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eBooks: Current State in Libraries

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Guest Post from Graham Lavender, Associate Librarian, The Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network [well over due for posting, sorry Graham!]

On March 17 & 18, I had the pleasure of attending eBooks Symposium! The Current State of the Art in Libraries at the University of Toronto iSchool. The room was filled with mainly public librarians from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), though some came from as far as Ottawa. There were a number of vendors in attendance (not just including those who gave presentations). The many insights into the world of ebooks wouldn’t all fit into a blog post, but I share some of the highlights.

Stephen Abram, conference co-chair and Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, kicked things off with a fascinating look at the data behind ebook usage in Ontario. For example, 41% of people surveyed indicated they had “checked the library’s online catalogue, downloaded an item, or accessed other materials via the library’s website,” and the top two “specific types of electronic resources used on the library’s website” were fiction ebooks and non-fiction ebooks. Considering that 86% of Ontarians have read at least one book in the past year, it’s no surprise that the demand for ebooks continues to grow, especially in Metro Toronto and other urban parts of the GTA, where ebook usage is most prevalent. Take a look through Stephen’s slides for more data: http://www.slideshare.net/stephenabram1/e-books-symposium-intro

Next up was Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library, to talk about the Fair

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IFLA: Connections, Collaboration, Community

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President’s Meeting in Columbus, Aug 2016

Ok, here I am in Columbus, Ohio attending IFLA‘s 82nd World Library & Information Congress and feeling really guilty that I have not posted & connected since February! Not because I didn’t have things to say, but for various reasons. So if Andrew Pace can get back to blogging, I felt I better too! Thanks Andrew for pushing me! 🙂

A lot of great stuff is happening at this IFLA meeting with the theme – Connections, Collaboration & Community. Here’s a few things:

New Continuing Professional Development Guidelines from on of the standing committees I belong to, CDPWL. And we had a great discussion of those guidelines in our session on Tues. We’ll be doing another one at next year’s conference in Poland. President’s Meeting with great speakers (session 092) — I tweeted a lot using #IFLAPres & there is also a Facebook page you can like & learn about future meetings. BTW, in his plenary session this morning David Ferriero, who blogs as AOTUS, mentioned one of my tweets from the Monday morning’s President’s meeting! I nearly fell off my chair! Knowledge Management section, which I’ve been a member of for many years, just published a book highlighting wonderful speaker presentations over the last number of years — Knowledge Management in Libraries & Organizations

Hope to share more soon!

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Learning from Others!

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This email hit my desk today and it really resonated with me as I work with and talk with so many who have difficulty proving their value and impact. It also addresses the financial industry where my roots are! The highlights below are mine but the text is not.

Monetizing Information Flows

StreetContxt is a hot, Canadian-based start-up that just raised $8 million from A-list investors, including a number of big banks and brokerage houses. Its mission is simple: to maximize the value of the mountain of investment research that gets generated each year. But what really makes StreetContxt stand out to me is that it offers a very compelling business proposition to both those who create the research and those who use it.

For the sell-side (those who create the content), it’s currently difficult to measure the impact much less the ROI on the huge volume of research they create annually. They send it out to presumably interested and qualified recipients, with no way of knowing if it is acted on, or even viewed.

For the buy-side (those who receive and use the content), it’s impossible to keep up with the blizzard of information being pushed out to them. Even more significantly, some of this research is very good, but a lot of it isn’t. How do you identify the good stuff?

StreetContxt offers the sell-side a powerful intelligence platform. By distributing research through StreetContxt, research producers can learn exactly who viewed their research and whether it was forwarded

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Information Architecture 4th edition!

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Did you know that O’Reilly has published the 4th edition of this seminal work, Information Architecture: for the Web and Beyond, by Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld first published in 1998? Terrific! And I just got my copy. The first section introduces IA with definitions and issues then discusses design for finding and for understanding. Part 2 covers the basic principles of IA including organization systems, labeling systems, navigating systems, search systems as well as thesauri, controlled vocabularies & metadata. Peter is a wonderful teacher and speaker about these topics for librarians, info pros, taxonomists, and knowledge managers. He will be participating in Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit at the DC Hilton, March 8-9.

Public Knowledge: Access & Benefits

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Just got my copy of Public Knowledge: Access & Benefits edited by friends and colleagues Miriam A. Drake & Donald T. Hawkins and last chapter by Barbie Keiser on open government, big data and the future of public information. Great stuff on U. S. public information in this book. Good list of acronyms — always helpful!! Includes chapters on the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, Government Printing Office, and lots more.

Exciting 2016! Upcoming Events

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Well, we’re half way through January and I’m finally writing the post I wanted to do weeks ago! I am so excited about many upcoming events:

Ontario Library Association SuperConference next week in Toronto, some highlights:

*IFLA President Donna Scheeder brings greetings & discusses her President’s Meeting April 6-9 in Toronto

*Jane Dysart interviews several generations of librarians, Generations: Meeting of the Minds, Wed 4pm

*Rebecca Jones being awarded Public Librarian of the Year award, Thurs — well deserved! Yeah!

Computers in Libraries 2016 in DC March 7-10, see my last post for more details about theme, Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination

Library Leaders Digital Strategy Summit in DC, March 8-9 — usually on the west coast for the first time in DC with facilitators Rebecca Jones & Michael Edson, former office of the CIO of the Smithsonian Insitute & now Associate Director & Head, Digital, United Nations Live, Museum for Humanity

Ebooks Symposium, University of Toronto iSchool, March 17-18

Future of Libraries: Ours to Create, NOW! USC in LA, March 31/April 1

IFLA President’s Meeting, Call to Action: Buiding the Change Agenda for the Information Profession, Toronto Sheraton Hotel, April 7-8 with tours and receptions at other locations. Including industry leaders and top libarians from around the world!

Check them out and join us for great conversations, lots of learning and interesting networking!

Computers in Libraries 2016

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Library Labs: Research, Innovation & Imagination

I’m very excited about the next year’s Computers in Libraries 2016, March 8-10 in Washington DC. First, #CILDC is 31 years strong! And still highlighting innovative technology and library practices, sharing leading-edge information services and community engagement strategies as well as looking at the impact these services and practices have on their communities.

Many organizations have innovation labs, incubating spaces, and ways to stimulate imagination and support research. Our theme for Computers in Libraries 2016, Library Labs: Research, Innovation, & Imagination, aims to do the following: • Highlight library research that translates into useful strategies and practices for libraries. • Share new and exciting projects from information industry labs. • Feature innovative services and libraries. • Stretch our imagination with possible areas for further library research and testing.

Monday March 7th

18 wonderful workshops — the always popular Searchers Academy, Tech Trends for Libraries, Design Thinking for Libraries, Responsive Web Design, How to Make a Makerspace, Information Architecture, User Experience (UX), Data Visualization, Essential Sharepoint, Staff Development, Demonstrating Value with the Logic Model, Marketing Your Library, and more. A new full day workshop, Incubating Creativity & Imagination will inspire many ideas for incubating learning in your community!

Games, Gadgets & Makerspaces: Welcome & Networking Event from 5.30 to 7.30 with refreshments is a popular meeting, learning, and networking event. Includes lots of gamers and gadget lovers and is definitely an evening of fun, playing, learning, and networking. See how you can transform your thinking,

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The Future of Libraries

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The first day of our University of Toronto symposium, The Future of Libraries, was filled with talks and discussions about challenges for libraries; what boards, provosts and city managers are saying about libraries; what surveys and research are telling us; what our competitors are doing (and how we might partner with them or learn from them); how we can streamline our operations and gain efficiency; how libraries are dealing with change; and more. Here are the top challenges this group articulated:

* Promotion of library services

* Staff competencies, resistance, culture

* Competitors – alignment vs duplication

* Rationalizing services, sacrifice, stop doing

* Making our case in municipalities

* Balancing Act — electronic vs print, staff in or out of the library, service points/back room

* Future of the profession

I found it every interesting that the top challenges weren’t funding or money. We recognize that we have choices, even if they are difficult, but we can choose where we put our resources.

Brandan Howley gave a thought provoking talk and I’m still thinking about his statement, “Future proofing libraries means managing disruption while proving relevancy.” He discussed how libraries are cultural triggers that activate networks — very powerful! He recommended the book, A Pattern Language, about UX (user experience).

“More libraries & their staff “get it”, understand that serious change is necessary, and ask for our help as partners not just vendors” Edmund Salt, President, Whitehots Inc.

Ken Haycock framed the event by starting us off thinking about

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Gadgets, Makerspaces & Innovation @ Internet Librarian 2015

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Guest post from Brian Pichman, Director, Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

There is still time to register at Internet Librarian 2015 in lovely Monterey, California; October 25th – 28th. If you haven’t registered yet, be sure you do to check out some of these Internet Librarian exclusive events:

This year join Nate Hill, Tod Colegrove, and Brian Pichman as they launch an entire interactive workshop on Makerspaces, Idea Labs, and Hackerspaces. Joining them are individuals from littleBits, Hopscotch, LightUp, Twenty One Toys, Brown Dog Gadgets, and more. Get a chance to not only talk about makerspaces, build strategies for success, but also get a chance to play with some leading edge technology that is featured in makerspaces around the world. Learn about code writing, engineering, learning by failure all in this full day jam packed workshop. This workshop offers an opportunity to collaborate with other start-ups and help build your library into an incubation space for start-up culture.

Looking for something to do Sunday night? Join in on the first ever Games and Gadget night hosted in part with Monday Morning’s Opening Keynote Panelists. Get an opportunity to talk to Ilana Ben-Ari, founder of the innovative way to learn empathy and failure from her company called Twenty One Toys. Have a chance to meet Erin Mulcahy who manages the strategic initiatives of littleBits education. Talk to her about prototyping and creating using circuits to help foster innovation in your library space. Explore programming with Liza Conrad, head of community and partnerships

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Apps, Engagement & Putting Digital First

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Star Touch Tablet App

Just watched this great video of John Cruikshank, Publisher, Toronto Star which screamed libraries to me — looking at new ways to reach people, in particular young people. Here’s a few snippets, but do watch it!

future of news — engage a broad audience print newspaper still there and making a profit $25 million start with ipad newsroom focused on storytelling re-engage people in a digital world at a deeper level, immersive level video capacity huge, far more graphical — different way of approaching the news agena bringing it to another generation in a different way can tell marketers how long people spend on their add & if they interact with it