Here’s one of my presentations for Computers in Libraries 2013 – great conference! I’m posting this one separately, since there’s some good stuff here. I poked around in Google, and condensed a lot of “web design predictions” posts into this handy list of 15 web design trends for 2013. Which ones are you thinking about?
- Content first
- Design simplicity
- UX Centered Design
- App style interfaces
- Responsive design
- No skeuomorphism
- Fixed header bars
- Large photo backgrounds
- CSS Transparency
- Social media badges
- Infinite scrolling
- Homepage feature tours
- Sliding panels
- Parallax design
Enjoy! I’ll post links to my other CIL 2013 presentations in another post.
So I’m at SXSW 2013 this week, and I’m learning about some really cool, potentially useful apps, tools, etc. Here’s a partial list of some of them:
CratePlayer – I met the CEO of this startup, and he described CratePlayer like this: think Pinterest, but for media of all types, like video and music. Their website says this: “CratePlayer lets you discover, collect, play and share your favorite online media all in one place.” Nice. They call the Pinterest board-like thing a “crate.” So for a library, gather local media, news media, subject-specific or educational media into a crate, and share away!
Takes – a new iPhone camera app that turns your pictures into videos. Might be useful for video creation!
WeVideo – cool new online video editor. This one is freemium, as in the free version is fine, but to get HD videos and more than 15 minutes of exports, you have to pay a monthly fee. They told me that organizational pricing is available. So … instead of buying lots of copies of video editing software, think about using this online tool.
JumperCut – really interesting video tool. JumperCut lets you collaborate with others to make video. Think crowdsourced videos, multiple takes of the same scene, etc. And … then think about your smartphone-wielding teens. Could be a fun project!
modit – lots of basic online games that you can edit, or “mod,” using their browser-based editor. Then you can save it, share it, and play. This sounds like an easy way to make some localized games pretty easily! The guy I talked to mentioned making customized crossword puzzles, for example.
izik – a new search engine app built for smartphones and tablets. It has a more “Pinterest-like” search results display, and is built on top of Blekko (though the search results for the same searches come out different using the two tools … not sure what’s up with that).
meltwater – an online social media monitoring, management, and engagement service. Looked pretty extensive (but they didn’t tell me how much the service costs).
Nestivity – this looks interesting to Twitter users. It turns your Twitter handle into a “nest,” which helps you better organize, track, and save Twitter conversations. Analytics are provided, and the archive of the conversation is saved.
simplemachine – this looked cool. It’s a peer-to-peer cinema marketplace that allows anyone to book films for exhibition in a theatrical setting (think public viewing of videos). That generally costs money – with simplemachine, they’ve already done the hard work of tracking down the rights holder, and act like a go-between broker (so you don’t have to).
Xi3 – one cool newish hardware tool – check out Xi3. They make really tiny, inexpensive (relatively), power-saving computers. Definitely an alternative to the larger companies like Dell or HP! The picture included in this blog post is one of the computers. Here’s another image of the same computer side-by-side with a smartphone, just to see how big it really is (and a very low-light, grainy image, too – sorry about that!). They had some of these bolted onto the backs of computer monitors – pretty tidy setup!
Treeswing – not really a library app at all. It’s a cool new financial investing tool, and looked sorta promising. Why am I mentioning it? Because it’s sponsored by DST in Kansas City … and I worked for DST during the summers while in college! That was in the 1980’s, and my big job was taking huge dot matrix printouts upstairs to the programmers, so they could actually look at the coding work they just did. Weird job in a weird time. My how times have changed!
I’m headed out to SXSWi tomorrow (woo hoo!), and wanted to let y’all know about something I’m participating in on Friday. I’m heading up a discussion about being human online on Friday at the #ideadrop House.
What’s the #ideadrop House? It’s a fun event hosted by Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) and ProQuest. The goal is to “serve as a seriously fun place to drop ideas and a seriously great opportunity to dialogue about topics affecting libraries during SXSW when the creative juices are flowing and where the big ideas are percolating.”
For most talks at the #ideadrop House during SXSW, there’s a small space for people to actually attend (I think). And, the talk will also be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ideadrop – so you can still watch and participate, even if you’re not in Austin!
My talk is scheduled for 4pm Friday March 8 – I’ll be talking about how organizations can make real connections to customers using online tools.
Pew has done three phases of research on libraries:
- library services
- library user segmentation typology – essentially market research for libraries. Nice.
Phase 1: econtent
- Ebooks are being read more. 16% in 2011, 23% in 2012. At the same time, reading of printed books is declining a bit – 72% in 2011, 67% in 2012.
- 40% of Americans have either a tablet or an ebook reader. 31% have a tablet, 26% have an ebook reader
- Readers of ebooks: currently under age 50, college educated, making 50k+, and love reading. They buy their ebooks.
- Approximately 50% of American adults own smartphones.
- Ebook borrowing – late 2012, a whopping 5% of Americans 16+ have borrowed ebooks from libraries in the last year.
- Growing awareness of this service – 31% of the public
- Yet, 57% don’t know whether this is a service they can use, including many library users.
- Problems with borrowing process include:
- not compatible with an ereader
- there was a waiting list
- Over 50% are open to library coaching/tech support with ebooks.
Phase 2: library services
- Mega takeaway #1: people love their libraries even more for what they say about their communities than for how libraries meet personal needs
- 91% say libraries are important to their communities
- 6% say libraries are important to them and their families
- People appreciate their librarians
- Mega takeaway #2: libraries have rebranded themselves as tech hubs
- 77% say free access to computers and the Internet is a very important service
- Mega takeaway #3: the public wants everything equally, so library leadership will matter in setting priorities
- African-Americans and Latinos are especially enthusiastic about library services.
- Mega takeaway #4: the public invites you to be more Engard in knotty problems.
- Things like involvement in iocal schools, literacy in the community, comfortable spaces, move most library services online, etc. cool.
- Lib services online – 42% should definitely do, 34% should maybe do. Wow. That’s 76% of people wanting the library to do a whole lot more online. As in most library services. Think about that for a minute… Definitely a blog post here!
- Mega takeaway #5: libraries have a PR problem / opportunity.
- Mega takeaway #6 – target audiences for engagement outreach are not hard to ID
- And there’s a large chunk of the population that simply doesn’t use the library or read books.
image by Elon University