Ok, so I realized that my initial blog was going to the klapls blog instead of this blog. Oops. So, I’m going to pay more attention now. Library Camp Kansas 2009 < The ‘official site’
Open Source – Kathryn Greenhill – Doing her thesis on open source pros/cons of open source
- Out of the box stand alone Koha v. LibLime supported
- Open source – NOT free and easy, it’s constantly changing and a greater depth of knowledge needed “roll on the waves” – change in the mind set regarding and the evolution of the product
- user base makes all the difference
- NExpress – even with additional staffing the project/ILS costs less
- Adjustment of attitudes – Be flexible, find your own answers, be proactive
- Linux laptop – mess with the code, new free upgrades, gets easier
- maturity issue – we are actively adding to the community
- Open Source Business Model – much more demanding, troubleshooting, administering, etc.
- Philosophy compatible with the library philosophy – values! Libraries as a special step-child
- Patron impact? “Love it” Easy to use interface, holds
- Other Open source solutions: KLOW, OpenBiblio, KanGuard (Red Hat) – control blacklist, free ; OpenOffice (Free, easier to use than 2007 and incompatibilities), LiveCDs, etc.
- Open Source programmers work for community and prestige (ties into library values) says Kathryn’s research. Programmer passion. Technology changes from the top down (Heather gives our Prez kudos…shocking).
- Paradigm change with the old school tech folks with MS certification. Where does the data reside? Not ‘secure’ – misnomer b/c they can look for exploits (not true) Phase 3 – everything in the cloud and nothing on your machine.
- Warnings to a director ‘mad on open source’ – find yourself a good nerd – ‘fiddling and tweaking’ – put it together yourself (out of the box generation) – Part of a community now, have to contribute
- Which is more compelling – out of the box or open source? Yes to both – ‘in charge’ and ‘more in control’ compelling and dissatisfaction with out of the box – browser wars, firefox as an example of opensource
Insert Lunch at Hibatchi Hut and a lovely walk to Aggieville
Dead-End Technologies – cooridanted by Eric G.
- CDs and DVDs – going the way of digital downloads? Money into digital download service? Change policies to limit downloads (ex. no iTunes at Joco b/c of bandwidth hogging) Limits on downloads, stream v. download (student play lists, for example, require CDs). Who checks out mp3 players? Are mp3 players a deadend technology themselves? Music at the public library going away for good?
- Philosophy discussion – copyright and licensing issues – how will this work in the future? Online database model for future AV content streaming (with proper bandwidth)
- VHS – Going away in most small libraries – what about new technologies like blue ray? Joco considering starting a new blue ray collection. Space issues, collection development issues – DVRs
- Audiobooks – Playaways?
- Televisions – on demand entertainment, TIVO through commercials
- What’s the model when there isn’t a physical item to check out? Audiobooks, music and more creates artificial limitations to make it ‘seem like’ downloads are physical items.
- Microsoft Office – Open Office to Google Docs (clould computing in the future)
- PC Computer station going away? Handhelds and laptops? CRT monitors going, big CPUs going away
- Solo stand-alone catalog – a “google” of libraries – with a courier – change scoping, but it’s all interconnected (Georgia and Evergreen)
Future of Libraries (Kathryn facilitating)
- Kathryn’s future presentation: People :: Place :: Content :: Community
- Content: what we stock, Place: physical and virtual, People: library staff, and Community: user influence services – users more involved
- What is a library now? Our brand is books, do we tie ourselves to that brand? What when a ‘book’ is in a different container.
- MPL – no more VHS or cassettes – what comes next? Is space needed? DVD thin v. VHS thick? Computers v. laptops v. mobile
- Harry Potter and Star Wars are media neutral – the story is lego, movie, book, videogame
- Ahead of the curve, but Library has the long-tail – outdated technologies that only a few places have for the late adopters or those who can’t afford the cutting edge technology. Content over format? Be container neutral? If there’s a movie that is only available and popular on VHS, do we have to keep it?
- Library as the 3rd place – with the bad economy, use is increasing of ALL formats
- 50 year timeline: which books will still here? picture books, smut (but anonymous with iphone), immediate – Need more bandwidth (high speed) Providing bandwidth – do patrons come for communal computing? Sometimes…
- Community centers with rec, pool, library, gym, etc.
- Teaching and learning – align purpose and expand purpose
- Academic library running out of space – fight between content and place
- People – organizational structure as a bottleneck – librarians need to come into the organizaiton with the skills (retirement issues and ‘how’ boomers retire > leave the leadership position in favor of fun jobs they want to do)
- How do you keep up? Methodologies to keep up? 23 Things
- Not really a profession of continuing education – need education on NEW stuff :: How does the profession keep up with the kids?! Grad students v. undergrads and how the approach technology and databases – Grads are able to adapt and assimilate (and share these lessons with faculty)
- Are Reference librarians still the BEST finders of answers and information?? Can a librarian do it better than Google? How can they do it if they can’t ‘play’ with new technology?
- Staff has a disconnect between ‘knows’ and ‘don’t knows’ with technology – stretched
- Pace of change is fast, fast, fast. How do you cope with multiple new technologies? The More’s Law – rate of technological advancement
- Changes needed – traditional library stuff, augment with new skills and playtime, and freedom to try and fail (shovers and makers) (MySpace, for example) Do a tour working with teens, then embarrassment isn’t a fear anymore…