CIL2010: Dead & Emerging Technologies Panel

I was on the Dead & Emerging Tech panel this year at Computers in Libraries, so here are my slides.

This panel is supposed to be entertaining and provocative (and hopefully have some good thoughts too), so it was tricky to do, but fun too.

So – enjoy!

CIL2010: The Global Library Automation Scene

Notes from a talk I attended …

Speaker: Marshall Breeding

Current State of the Industry:

Check out Marshall’s Library Technology Guides ( – great info on who is using what ILS systems, what libraries switched ILS systems, etc.

Most used ILS software in the world: Isis ??? never heard of it! Marshall’s point – there’s a lot happening in the global ILS industry that we don’t really know about in the US

Horizon is next to last on the list of “how satisfied is your library with your current ILS system?” – Great – that’s what we have!

Marshall does say take those stats with a grain of salt – people on both ends of the spectrum respond, people int he middle don.t That said, he’s gotten over 2000 responses to his survey.

Observations from his 2009 Perceptions report:

– small libraries generally receive higher perception scores.
– Companies supporting proprietary ILS products receive higher satisfaction scores than companies involved with open source ILS systems

Discovery Platforms are mattering a lot more right now – that’s what our patrons see, so libraries want to spruce those up.

Library users in transition:
they don’t want help in the beginning anymore.

Tech in transition – web-based, cloud-based is the new thing. Client/server is the old thing. Local computing is shifting to cloud platforms.

Full spectrum of devices – mobile, web, tablet, etc…

Evolutionary Path: ILS systems are slowly evolving – they are wrapping their legacy code in APIs and Web services

Revolutionary Path: Ex Libris URM, Kuali OLE, WorldCat Management System

What does it mean to be open?

Interestingly, open source systems generally run behind proprietary systems in terms of customer-facing APIs… which makes sense. Smaller libraries are using the open source system, larger libraries with complex problems are using the proprietary systems.

Cool – he has a table showing what discovery layers work with what systems –

CIL2010 – Gen X Librarians: Leading from the Middle

Notes from a talk I attended …

Speakers: Lisa Carlucci Thomas (Digital Services Librarian), Southern Connecticut State University, Karen Sobel (Web Librarian), and Nina McHale (Reference & Instruction Librarian) – both at the University of Colorado at Denver

Gen X and Tech – Nina

Ha – quote – “I have shoes older than you.”

Generalizations work sometimes, sometimes not so much. ie – there are 20-something digital novices and 80-year old tech gurus.

Defines Gen X at early-mid 1960s to early 1980s. That’s me – born in 1966.

Growing up (along) with technology:

gen x librarians developed technology skills as needed – computers entered our lives during our educations

1970 – mean income, $10,001 – “Kitchen Computer,” $10,600

1984-1993 – computer access doubled for Gen Xers.

Gen X – between two worlds:

typewriters and word processors
card catalogs and opals
print and electronic
DOS and Windows
Analog and Digital
Traditional and Social
Landline and Cell Phone

Parallels in personal lives:
there has always been a generation in the middle – but tech adds a new dimension.

Attitudes toward tech:

we’re proficient with it
accepting of change and desire to improve systems
more likely to bank, shop, and look for health info online – connecting traditional institutions and new modes of communication

Gen X at Work – Karen

Sandwich Generation at work

Good mix of generations, income brackets, and levels of information at the university

She works on bridging the gap in the classroom.

different generations want to know different things.

make sure to personalize the instruction

Gen X skills in the library:

Gen X is bridging the gap – we started out analog, ended up digital. So we can help older people that are just starting out learning the “new stuff” – cause we’ve been there too

“I like technology, but I’m not an addict” – we have a better balance than older and younger generations

What does it mean to say “I’m not a computer person?” – But … they still have a phone…

Many Gen X librarians lean in tech-related taskforces, digitization projects, training programs

Gen X and Leadership – Lisa

Never before – 4 generations int he workplace

Gen X – rising into management positions (that’s me too)

Gen X is the smallest entry wave of managers in leadership roles right now…

Difference – Gen X is loyal to the profession – not to the institution.

Require personal/professional life balance

self-driven and self-motivated

promote innovation, mediate change, mentor people towards that change

Mentioned BIGWIG as a good example of gen x librarians working towards change

Sweet – mentioned mine and Michael Porter’s Library 101 project as something trying to give back to the profession – thanks!

Interesting – are we the self-centered skeptical slackers the media once portrayed us as? Not so much. Instead, we are independent, innovative individuals – who are becoming proficient leaders in our fields.

#genx hashtag…

VIdeocasting Boot Camp – Videos to Watch

Michael Porter and I taught a 3-hour preconference session today for the Computers in Libraries conference about video on the web for librarians. It was fun!

During the session, we watched some videos and critiqued them … and had a huge list of other videos we wanted to watch, but didn’t have time for. So – here’s that list of videos. Enjoy!

General stuff:

  1. david Lee King – hats –
  2. Steve Garfield – I Can’t Open it –
  3. Mike Moon – his dog –
  4. Wine Library TV –

Public Libraries:

  1. TopekaLibrary – tech Tuesdays –
  2. TopekaLibrary – Scarlett introduces the Health Information Neighborhood –
  3. TopekaLibrary – patron-created content – claymation –
  4. What’s happening @ACPL videos –
  5. OCLS – Doug and Sam – DVDs –
  6. OCLS – more Doug and Sam – Overdrive –
  7. JoCoLibrary – Gaming –
  8. Sam Wallin, CrashSolo – One Minute Critic (book reviews) –
  9. Missoula Library – book review –
  10. Columbus Metropolitan Library – staff –

University Libraries:

  1. University of Toronto at Mississuaga – welcome to our website –
  2. UTM – going for gold at the library –
  3. Duke Uni archives – Big Band –
  4. Oxford College Library – intro to the library –
  5. Ohio University Libraries, Chad Boeninger – industry research video –
  6. Rod Library – Good idea, Bad Idea –
  7. Peabody Library – Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals –

This Week in Libraries – only weekly video show I know of that’s about global libraries, librarians, and librarianship.

intro slide by libraryman

This Week in Libraries – Have you Subscribed Yet?

This Week in Libraries #4: Helene Blowers, Michael Stephens and David Lee King. from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

Do you know about This Week in Libraries yet? It’s the creation of Jaap van de Geer and Erik Boekesteijn, both in the amazing Innovation department at DOK, Library Concept Center in Delft, Netherlands. Besides working at a beautiful library, they help organize the UGame ULearn conference and tour the world’s libraries collecting stories as the Shanachies.

In their spare time, they recently created This Week in Libraries. It’s a weekly video show that does exactly what the show’s name claims – they talk about what’s going on this week in libraries … globally. Interesting concept! Even cooler (to me, anyway) – they create the show in the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam’s (Amsterdam Public Library) podcast studio … how many libraries can say they have one of those?

I was on last week’s show, along with Michael Stephens and Helene Blowers. We talked about the conferences we just spoke at, digital innovation, the iPad and ebooks, change, and the recent budget woes of many US libraries. It was a fun conversation – watch and see if you agree.

Anyway – I suggest checking out This Week in Libraries, and subscribing if you find it useful (I have subscribed).