sirsi dynix executive conference: stephen abrams

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I slept in this morning, catching up on the lost hours of rest from the night before. Then I relaxed for a bit in my lovely room, drinking surprisingly good coffee from the room coffeemaker and eating the delicious candy that I got as a thank you gift from the conference organizers. So I missed the morning programs for the conference, but this afternoon I've got the energy to actually blog again!

Stephen Abrams is one my favorite library world speakers. He's articulate, funny, and insightful. So his talk on "learning from web successes" is likely to be good.

Starts with a great YouTube video on librarians and IT

(there are several more in the series...search IACPL on YouTube to see them)

Also shows Introducing the Book, one of my favorites.

Then goes into a lengthy series of statistics. Demographic, technological, etc. (Not going to try to summarize them. Too many, too fast.)

The basic message? "Shift happens." We're in a period of intense change.

Why aren't we going to where the users want to be, rather than trying to force them to where we are?

How visible are the features of our libraries, and our library web sites? Is it like an enormous closed swiss army knife, where you don't know what's there or how to get it out?

I wish he wouldn't confuse "social networking sites" with "social networks."

Points out what a bad job most libraries do at providing a federated search interface to multiple databases. (This was painfully obvious when I asked my students to do a task analysis on the process of finding an ACM article on the RIT library site. They had no idea they should start with the ACM Digital Library database, and so it took them forever to find the article.)

Are we integrating the library into social and academic experiences, rather than allowing ourselves to be trapped by physical and organizational walls?

Makes book recommendations. Nothing new here for me, but probably new for this crowd... Godin's books, Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind, Friedman's The World is Flat, Beck & Wade's Got Game, Freakonomics, The Wisdom of Crowds, Gee's What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy, Ideaspotting, Johnson's Everything Bad is Good for You, Gladwell's Tipping Point and Blink.

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