Tech Day 2011

Tech Day 2011: Making Connections

OK, so I sat back and just listened to Dr. Michael Wesch and was blown the ‘heck’ away.  So many ideas and so many of them along the vein of Library as Creative Space, Library as Collaboration, Library as User-Created and Library as “the basement where you can create a YouTube video that goes viral.”

Up now: Janet Reynolds talking about Kansas Tell Their Stories: A collaborative podcast project between the library, community, and the local HIstorical Society.

  • In LaCygne at Linn County Library District #2, she got a Humanities Council Heritage Grant to “encourage preservation” by making podcasts!
    • Three year project – willing to give extensions.  They wanted 12 10-minute programs..but that involves research, collaboration, and marketing.   Time consuming.
  • It’s about the connections, less than the technology.  One podcast came out of a question about a plaque in the library about C.W. Allen – donated the original library building – but a family member of Mr. Allen corresponded with Janet and shared lots of local and family history.  Building a Relationship.
  • “Our past plays a role in our present.”  Cross generational interactions – Janet has 17 kids “Young Historians” (home and public schooled) – are researching 17 characters for the next podcasts and will do part of the presentation.  For a program, “Night at the Museum.”  Word of mouth built the group.  Two oldest citizens in LaCygne to meet with some of the teens at the library to tell and hear stories about the community!
  • If the museum isn’t open, what can the library do to take the museum OUT into the community?
  • Obituaries copied out of the paper – record keeping – put on a spreadsheet by a volunteer at the library.  Able to help a visitor from California quickly find an obit for Durda family.  Hooked up a citizen (100 years old) with the visitor to tell stories about the visitor’s grandfather!
  • Podcasts around artifacts found in the Museum (old washing machine, for example) – kids spend 15 hours researching, then help with podcast.
  • Find and save your community’s stories.  Find what’s been forgotten. Present them at a community forum.  Partner with local genealogy or historical societies.  Builds interest.
  • Fits with library’s mission as ‘information center’ – new way to meet needs of patrons.  Accessible (especially in the evening) – ‘go to place’
  • Revived the historical society, brought attention to “the best kept secret in LaCygne,” and find new library cheerleaders through this project.
  • Tools used:  Audacity, Windows Movie Maker, Zamzar.com (but only works with small files), File converters (beware of ‘free’ ones that are buggy) and Podomatic.com to publish the podcasts (with limits w/o a subscription).
  • Vod-cast – put pictures/slides with the podcast (beyond what Humanities Council was expecting…but pleasantly surprised).
  • Podcast could lead to additional information – artifacts, local/personal/family memorabilia – that can enhance the podcast (or make you just have to re-do it!)
  • Tie your story into something happen in the nation during the time period.  Family story as part of ‘war time’ or Great Depression or Panama Canal.
  • These are wonderful!  (TO do: find the newsletter from October to share).
  • Lacygne.podomatic.com
Mine is next – I have it on slideshare.  history.nekls.org

More info about my presentation is on the Tech Day 2011 page.

Brenda and Google – What would you do with a Gig?  Brainstorming Session.  (19 or so folks here, including Dan Bentch (KCKPL Network Administrator)) I’ve waxed poetic about Google Fiber before, but let’s see what a group of librarians come up with:

  • According to Dan, there may be a connection to the door of each library (difficulty with the filtering b/c of School District tie in)
  • Filtering issues – Google doesn’t be lieve in it. KCKPL uses Web Sense (costly) and gets e-Rate…but would they need e-Rate with Google?
  • Potential to go – bet on human creativity – attract developers – Here’s some background and the announcement and inspiring video is below.
  • Broadband as an issue – Need will only increase.  National Broadband Plan – great infrastructure challenge of the early 21st century (akin to Interstates, railroads in eras past).  IT’S A UTILITY!  electricity, phones and interstates then = broadband now!
  • Demands for video, e Government, job searching, online education…
  • Beyond speeding up what we already do, what new possibilities?  System backups – Ability to move huge datasets quickly – efficient – Cloud Computing – Rural schools could collaborate – Environmental Classroom (Schlagle branch) could provide virtual visits when field trips are too expensive (live demonstrations for classroom use) – Homeschool use – Education and Web cams –
    • Joco already has 1 Gig at 4 branches, so will allow to push images of operating systems (sort of like Google Chrome, but less taxing).  Allows to mimic corporate environment.
    • Library users max out 10 Mb – will they with a Gig?  You could have wiggle room.
  • Creative – YouMedia at Chicago – creation station at the library – music (OP Source), art, poetry. Collaboration and cooperation.
  • Medicine – KU Med Center (already have a Gig, but not Free)  Virtual doctor visits.  Speed over Distances = big difference.
  • Drive demand for broadband nationwide.  Drive competition.  Too many unknowns, unfortunately.
  • Hardware doesn’t meet the demand – wireless routers and internal networks may not be able to keep up.
  • Software development start-ups at KCK due to this.  Japan and Korea and Spain – infrastructure and bandwidth provided nation-wide (by Govt) – how is that different?
  • If folks have highspeed at home, what does that mean for the library?  Be a social space.  Collaboration. Serve the disenfranchised.  Be a content provider – ebooks, local history, catalog Virtual Branch.  Community Help Desk.  Meeting place for cooperation.  Preservation. Outreach services – roving, to go programming, computer classes out of the building, – still have a role in self-learning
  • What do you do when you don’t know what is possible?  Look at others who already have it?  Any residential Gig connections? No.
    • “Take on the attitude of an explorer.”
    • What are other countries with highspeed, ubiquitous broadband
  • Medicine.  Education.  Creative pursuits. Energy and monitoring. Emergency Response. Collaborative Computing.
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