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Futureproofing Your Library Association for Rural and Small Libraries Annual Conference September 19, 2008 Joan Frye Williams and George Needham.

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1 Futureproofing Your Library Association for Rural and Small Libraries Annual Conference September 19, 2008 Joan Frye Williams and George Needham

2 Futureproofing (no hyphen…) ARSL is ahead of the curve!

3 Introducing…

4 Beloit College Mindset List, 2008

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11 Who cares?

12 OCLC Reports Reports available for free download at:

13 Why this study now?

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21 Its More Fun to Rethink than to Retrench

22 The support pyramid Chronic Nonvoters Super Supporters Greater Good Kid- Driven Library as Office Just for Fun Look to Librar- ians Financially Strapped Detached The Web Wins Nonvoters Probable Supporters Super Supporters Barriers to Support From Awareness to Funding (OCLC, 2008).

23 Supporters Users!

24 The basics Hang in there Work cooperatively Identify our supporters Mine the latent support Competition will only increase

25 Institution Infrastructure

26 Emphasize Mainstream Convenience

27 Engines, Not OPACs

28 Fewer Barriers Minimal gate-keeping Fast delivery Simple rules Presumption of innocence

29 Members and Guests

30 Frill Necessity

31 Emphasize Efficiency

32 Simplified Wayfinding Less clutter Civilian terminology Situational directions Power paths & nodes Layout by activity, not collection

33 Green Buildings and Practices

34 Past Future

35 Emphasize Participation

36 Connected Readers

37 Social Information Discovery

38 Real-Time Activities Buzz Live circulation activity, e.g. Yorba Linda PL book feed Todays hot topics Live program excerpts New titles just in Wireless strength

39 Altruism ROI

40 Emphasize Results

41 Evidence-Based Planning and Marketing

42 This Isnt About Whos Right But About What Works

43 Information Transformation

44 Emphasize Self-Actualization

45 Participatory Reference Users in control Its ALL about learning Collaborative conversations

46 The best way to predict the future is to create it. Alan Kay

47 Changing your point of view

48 Passionate Librarians

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50 Thanks! Lets continue the discussion at: or


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