From the comfort of your home or office -meet colleagues around the world!The Library 2.012 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands include physical and virtual learning spaces, evolving professional roles in today’s world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geo-social information environments.
The main theme of the conference this year was “from margin to mainstream:mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries
I didn’t realise until I got there that I was the only “public” librarian in a sea of academics.
However the delegates were all very interesting and I really enjoyed the sessions. I realised we have so much more in common than most people imagine and we could benefit hugely from closer partnerships.
Tim Coates said ” It is the ability to gather, hold, understand and offer books and other works that gives the library and the librarians in it their distinct role.”
He is just plain wrong!It is our ability to morph
In the words of Charles Darwin“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Over hundreds of years libraries and librarians have had the uncanny ability to diversify and change to meet customers expectations and needs and to adapt and embrace new technologies.
Once we managed clay tablets then chained books we moved on fast to ladies only reading rooms, card catalogues and complex classification schemes. Now our libraries have bright modern interiors, cafes and are alive with technology, ICT classes, children’s rhyme times and youth zones.
Last Friday I spoke at the Festival Politics on the Libraries in the digital Age. There was a very lively discussion and huge interest in the topic from the audience.
The event was organised ty the Carnegie Trust who are taking a welcome lead in looking closely at national library strategy and the impact of digital developments.
Max Whitby of Touch Press showed some fabulous work and talked about books as “defining inventions of the civilisation—and how today they are poised for a revolution.”
Touch Press’s aim is to create a new kind of book that makes use of emerging technology to redefine the book, reinvent publishing, and forever transform the act of reading.
Martyn Wade of the National Library of Scotland talked about a National strategy for libraries and said ‘We hold millions of historic documents dating back centuries and it has been frustrating that we have had no ability to save electronic information from just a few years ago. Knowledge about our past is vital in shaping our future and action is needed to stop important electronic information disappearing down this digital black hole.’
So thanks to the CarnegieTrust for raising issues here.
Open data is us! The government’s commitment to open data gives libraries and information services another opportuinty to shine in a new role as the “trusted” channel to a potentially huge information resource for the public.
This is only one of many ways libraries will be “rebranded” as an increasing proportion of our resources and services – and the information in the world that surrounds them – are digital.
What really scares me is the possibility that we miss this potentially major opportunity to capitalise on this as we did with the People’s Network.
With the opening of government agencies’ databanks and the emergence of applications to help present data in a friendly way to the public, libraries must be the vital link to this information for people who don’t have their own access.
The local library has long been an information centre for the community, but those communities are now partly constructed online and through social media, and we must be in the digital world where our customers are
There is a lot of angst around at the moment on whether libraries have a future
or not but I believe many people make the mistake of underestimating us!
Over hundreds of years libraries have had the uncanny ability to diversify and change to meet customers expectations and needs and to adapt and embrace new technologies.
Once we managed clay tablets then chained books we moved on fast to ladies only reading rooms, card catalogues and complex classification schemes. Now our libraries have bright modern interiors, cafes and are alive with technology, ICT classes, children’s rhyme times and youth zones. Look at our portal