Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Stephen Abram at NSLS

Today Rebekah and I got to hear Stephen Abram talk at NSLS. Here are some highlights that stood out to me:

  • Libraries need to get better at communicating what they do and why it is important.
  • We need to align ourselves with the technology users are using not what we are comfortable with (or think we can afford)
  • We will probably not have DVDs around much longer
  • Much of what we think we know about groups of people probably isn't correct eg.:
    • People don't read as much as they use to (they read more)
    • Women don't play video games (he said the avg gamer is a woman...)
    • Only young people play video games etc. (and she's 31 years old)
  • Abram suggested we should be planning for the Facebook generation not the Google genteration
  • We should ask people why they use/value libraries - often library staff get this wrong
The slides of the presentation are here.


  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger Blake Walter said…

    I'm glad to hear about DVDs going away -- maybe that means we don't need to buy a DVD player for our library? (Not that we're behind the times or anything . . .)

  • At 10:44 AM, Blogger arcee said…

    Here are a few additional comments that I gleaned from the session:

    'Community is taking control'

    Search engines are geared towards 16-24 year olds

    How can we position ourselves to respond to specific needs of individual users?

    There is no such thing as a generic librarian.

    How can we manage our online 'gate count?'

    Young people are format agnostic

    Consider reading about Bloom's taxonomy of learning styles.

    Patrons want to be able to see, hear, smell, and taste their learning experiences.

    "Radical trust" is a component of Library 2.0.

    'Context is king, not content.'


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