I spoke at Internet Librarian International 2012 earlier this week and listened to many interesting speakers.
The concept that intrigued me most was the library as a “platform”. At the same time the library as a “place” is a powerful one more so coupled with this concept of a platform
Interesting possibilities open up if we think of libraries as platforms and this simplified for me when I came across David Weinberger
David described a library platform as about “developing knowledge and community, not primarily for developing software. Still, like an open software platform, it would:
Be open to all
Give access to every scrap of information it has, including its digital content, but also metadata about that content, its usage, and the social interactions around it
Enable new products and services to be built by anyone with an idea
Integrate everything the library knows into the entire Net ecosystem”
I love David Weinberger “Conceiving of the library as a platform not only opens a range of new services and provides for a continuous increase in the library’s value, it also does something libraries urgently need to do: it changes the criteria of success.”
It puts the needs of users at the heart of services. We know online services mean that we can access information when we require it, pay a bill or even arrange social care in a simple and quick way. The strategy outlines how different organisations can join up across all sectors to deliver services in a more responsive way.
So where is our library and information leadership? This is our opportunity to put forward a business case for libraries now and in the future Who is going to keep people skilled up? Who will people trust to access much of this?
I believe the future of libraries is in driving and underpinning this strategy and making it a reality for real people.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced “It will also change the way that we live – from the way we book holidays to the way we access health care. We are committed to ensuring that all of Scotland is able to reap the social and cultural benefits of the internet.
“Broadband, just like roads and railways, is a vital part of Scotland’s infrastructure, and that is why we are committed to delivering a world class digital infrastructure to the people of Scotland by 2020.”
“ A digital Scotland to me is a concept that has to be central to our future. As a small country with huge intellectual capacity, digital media and digital technology have to be right at the core of everything we do going forward.”
Edinburgh’s libraries can support everyone with the information, skills, access to content and opportunities to get on board and benefit from Scotland’s bright future