Startup Weekend for Library Innovation!


Dysart & Jones is a sponsor and has been observing and participating in the world’s first library edition of Startup Weekend! Very exciting! With global sponsors like Google, Coca Cola and Amazon, Startup Weekend is all about action, not talk. We heard the pitches for MVPs — minimally viable products — on Friday evening; and teams of librarians, designers and techies have been working on those MVPs ever since. I’m looking forward to hearing the presentations later today:

1. Space Valet

2. Sticky Bookmarks

3. theBIKEproject

4. Raise Your Reader

5. Maker Library

6. Project Eeyore

7. SignWave

8. Hub

9. PixelBook

10. CCBB

11. Brooklist

David Weinberger, author of lots of terrific books, and soon to be the opening keynote speaker at Computers in Libriaries 2014 in Washington DC, April 7-9, is one of the judges of the MVP presentations this afternoon. Other judges are Beth Jefferson, CEO, Bibliocommons; Michelle McBane, Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund; Chris Eben, Partner, The Working Group; and Candace Faktor, GM, Wattpad. It will be interesting to see what they have to say and who wins prizes for this weekend’s creative and innovative library product designs. We will be sharing more about this exciting one-of-a-kind event.



Driving Our Community's Digital Destiny


It is hard to believe that this fall we will be attending the 18th Internet Librarian conference, Oct 27-29, in Monterey, CA. In 1997 the Internet was young and we were all wondering what to do with it and how we could use it. Now we are creating amazing services, sharing information strategies with our communities, and taking a leadership role in our community’s digital destiny. I hope you will share your expertise and knowledge at this year’s event. Call for speakers is here and includes a list of possible topics — but feel free to create your own. Do it now, though, as the deadline is the end of next week! Thanks.




Organizing the Future: Taxos?


The call for speakers for Taxonomy Boot Camp 2014, a part of KMWorld, is now out. The theme — Organizing the Future: Taxonomies Leading the Way?. The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC on November 4-5. Have a look at last year’s program and some of the presentations. Share your knowledge about taxonomies and encourage colleagues to do so too! Send in your proposals! The first day of the event has two streams, one focuses on starting the journey with taxonomies and the other is for practitioners. The second day has lots of sessions for everyone!

Hack the Library!


I’m very excited about next year’s program for Computers in Libraries 2014 in Washington DC. How can it not be fun with the theme, Hack the Library! Although, I do think almost anything can be hacked (or transformed) — any organization, any process. And not only do I think they can be hacked, I think they should be. We need fresh ideas, re-engineered processes, new strategies, continuous innovation and creativity as we deal with an uncertain future no matter if we are a library, an information service, or just about anything else!

Great keynotes for Computers in Libraries 2014:

* David Weinberger, Co-Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab; Senior Research, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, & Author, Too Big to Know & Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, & Co-Author, Cluetrain Manifesto. His topic: Hack Libraries: Platforms? Playgrounds? Prototypes?

* Mary Lee Kennedy, Chief Library Officer, New York Public Library (formerly at Harvard Business School & Microsoft). Her topic: Hacking Strategies for Library Innovation.

* Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative & Author, Tactical Urbanism. His topic: Hacking Library Spaces

Check out the exciting streams of sessions: Creative Spaces & Makerspaces; Hacking the Enterprise; Discovery, Navigation & Search; Transforming Web Presence; Internet @ Schools; Library Issues & Challenges; User Experience; Transformation, Change & People; Community Impact; Future Directions; Rethinking Our Approaches; Under the Hood; Digital Academy; Innovation & more!

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Keep Current with Gary Price


Gary Price is the information industry’s best kept secret. Many of us were introduced to Gary’s keen intellect in his 2001 work with Chris Sherman, The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See. Twelve years later Gary is still uncovering and surfacing the deep floor of the Web for us. I suggest to public libraries all the time that they should have 30 minute quarterly or bi-annual updates for staff with Gary. Library staff are often so busy that they don’t have time to learn new e-resources or to think about how these e-resources can benefit their customers. Most importantly, public libraries need to differentiate their services and resources. Anyone can use Google or Bing or Yahoo. What libraries have and – must raise awareness of – are resources and expertise that goes way beyond (and to take the analogy of ‘uncovering’ one step further “go under”) these search engines. Most of these sources, sites and tools Gary introduces me to are free. Gary is a librarian, after all. He’s all about open source and free.

What I find so amazing each time I talk with Gary or listen to him or read him in InfoDocket is his vast insight into publishing, the web and libraries. I’m not just amazed – I’m enthralled. I don’t make these links; I can’t retain these details. But why should I? Gary does. Imagine Gary at your next staff day; the morning session focused on developments in publishing and implications for libraries

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Top 10 IT Issues from Educause


I find this year’s look by Educause at IT issues particularly interesting. They “reflect the increasing interconnections among external forces, institutional strategic priorities, and information technology in higher education.” “The boundaries between academia and the rest of the world have never been more porous. These external forces are shaping the strategic priorities of higher education institutions.” Here is the list:

1. Leveraging the wireless and device explosion on campus

2. Improving student outcomes through an approach that leverages technology

3. Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy to help the institution select the right sourcing and solution strategies*

4. Developing a staffing and organizational model to accommodate the changing IT environment and facilitate openness and agility

5. Facilitating a better understanding of information security and finding appropriate balance between infrastructure openness and security

6. Funding information technology strategically*

7. Determining the role of online learning and developing a sustainable strategy for that role

8. Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring your-own device*

9. Transforming the institution’s business with information technology*

10. Using analytics to support critical institutional outcomes*

*these were also in the 2012 list of IT issues

New Strategic Priorities:

Contain & reduce costs Achieve demonstrable improvements in student outcomes Keep pace with innovations in elearning, & use elearning as a competitive advantage Meet students’ & faculty members’ expectations of co

ntemporary consumer technologies & c


A real challenge for academic libraries (and most other types of libraries and organizations as well). I like the

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IFLA 2013: Supporting KM – Tech & Tools


Here is the paper & slides Frank Cervone & Jane Dysart presented at IFLA’s( 79th World Library Information Congress in Singapore:

Paper: IFLA – Cervone-Dysart-KM Tools

Slides: Slides Cervone-Dysart-IFLA_KM_Tools

The presentation covers some open access and open sources technology and tools which can be used to support learning, knowledge sharing and team-based work in any organization. It covers knowledge management (KM) systems, business intelligence (BI) systems, document management tools, personal KM tools, some specialized application tools and social media tools. This list is definitely not exhaustive, but some to look at if you need some support for your initiatives.

SOFTWARE AND REFERENCE URLS ( OpenKM ( SpagoBI ( JasperSoft ( OpenDocMan ( TemaTres ( MediaCrawler ( OpenSearchServer ( PiggyDB ( Freeplane ( Kwok Information Server ( Plandora ( ( KM Today newsletter ( City of Yarra and Yammer ( British Library and Yammer

IFLA Insights with Jane


Trends, and thinking about the future, have always excited me and I want to share a couple of recent trend reports. The first trend report is from my colleague Stephen Abram (he and I used to watch kids in the playground in thinking about future technology). It is one he put together for a recent webinar, a technology forecast for libraries.

Education Institute: 2014 Tech Forecast for Libraries in Stephen’s Lighthouse

The second trends report was released from IFLA yesterday. It is based on interviews and discussions with experts from many different environments (including my friend & valued speaker, Lee Raine, Director, Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Institute & keynote at Internet Librarian 2013 in the fall in CA). IFLA’s trends report is not specific to libraries but showcases insights in a broader context. As we look at what changes are happening in the world, we need to think carefully about the implications for libraries and their communities. Something Dysart & Jones do with their clients regularly.

IFLA Trends:

New technologies will both expand & limit who has access to information Online education will transform & disrupt traditional learning Boundaries of data protection & privacy will be redefined Hyper-connected societies will listen to & empower new groups (mobile technology plays a big part) The global information economy will be transformed by new technologies

Technology is a common thread in IFLA’s trends and certainly in sessions at the 79th WLIC in Singapore. Technology is a (not the) core

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Hack the Library!


When many people think of a library, it is a very traditional picture, somewhat like this Google Doodle which captures the spirit of Ada Lovelace, mathematician and writer in the early 1800s.

Ada Lovelace, Mathematician & Writer

However after listening to speakers at Creative Making for Libraries & Museums this week, most people would not recognize some of the current spaces as being part of libraries museums. Something like this Google Doodle. Can you see Google in there?

Tribute to Josef Frank

Hack the Library! is the theme of Computers in Libraries 2014 in DC, April 7-9. The call for speakers is now online. We will be working on the program in October and hope to finalize in November. I am hoping to have a number of speakers that participated this week’s at the Creative Making in Libraries and Museums symposium present at CIL next year as they have really hacked their libraries, changed their culture, created awesome spaces and engaged their communities! We need to learn from them and others.



Canadian, eh? Google Love!


140th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Well, you can’t get more Canadian than this, eh? Except maybe with hockey, but we’re not talking about that again this year! I love Google doodles, but I really love this one. Really made me smile when I saw it this morning! And speaking of Google, do you ever check out the more button on Google? If not, you should, they really have some cool stuff: maps for mobile, SketchUp which builds 3D models quickly and easily (so they say), trends, translate, and lots more. Check it out.