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Networked libraries serving networked patrons. Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet Project 04.19.2012 Biblionext : Rome Email: Lrainie@pewinternet.org Twitter: @ Lrainie. 5 questions for librarians as they confront change. What is the future of knowledge? - Created? Disseminated? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • 5 questions for librarians as they confront changeWhat is the future of knowledge?- Created? Disseminated?What is the future of reference expertise?- Literacy? Search?What is the future of public technology? - Knowledge containers? Divides? Access/lending models?What is the future of learning spaces? - Collaboration? Alliances? Ownership?What is the future of community anchor institutions?- Knowledge economy/ecology?

  • Digital Revolution 1Internet (80%) and Broadband at home (66%)71% 66%

  • Networked creators are everywhere (two-thirds of adults; three-quarters of teens)70% of internet users are social networking site users59% of cell owners share photos or videos37% contribute rankings and ratings33% create content tags 30% share personal creations 26% post comments on sites and blogs15% have personal website15% are content remixers 16% use Twitter14% are bloggersOf smartphone owners: 11% location services 15% allow location awareness from social media 64% maps/directions

  • Big challenge for librariesAtoms bitsCollections are disrupted

  • Digital Revolution 2:Mobile phones 88% of adults

    327.6Total U.S. population:315.5 million 2011

  • Smartphone tipping point -- 46%

  • Big challenge for librariesPeople come to us We go to people The library as place becomes the library as placelessresource

  • Digital Revolution 3Social networking 52% of all adults% of internet users

  • Big challenge for librariesExpertise and influence emerges in networks and algorithmsShare the stage with amateur experts

  • Back to those 5 questions: How librarians can be even more valuable in the digital age

  • 1) What is the future of knowledge?-- Shana Ratner (1997) Emerging Issues in Learning CommunitiesNew: Learning as a processKnowledge is objective and certainOld: Learning as transactionKnowledge is subjective and provisional

  • 1) What is the future of knowledge?-- Shana Ratner (1997) Emerging Issues in Learning CommunitiesNew: Learning as a processLearners receive knowledgeOld: Learning as transactionLearners create knowledge

  • 1) What is the future of knowledge?-- Shana Ratner (1997) Emerging Issues in Learning CommunitiesNew: Learning as a processWe learn best passively, by listening and watchingOld: Learning as transactionWe learn best actively doing and managing our own learning

  • 1) What is the future of knowledge?-- Shana Ratner (1997) Emerging Issues in Learning CommunitiesNew: Learning as a processOur intelligence is based on our individual abilitiesOld: Learning as transactionOur intelligence is based on our social networks

  • 2) What is the future of reference expertise?Embedded librarian in learning communitiesLibrarian as scout for relevant materialReviewer and synthesizerOrganizer and taxonomy creatorOn call for just-in-time informationOrganizational steward of bonding capitalOrganizational steward of bridging capital (especially to outside experts)

    Good source: David Schumaker at http://embeddedlibrarian.wordpress.com/

  • 2) What is the future of reference expertise?Knowledge concierge/valet in learning communitiesLibrarian as teacher of social mediaLibrarian as fact checker, transparency assessor, relevance arbiterLibrarian as aggregator and curator follow Jeff Jarvis rule: Do what you do best, and link to the restLibrarian as node in networks attuned to perpetual learningGood source: Bill Densmore at http://www.informationvalet.org/

  • *3) What is the future of public technology?

  • *Are hot new gadgets evident now?

    Hot gadgets and apps that will capture the imagination of users in 2020 will often come out of the blue and not have been anticipated by many of todays savviest innovators. 81% experts80% full sampleThe hot gadgets and applications that will capture the imagination of users in 2020 are pretty evident today and will not take many of todays savviest innovators by surprise.16% experts17% full sample

  • *ThemesiPhone, iPhone, iPhoneInnovation ecosystem will change: bandwidth / processingStill, there are basic trends evident now and some groundwork that has been in place for years that will yield innovation. The internet of things - sensors proliferateMobile connectivity and location-based services growInterface changes: Bigger/thinner screens -- 3D displaysConsolidated, all-purpose gadgets and apps

  • The rise of e-reading28% have e-reading device21% of adults read e-book in past yearRead more now (including on computer and smartphone)Prefer e-book for quick access, convenience, varietyPrefer printed books for reading to children and sharing books

  • 4) What is the future of learning spaces?Attuned to networked individuals/learners More self directed, less top-down Better arrayed to capture new information inputsMore reliant on feedback and responseMore inclined to collaboration More open to cross discipline insights and creating their own tagged taxonomiesMore oriented towards people being their own individual nodes of production

  • 5) What is the future of community anchor institutions?Amer. Library Association Confronting the Future

    Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library

    http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/publications/policybriefs/confronting_the_futu.pdf

  • Be not afraid

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    PerpetualParticipatorySocial Networked

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