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Internet Literacies & Crap Detection

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Just saw this 2010 vid again from Internet Librarian keynote speaker alumni, Howard Rheingold. I knew him before the early days of the Internet, when he was focused on communities, and always love to listen to his ideas and thoughts. I love this piece on critical thinking around the Net/or as he calls it, crap detection.

He believed in 2010, and I think still relevant today, that we need to go beyond skills to literacies:

attention participation collaboration critical consumption (crap detection) network analysis

Skills, literacies and search engines help to search credibilities, but I think we as librarians, need to push our knowledge of credibility, crap detection, and trust by the public. I look forward to lots of discussions around this topic at Internet Librarian 2016, Oct 17-19 in Monterey CA especially at our Tues evening program celebrating Internet Librarian’s 20th anniversary and “Looking Forward Retrospectively”. And watch the conference website for a link to post your favorite Internet Librarian memory, picture, link, etc.

User Experience UX -- Indi Young

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Indi Young, IL Keynote

We are very excited to have Indi Young as a keynote speaker for Internet Librarian 2016 on Monday Oct 17th in Monterey CA. When I saw Nate Hill at a recent conference, he commented on how lucky we were to have her! Indi is also leading a workshop on stellar UX at the conference on Sunday Oct 16th!

Indi got her start as a software engineer with a computer science degree. She was a founder of Adaptive Path in 2001, a pioneer in user experience design. She has written two books: Mental Models: Aligning Design Strategy with Human Behavior and Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work. She blogs. Here’s more info about Indi.

Indi does “research for organizations about the people they hope to support. [She] helps them think beyond “users” and beyond “user research,” gaining clarity instead about which problems to solve, which segments of people to support, where the gaps are, and how to branch services and products. [She] helps clients curate and add to this roadmap through the decades.”

Make sure you sign up for her workshop and hear her keynote speech at Internet Librarian 2016!

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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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

Digital Strategy: A Challenge?

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In my opinion, digital strategies are a challenge for all organizations with our fast changing world and even faster changing technology. Our consumer practices with technology are constantly evolving and we demand the latest and greatest from all those organizations we touch — including libraries! I am really looking forward to the Digital Strategy Summit taking place Oct 27-8 in Monterey CA co-located with Internet Librarian 2014. This year’s summit features wonderful & knowledgable speakers including Peter Morville who has a new book out, Intertwingled: Information Changes Everything.

Deputy Director, National Library Board, Singapore at IFLA, Lyon 2014

While at IFLA‘s World Library & Information Congress last month, I heard the Deputy Director, Kia Siang Hock, discuss the digital strategy of the National Library Board of Singapore. The National Library Board includes one national library, one national archives and 25 public libraries. Here’s their digital strategy:

* Unlocking the richness of unique Singapore content

* Improving findability through search engine optimization & OneSearch

* Reaching out to digital users at their preferred spaces

* Connecting content for contextual discovery

With 156% mobile penetration in their community/country, they used responsive web design to improve their site and have adopted it as a standard requirement for online services (as well as government services). They have lots of mobile apps! The National Library Board’s focus on contextual discovery stems from the fact that their users collectively contribute 10s of millions of entries per year in many different languages. The National Library

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MOOCs

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MOOCs — we are just seeing all the wonderful opportunities! There will be lots more in our future.

Yesterday the Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning section of IFLA hosted a terrific program called MOOCs: Opportunities & Challenges for Libraries. Sandy Hirsh of San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science started off with a look at what academic institutions are doing with MOOCS — she had some great stats and information. I’m hoping that her slides and the others from this session will be available. ! will update this post when I have the link and if I don’t get the link I’m hoping that you will see much (and more) of this program at Computers in Libraries 2015, March 23-5 in DC. And if you have experience with MOOCs, please consider joining us at CIL — the call for speakers is still open!

Michael Stephens, also from San Jose, talked about the successful MOOC for professional development that he did for the global library community last year with 400 participants. Called the Hyperlinked Library, this MOOC was successful even if all the participants did not finish (only 15% did) — 76% said they got something out of the experience. What they liked included global networking, learning about their own learning style, renewed thinking and a fresh outlook. Michael also talked about the roles for librarians within MOOCs including learning guides, access providers, creators and learners. The participants of this MOOC continue the conversation on a Facebook

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Branding for Success: Lessons from the World Cup

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Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com

I was just reading this fantastic article about Adidas’ use of social media during the World Cup. They sent a 40-person team to the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“So far, its strategies seem to be working – on Twitter, Adidas is the most mentioned brand, with more than 1.6 million tweets, retweets, and replies about it. Plus, its hashtag #allin is the most used brand hashtag right now, with about 570,000 mentions. On YouTube, it’s doubled its audience by adding 200,000 new subscribers since the World Cup began, and on Facebook, it now has another one million fans.”

Adidas put a lot of effort and planning into their social media campaign and there are a lot of lessons for other companies, associations and industries!

“Building a “Content Bible

A year before the World Cup ever kicked off, Adidas tapped a social media agency called We Are Social to gather content on 100 Adidas-sponsored players. The content includes about 1,000 images and 160 videos that can work with whatever happens during gameplay. By the time December rolled around, We Are Social had set up an hourly calendar for the 32-day World Cup, building content around the games.” And yes, the bottomline is “Reaching the right people with the right message at the right time” and “Being ready for moments and story options”.

Libraries have so many great stories, so much research that points to their positive community impact. But they have trouble speaking with

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Startup Weekend for Library Innovation!

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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

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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.

 

 

 

Hack the Library!

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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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