Computers in Libraries 2005, Day 1 (morning sessions)

Here’s a quick run-down on what I listened to this morning:

9am – Intro (I think it was Dick Kaser):

  • Best turnout in over 5 years.
  • Over 2100 registered.
  • From all 50 states and DC. 10 countries.
  • 139 speakers and moderators, 62 exhibitors

Clifford Lynch (keynote):
No Powerpoint. Cool – I need a cheatsheet.

Clifford spoke on the history of the Internet and then projected possible future stuff:

  • History of internet and web…
  • In 1985, what we have now (the web) would have seemed like science fiction.

Current Trends:

  • we’ll see a huge amount of historical content placed online.
  • Entire cumulative amount of literature on certain subjects will be available online.
  • We’ve been raised to think there’s a scarcity of content (limited amount of space on bookshelves, record stores, etc.). We’re now finding out that someone loves practically everything – it’s a move to abundance.
  • Move to digital representations that stand by themselves. move from bib records and description to a move to full text. This is a huge cultural shift. We need to rethink metadata because of this.
  • Images are plentiful – we can represent physical objects digitally. Physical things are much more accessible and preservable now. Like museums. (or local history/archives collections)
  • TV stations, radio stations, printing presses, etc – all belonged to big organizations. Now you can have a computer of your own with a fast internet connection, and the big organization trend is shrinking.
  • We can take networking ans wireless for granted – he hasn’t had to use a modem for a long time.

Future trends down the road:

  • Images are going to become much more common discourse in electronic communication.
  • Are we moving into an age of broader authorship? Tim Berners-Lee idea of the web was collaboration… we’ve seen the rise of blogs, photo blogs. It’s energized a large number of people.
  • Age of popular authorship… some authorship will turn into a type of conversation.
  • Large digital collections of historical content. For example – a photo of some confederate general usually has little to no descriptive content – Once you put it online, it becomes a conversation – hey, that’s my grandpa…. let me tell you about him. Content becomes conversation. That’s cool.
  • Content designed for humans, and content designed for machines to read – we’ll see this division. There aren’t really maps now – they’re databases that output a map.
  • Digital Preservation concerns are growing: larger interest in preservation for digital content.
  • Starting to see “digital shoeboxes” of content (like family photos) that people want to preserve.
  • Sensory integration. – Seeing this in the sciences. starting to see it in medicine. low end – surveillance cameras attached to the net

And his conclusion:
Embarrasing content is becoming an issue – 4th graders who put up a webpages – they’ll deal with that when they are adults, becuase their 4th grade info will still be out there.

Since then, I gave two presentations, so I haven’t really taken more notes… more to come fromt his afternoon’s sessions.