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The Inside Out Library.


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This presentation was given at Bobcatsss2013 in Ankara.

Once the library assembled a collection and people came to the library to use it. Now, people build communication, workflows and behaviors around a variety of network resources. The library needs to think about how it is visible and relevant in those workflows and behaviors.

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The Inside Out Library.

  1. 1. The inside out library:scale, learning, engagement Lorcan Dempsey @LorcanD Hacettepe University, Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey Jan 23 2013
  2. 2. An ideawhich is comingaround again.
  3. 3. By Ardfern (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( via Wikimedia CommonsPeople should think not so much of the books that have goneinto the … Library but rather of the books that have come outof it. Seán OFaoláin
  4. 4. prelude
  5. 5. Network and scale
  6. 6. “Build relationships in a marketplace that reconnects producers and consumers.”
  7. 7. “Join the movement rebuilding human-scale economies around the world.”
  8. 8. Not just a site but an ecosystem Beyond the mobile web. Stephanie Rieger.
  9. 9. Webscale• Webscale <> personal• The rich get richer … – Network effects – Massive aggregation – Gravitational pull• Data driven engagement – Analytics – Social• Platform – Leverage for developers …
  10. 10. Beyond the mobile web. Stephanie Rieger.
  11. 11. “ Colleges and universities have long competed against one another, measuring themselves in comparison to each other and holding tightly to their idiosyncrasies as defining elements of their status. But today, the distribution and reuse of information digitally via the Internet is rapidly changing the game, rewarding those who instead aggregate and scale toward a common infrastructure. It is becoming increasingly clear that neither the challenges that confront colleges and universities nor the solutions to those challenges are unique to each institution. Chuck Henry and Brad Wheeler The game has changed Educause Review, March 2012
  12. 12. “aggregate and scale towards a common infrastructure”
  13. 13. My professional mission as a librarian is this: Help people build their own libraries. Thats it. Thats all I care about.Dan Chudnov
  14. 14. 65%Discoverability Phase 1 Final Report. Hanson et al. U Minnesota.
  15. 15. What has changed 1Now: resources are abundant and attention is scarce Then: resources are scarce and attention is abundant
  16. 16. What has changed? 2The need for local infrastructure or local assembly of materials has declined.
  17. 17. High transactioncosts led tolocallyassembledcollections.
  18. 18. What has changed? 3The library is institution scale wheremany of its users operate at network scale
  19. 19. Researchers prefer toadopt open source andsocial media technologiesthat are available in thepublic domain rather thaninstitutional license-basedapplications ….. First thesocial media technologiesfacilitate networking andcommunity building.Second, researchers preferto use technologies thatwill enable them access toresources and their ownmaterials beyond theirinstitution-based PhDresearch. e.g. Mendeley, Zotero, Endnote
  20. 20. What has changed 4Now: Library services are built around the user’s workflowThen: User’s workflow built around library services
  21. 21. Slide from Pat Losinski, CEO Columbus Metropolitan Library
  22. 22. Advise on use … Not just licensingConnect … Disclose SwitchData driven engagement Aggregate and make useful usage dataReputation management What is the personal/institutional profile
  23. 23. The inside out library ..the library as an actor in research and learning environments of its users
  24. 24. Outside in Inside out1. User builds workflow 1. Library services built around library services around user workflows2. Towards a centered 2. Towards a decentered network presence network presence3. Locally assemble externally 3. Engage with acquired colls creation, management, use and sharing of all information resources4. Discovery happens in the 4. Discovery happens library elsewhere5. Expertise hidden 5. Expertise visible6. Configure space around 6. Configure space around collections engagement
  25. 25. 2Now: towards the decentered library Then: towards the centered library Thanks to my colleague JD Shipengrover for help with the pictures in this section
  26. 26. Not just a site but an ecosystem Beyond the mobile web. Stephanie Rieger.
  27. 27. Network PresenceJohn Doe University Library Website John Doe University Decoupled Library External Communication Syndication Cloud Sourced
  28. 28. Flickr Decoupled Communication Blogs Facebook Archives and spec Twitter colls Google YoutubeInstitutional repo Digital library Discovery Knowledgebase Libguides Microsites Cloud Sourced Resolver
  29. 29. WorldCat ArchivesGrid Summon Metadata Scirus Blogs Europeana Suncat Catalogue Ethos RSS Mobilepp Proxy Toolbar OAI-PMH Dspace Linked Data (Dspace)Discovery (Catalog) Services Proxy Widgets Library APIs Z39.50 External Syndication Data Jorum Digital Archive
  30. 30. 3 Now: engage withcreation, management, use and sharing of all information resources Then: acquire external resources
  31. 31. Stewardship/scarcity high low In many Low-High collections Low-Low Books & Journals Freely-accessible web Newspapers resources Gov Documents Open source software low CD & DVD Newsgroup archives Maps Uniqueness Scores High Low Stewardship Stewardship High-Low High-High Research & Learning Special Collections high Materials Rare books Local/Historical Newspapers Institutional records Local History Materials ePrints/tech reports Archives & Manuscripts Learning objects Theses & dissertations Courseware In few E-portfolios collections Research data Prospectus Insitutional websiteCOLLECTIONS GRID(Lorcan Dempsey and Eric Childress, OCLC Research)
  32. 32. Collections Grid In many Purchased Materials Open Web Resources Licensed E-Resources collections Licensed Purchased High Low Stewardship Stewardship Special Collections In few Research & Learning Local Digitization Materials collections
  33. 33. Outside in Bought, licensed CollectionsIncreased consolidationMove from print to licensedManage down print – shared printMove to user-driven modelsAim: to discoverInside outInstitutional assets: special collections, research and learning materials, institutional records, …Reputation managementIncreasingly important?Aim: to *have* discovered … to disclose
  34. 34. Outside in collections – increasingly externalised tocollaborative or third party. Reduced local infrastructure.Inside out collections. Growing engagement aroundscholarly communication, data curation, institutionalasset management, reputation/profiles. Leverage internal/external infrastructure.
  35. 35. 4Now: discovery happens elsewhereThen: discovery happens in the library
  36. 36. Ithaka s+rNetwork-level discovery tools include disciplinary resources andpowerful search tools which dramatically improve research efficiencywhile also increasing effectiveness. As a result, faculty discoverypractices across all disciplines have continued their marked shiftto the network level. This key finding has important implicationsfor resource providers and libraries alike.Faculty members are reducing their usage oflocal library services for discovery purposesand, as a result, put less value on the library’straditional intellectual value-added role as agateway to information.
  37. 37. Active promotion• Interpretation and promotion through social media• Syndication – Metadata – Links – Services• Search engine optimization
  38. 38. Getting into the flow: decoupled communication • Not just providing a way to interact with resources … • … but a way of making yourself visible and attracting resources to you.
  39. 39. DISCLOSUREEffective web presence • Strategic content alliance •A set of materials to advise on how to create an effective web presence. •SEO •Metadata •Structure etc ….
  40. 40. 5Now: visible Then: hidden
  41. 41. If you want to be seen as expert …… then your expertise has to be seen.
  42. 42. ‘Indexing’ librarians at U Michigan
  43. 43. Slide from Pat Losinski, CEO Columbus Metropolitan Library
  44. 44. 6Now: space is configured around engagement with the user Then: space is configured around collections
  45. 45. … unique combination of collections, government information expertise, and data services …. Our new proximity, in a purposefully designed and equipped space, means that we can more effectively collaborate with each other, which in turn really enhances our ability to creatively collaborate with students, faculty, and researchers. The new library features 60-foot long counter to enable the examination of large-format maps; a presentation space thatStephen will accommodate instruction; display cases and screens thatS. Clark showcase items from the print and digital collections; a large-Library format high-resolution scanner that produces digital copies for online work or the creation of full-size print copies; individual and group study spaces with dual-screen computers and laptop accessibility; and comfortable, moveable furniture for flexible study and collaboration. We expect the Clark to become the campus nexus for the various data services that all disciplines increasingly require, …
  46. 46. e Public Library, Therlands
  47. 47. The library should not provide an argument for aparticular case, but demonstrate that there is alwaysanother case to be made. The notion that the libraryis a place that has no agenda other than allowingpeople to invent their own agendas is what makes itan indispensable resource for a democracy. It iswhere we can learn not just to be readers, but to bethe authors of our own destiny. Fintan O’Toole Dublin City Public Libraries, Flickr:
  48. 48. @LorcanD