Published on February 6, 2014
Library as Future Joe Murphy @libraryfuture Australia 2014
Art by Tara Radniecki @libraryfuture
The outside world is burning the ways that we have done things @libraryfuture
She who has more curiosity has more strength @libraryfuture
Joe Murphy Director, Library Futures • Hopes – Expand library creativity – Multiply instances of library innovation – Empower future leaning library projects
The future of libraries is a question The question is do libraries have a future? @libraryfuture
The future of libraries is a question Posing a question invites investment into its answer The ask has power as a story
One more thing … Diffusion
Library as Future @libraryfuture
The Future as Platform @libraryfuture
What gets us to the future? An idea and an ounce of heart
there is no map to the future
The future library identifies & supports local moonshots the long goals that create side benefits for the community future @libraryfuture
The library sprouts life
Internet of Everything • When more than our devices are data points – The Internet of Things is about to explode in libraries A Nest for Google
New roles serve as bubbles of creativity New roles - Chief Creative Officer - Director of Makerspaces
Four directions for libraries for 2014 Libraries as change entities @libraryfuture
“Really more of a lab than a library”
Boil it down and we are left with change Libraries = pivot engines
Partnerships as growth
Partnerships – coders and more
New platforms for libraries Cars – TVs – Wearables
More through formerly passive platforms
Wearable technology • From palm to body • Not a tangential fad – will want it to fold into library services, work-flows, content provision
Battle for the Living Room
Libraries as gap filler
Now Accepting Bitcoin
Mobile now Mobile usage grew 115% in 2013 – Messaging rose 203%, content increased only 31% for magazines & news & 78% for other media. – Messaging even beat out gaming. – Productivity was #2. (According to Flurry http://blog.flurry.com/bid/103601/Mobile-UseGrows-115-in-2013-Propelled-by-Messaging- ) Apps http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/30/flip-phone-return_n_4518592.html
Mobile Messaging • • • • Snapchat Jelly Instagram Direct WhatsApp
Snapchat – More than Sexting Impermanence Primacy of privacy Photo as conversation
Jelly Big tech playing in library areas Klout’s Cinch? Google’s Helpouts?
Google Helpouts Social & expertise - ahem … libraries https://helpouts.google.com/home
Art by Tara Radniecki
The Most Disruptive Content Technology … is from old media https://www.aereo.com/
Content Today – Print Starts to Settle Into Its Niches - "Print is not dead, it simply has some very specific attributes” – NYT – Library publishing services are on the rise – to serve local/campus publishing needs Association of American Univ Presses Study
Netflix(S) for Books - 24Symbols – Oyster – Scribd – - Streaming – Subscription – Freemium -
Drones + ecommerce + content
2nd Screen folding back
SX SW Libraries at SXSW Positioning Libraries as part of the technology conversation Austin, TX March, 2014
You front line librarians. You are the ones in trouble. … - your new job description, “sees & accepts change, redirects the library work to be the change we need to see” You new/young/newly curious librarians, keep pointing us in new directions
Hyperlinking reality QR Codes and Clickable Paper NFC
A virtual reality wearable Oculus Rift Virtual reality headset Hardware catches up to 2008 dreams Key points – • Wearable • SDK
The 1st question should not be how do we apply? It should be, “what are the impacts on the info environment?” And “what opportunities does it provide?”
The wrong questions: Do libraries have a future? What is the future of libraries?
There is nothing to fear but death and obsolescence
There is nothing to fear but trying & missing
There is nothing to fear but unoptimistic visions of our future
Not all who wonder are lost @libraryfuture
I want to hear, “I wonder if …” Look at disruptions & ask “what will this mean for library growth opportunities?” @libraryfuture
Facilitating Creation Also - 3D Printing fossils at the University of Oregon science library
Privacy debate • Privacy becomes a different type of conversation, when the primacy of patron privacy is balanced with (challenged by?) a preference for / prioritization of customization over strict privacy controls. – Privacy having been “irreparably harmed” will this mean A) a closer guarding of trust AND B) a more realistic placement of levels of trust on institutions like libraries
Library of the future = = HEART + GUTS + VISION
The joy & inspiration libraries bring simply by having a familiar title @libraryfuture
Do not speak of library futures until you know the love of miles Davis
Library as Future Joe Murphy @libraryfuture email@example.com Art by Tara Radniecki
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