Digital Library Landscape – Roy Tennant
Internet Library, Session D11
Monday, Oct 26 2009
Scribbled notes from a terrific session. Any misquotes are my own mistakes!
- Libraries are in imminent danger â€“ if we do nothing â€“ and even if we doÂ â€œsomethingâ€, it may be the wrong thing.
- OCLC Perceptions Report â€“ the public still sees our â€˜brandâ€™ as book, books, books..
- So the public goes to google & amazon for books? Where are libraries then?
- In the card catalog days, we were it! The center of the book finding universe.
- When we first started automating catalogs, they were (and mostly still are) Â just cards on a screen.
- But we are no longer operating in an environment of scarcity, rather one of ubiquity â€“ ubiquitous connections and access to information
- Users used to build their workflow around libraries, NOW we need to build our services around their workflow, be where they are, when they want it.
- â€œif you dislike change, youâ€™re going to disklike irrelevance even moreâ€ Gen. Eric Shinseki
- Network level â€“ concentration â€“ big enough to have value and lots of information to attract users
- Webscale â€“ diffusion â€“ ie:Â get the info OUT â€“ ie: get library links on google books. Get data out to get users to your collections â€“ worldcat date to put that info out in the path of users
- Eg: blog post w/ link to book â€“ linkedtoÂ record in worldcat, remembers your location, bookÂ on shelf. Whatâ€™s missing? Deliver it to my door. (ALSO missingÂ lots of libraries donâ€™t participate in worldcat)
- Publishers send book metadata to booksellers, etc Â â€“ onix – standard metadata format used by publishers.
- Their metadata isnâ€™t necessarily as complete as ours â€“ so letâ€™s collaboarate
- OCLC is taking onix data, enriching it and giving it back – â€œnext generation catalogingâ€ project. Helps libraries become â€œessentialâ€
- â€œwe must look Â at we do through the prism of our imminent demiseâ€
- Tools we develop need to solve problems that patrons/customers have. Not the problems we have â€œscratch their itchâ€
- Donâ€™t worry too much about crafting perfect portals â€¦. WHY? If you expose your data well, your audience will find your content through other search tools.
- Have to get our data out to google, flickr, etc. eg: LOC put their pics on flickr and stats went off the charts – even though those photos had been on the LOC site for years (photo)
- NYPL Live â€“ lib becomes the center of conversation in that community. Be the place â€œwhere stuff happensâ€
- Not a time to be timid or panic
- Deserve a destiny of our own making.