PUNY VISIONS
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!
How do I find and trim my vision?
Everythings getting smaller and more personal…
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.
Google invests in wired …
Bidirectional wireless module Hydro Broadband
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?
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?
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?
Preparing for the Inevitable
Usability The A frame adopted from newspaper layout is not what works. Eyetools
Principled / Values More FriendsMore Diverse Respect Intelligence Optimistic / Positive Internet Natives More Choices Format Agnostic Balanced LivesAdaptive / Flexible Civic Minded High Expectations CollaborativeNomadicGamersExperiential IndependentConfidentDirectMore Liberal Multi-taskersInclusivePatrioticEntrepreneurial Healthy LifestyleFamily Oriented GraphicalAchievement Oriented Millennial Characteristics Credit: Richard Sweeney, NJIT
And they dont get easier to answer! And they dont get any easier to answer! What will you do when 90% of courses are supported by e-learning and potentially 65% of all students never come on campus? Focus on the Lesson level, manage relationships at the course and departmental level.
Add hundreds of database Suppliers (MS already has about 120+) Make it OpenURL compliant Make it Browserless Add a toolbar that behaves in a research way Integrate e-commerce for articles, standards, etc. Predict their needs through mining of Gmail, surfing, and behaviours Personalize it and track your needs and Add alerts … Add for online discussions, communities of practice, group and Individual blogs and connections through social networking software Add tools – citation, RefWorks, ProCite, stat packages, Add virtual reference Do OCLC stuff
Add hundreds of database Suppliers (MS already has about 120. Make it OpenURL compliant Make it Browserless Add a toolbar that behaves in a research way Integrate e-commerce for articles, standards, etc. Predict their needs through mining of Gmail, surfing, and behaviours Personalize it and track your needs and Add alerts … Add for online discussions, communities of practice, group and Individual blogs and connections through social networking software Add tools – citation, RefWorks, ProCite, stat packages, And then ally with Sun to build a new OS for wireless world… Writely! Google Spreadsheets Add virtual reference Do OCLC stuff
What if... Search gets better and needs new hooks? (and it will)
Are you up on tagging? How about folksonomies?
Reminder: 150,000 or more PER DAY!
Second Life Library
Second Life Library eBooks
Teen SL Library services meeting, Sun 5/7/06 Teen SL Library services meeting, Sun 5/7/06
Video iPod etc.
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
The Long Tail of QUESTIONS libraries
So, Are Libraries Innovative Enough?
And one final question What if there were no special librarians? What would you do if you were starting from scratch to meet peoples needs? Would your plans bear any resemblance to current plans we have for the future?
A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay Computer Technology Pioneer Alan Kay Computer Technology Pioneer
Stephen Abram, MLS VP Innovation Thanks Stephens Lighthouse Blog has all PPTs and articles on it.