I gave this presentation last week at a webinar for the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council. There were a LOT of great questions afterwards. Lots of libraries are thinking about hackerspaces, makerspaces, etc … and trying to answer the “why” – as in why should we do this? What’s available? What are other libraries doing?
This presentation gave an overview of what’s happening, and also gave some tips on where to start.
What’s the ideadrop house? From the livestream text:
“On 3/8, DLF brings you a live stream of the ER&L + ProQuest #ideadrop house in Austin, TX. The #ideadrop house is a space dedicated to library and information professionals to experience the diversity of SXSW speakers in the context of libraries and library-related technologies and topics.
Influencers, thought leaders, artists, hacktivists, academics and creators join the #ideadrop library house during March 8-12 at SXSW Interactive to discuss many topics including: SOPA/PIPA, free speech, privacy, open access, archives, values, humanity, civic start up efforts, civil liberty, liberty, network freedom, information access, open data, museums, community engagement, ux, social media, digitization and open source technologies.
Live streaming made possible by the Digital Library Federation (DLF)”
So – Lisa Carlucci and I talked about online conversations and community in the library world – fun talk! Make sure to watch and listen … then leave a comment here!
One more set of sketchy notes from ALAMW13 – this time from Lee Rainie, director, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project @lrainie, libraries.pewinternet.org
Pew has done three phases of research on libraries:
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.
Just posting something from fellow library geek Jason Griffey. Did you know he’s like the ONLY librarian who goes to CES (i.e., Consumer Electronics Show)? This show is apparently HUGE, and there’s a lot of innovation that gets announced there.
This year – actually, the last couple of years – Jason has attended CES, and reported on what he found. One thing he found was the Makerbot booth and Bre Pettis, one of Makerbot’s founders.
In this video, Jason interviews Bre about what’s new for Makerbot, and what it might mean for libraries. Jason also has an accompanying blog post talking about new stuff for Makerbot.
Bre also mentions two books we should read before starting a hackerspace: