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The Future and Your Library. The Conversation Continues Sept. 30, 2010. Summary of Subcenter Discussion. Digital/Mobile Population changing Go Green! Community is changing Digital Divide will deepen Education changing Families changing, busier Money/economic challenges. Digital Mobile.

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the future and your library

The Future and Your Library

The Conversation Continues

Sept. 30, 2010

summary of subcenter discussion
Summary of Subcenter Discussion
  • Digital/Mobile
  • Population changing
  • Go Green!
  • Community is changing
  • Digital Divide will deepen
  • Education changing
  • Families changing, busier
  • Money/economic challenges
digital mobile
Digital Mobile
  • Patrons want services/answers 24/7/365
  • Patrons expect access & support for devices
  • Patrons bring own technology
  • Access vs. ownership
  • Digitizing local content; user created content
digital what can we do
Digital: What can we do?
  • Downloadables
  • Online catalogs and databases
  • “Ask a Librarian” IM widget
  • Self-service, self-check
  • Mobile versions of websites
  • QR/Two dimensional codes
  • Wi Fi access
  • Evaluate how people use the space Evaluate electrical capacity; outlets, etc.
  • Consortia for databases, downloadable materials
  • Links to databases and resources;
  • Digitizing local resources, user-created content Users create promo videos, write blogs
  • Digitize local newspapers, local history
population is changing
Population is Changing
  • Aging population, but increased use by teens and children
  • Diversity of cultures
  • (More Mobile)
population changing what can we do
Population Changing: What can we do?
  • Community study, Planning
  • Programming and services for “boomer to codger” patrons
  • Mentoring for teens
  • Technology for teens—using library for different reasons than before; involve them creatively
  • Involve teens in planning
  • Space for teens
going green
Going Green
  • Environmental consciousness
  • Energy savings
  • Recycling
going green what can we do
Going Green: What can we do?
  • Model green for the community: Recycle: paper, ink cartridges
  • Be collection center for cartridge recycling; spearhead community recycling drives
  • Information/resources/programming on being green
  • Power company do energy audit for library
  • Library check out energy sensors to patrons (from power company)
community is changing
“Community” is Changing
  • Broader than physical place
  • Global
community what can we do
Community: What can we do?
  • Programs out to community—where they’re already at
  • Web and social network presence
  • Provide space for people to meet face-to-face, formally and spontaneously
  • Community is larger than the town/county; library reach to larger community/connection
  • Outreach outside the library
digital divide
Digital Divide
  • Deepening: “have nots” falling further behind
  • Widening: more “have nots”
digital divide what can we do
Digital Divide: What can we do?
  • Keep technology current
  • Staff current on technology, how it can be used
  • Review hours open
education is changing
Education is Changing
  • More home schooling
  • Moving toward year ‘round school?
  • More distance learning
  • More use of technology
education what can we do
Education: What can we do?
  • Collaboration with schools
  • Support for home schoolers
  • Provide space/resources for students
  • Proctoring
  • Support for all types of literacy
  • Pathfinders
  • Support/technology for lifelong learners, online learning
families are changing
Families are Changing
  • Busier
  • Spread out, geographically
  • “Family Unit” is different
families what can we do
Families: What can we do?
  • Latchkey: Programming, Mentoring programs, Homework help, Change program hours
  • Outreach programs “where they’re at”
  • Re-evaluate hours; Change program hours
  • Create family-friendly environment
  • Family programs
  • Collaborate with other agencies/organizations
  • Support for lifelong and self-directed learners.
  • Develop guides and resources (print and online)
  • Help make connections in community –mentoring/shadowing
  • SWILSA Adobe classroom for online classes for the public
economic challenges
$$$, Economic Challenges
  • Resistance to taxes, government
  • Unemployment
what can we do
$$: What can we do?

For patrons:

  • Internet access, Wi Fi
  • Collection for the community: formats, etc.
  • Keep technology current
  • Staff current on technology, how it can be used
  • Review hours open

For Library:

  • Evaluate how we spend
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility
  • Collaborations—buying paper, etc
communicate connect in new ways
Communicate/Connect in New Ways
  • IM widgets
  • Social networks
  • Web presence
  • Invite patrons to participate, create
some other library projects
Some other library projects
  • Shawnee/Topeka County

QR code scavenger hunt

  • DOK/Delft, the Netherlands

“themes”; local history

  • Ann Arbor Library

tagging catalog entries

  • CBPL—local history photos on Flickr
  • Shenandoah’s “Dirty Thirties” project
  • New Orleans PL, etc: Espresso Book Machine
some ideas
Some ideas…
  • Have Social Presence

Minimum: Facebook page

  • Support Mobile

Minimum: mobile home page or qr codes

  • Downloadables

Minimum: list of free ebook sites

  • 24/7/365 Service

Minimum: EBSCOhost

  • Go Green

Minimum: recycle paper, cartridges;Energy Audit

  • Keep up with changes, trends

Minimum: follow a tech trends blog

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