Sunday, March 28, 2010

The New Digital Divide and Trends shaping Libraries

Helene Blowers was in Rotterdam at the DB Update 2010 Conference (March 25th 2010) and did a keynote with the title "Reality Check 2010 : 5 Trends shaping Libraries"
  1. The Digital book race is on
  2. Mobile Build Bridges Faster
  3. Augmenting is the New Information Window
  4. Print is in Peril 
  5. There is a New Digital Divide
I loved this talk and the presentation!
Besides the 5 Trends, I was happy to see the New Digital Divide put down so clearly. (See Slide 43 or read below) When Libraries act on these, the shape of the library will shift.
View more presentations from hblowers.

To show the New Digital Divide more clearly, I wrote them down here :
  1. Those who know how to "think" about search vs. those who don't
  2.  Those who know how to validate soft information vs. those who don't
  3. Those who know where to find information in new hot channels vs. those who don't
  4. Those who understand the current culture of informal languages vs. those who don't
  5. Those who know how to get information to travel to them vs. those who still chase it
  6. Those who have the knowledge and skills to create and re-mix digital media and those who don't
  7. Those who understand that learning is a continual process vs. those that view learning as an achievement 
During the conference a new -very practical- divide was mentioned by the participants via Twitter ...(See the TWUB for all tweets of #DBUP10)
Three other great thoughts I want to mention:
  • In the past you were what you owned ... Now you are what you share ... YouTube movie "We Think" by CharlesLeadbeater 
  • The Illiterate of the Future are not those who can'tt read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and re-learn / Alvin Toffler
  •  Discovery Guides = Librarians  "Librarians are Your Guides to Discovery"
Helene Blowers also gave an "Innovation Masterclass"called "Creating a Culture of Innovation in Libraries"
Wish I had been there ...

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