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Friday, March 24, 2006
  CIL2006: Notes from Friday Morning

Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life

Younger users of the internet (millenials- 1982-2000)

Keynote 3/24/06

Who’s blogging this? – talked about blogger feedback to previous talks, and real time backchannel comms (btw he looks exactly as I expected ;) )

Time, “Are kids too wired for their own good?” (Cover Story)

Reality 1

Distinct age group based on many measures of generational behavior

Bigger and most diverse generation in history (Neil Howe and William Strauss. Millenials Rising (Vintage 2000))

Reality 2

Millenials are immersed in media

Product > Route to Home > Display > Local Storage

Reality 3

Technology is mobile

Reality 4

Internet plays a special role in their world

Reality 5

Multitaskers

Reality 6

Often unaware of ?

Reality 7

Their technology world will radically change in the next decade

Reality 8

The way they approach learning and research tasks will be shaped by their new techno-world

Target rich environment for things to study.

Supporting the World with Digital Gadgets

Hope N. Tillman, Babson College

Before the tour

Trends

ZDNet’s Top 10 Gadget Must haves (updated ~every 2 weeks) – don’t necessarily lean too heavily on this, but use it as an overall guide to what’s hot, what’s coming and going

PDA/Handhelds/Tablets

Smart Watches

Smart Phones -- Phone – sms – browser – organizer (no ebooks on most of them so far)

MP3 Players – courseware, podcasting (more than just iPods)

Digital voice recorders – separate or built into device

Video players/recorders – vlogging, videocasting

Digital cameras

Pocket scanners – reading pens, scan store send, translation, reads aloud, dictionaries

Digital pen – take notes by hand on a special type of paper, like a tablet pc but cheaper, lighter, smaller – 40 pages at a time (who will take this up? Old timers used to handwriting notes?)

Security everywhere – RFID, biometrics like fingerprint recognition

Special purpose chips – like debit cards, jump drives, IBM soulpad (operating system)

Wireless

Remote controls (universal)

Game machines (she provides some good cites and places to find more info)

GPS – geocaching, pc-based, smart phones

What toys do your toys have (like build a bear) -- Solar powered backpack, Protective covers, Cases

Library applications

What’s Next

The Future of Catalogs

Roy Tenant, California Digital Library

What catalogs do well (not ILS so not talking about circ functions or acquisitions functions)

- inventory control (what you have where it is)

- known item searching, within a particular system

The short list of what they don’t do well

- anything searches besides known item

- locating anything beyond books and journal titles (not journal articles)

- displaying results in logical groupings, display complexity as needed

- no faceted browsing (mostly)

- no relevance ranking

- no recommender services

How we got into this mess? Magically?

- began in circulation and technical services

- public access was an afterthought

- systems were optimized for librarians, not users (sounds familiar)

- we don’t use what we know about our materials (finally OCLC is working on this, see post from yesterday’s session)

Key problems

- conflated managing content, inventory control and discovery

- stovepipe systems (systems don’t play well with others)

- abdicated all responsibility to vendors

- we’ve been slow to exploit new opportunities

- we collaborate on sharing materials but not on building systems and coding (starting to change, hopefully)

Assertions

- catalog is one finding tool among many (isn’t this part of the problem, though? That users don’t know when the library catalog is appropriate?)

- users need to know more about what they can get if they can wait a little bit via ILL or cooperatives

- users need to find more information of different types

- we can do better

Catalogs must

- interoperate

- function well as a standalone, part of a unified finding tool

- refocused on local inventory only

Good things happening:

- Reports: California report and also new report from Karen Calhoun (Cornell) Changing - Nature of Libraries and ….

- Demo.gapines.org (open source library system to go live in the fall)

- RedLightGreen

- Curiouser, fiction finder from OCLC (see yesterday’s notes)

- library.csusm.edu/search/books – x9 books using xlibris metalib to find books

Catalogs for the Future

Andrew Pace, NCSU

“library automation: yesterday’s technology tomorrow”

“ILS vendors squandering our money and doing exactly what we ask them to do”

{out of battery no more notes}


{after the session in the press room}

Some great comments here. If I can only remember them! Oh yeah – you know how libraries are all bent around the axel about FRBR? NCSU asked Endeca and gave a long explanation of what they meant – Endeca said, oh yeah, product rollup, that’s easy. They do this all the time like for a clothing store where they’ll put the purple shirts with the pink of the same cut.


 
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