Posted by: bluesyemre | January 30, 2018

What changes will 2018 bring to #libraries? (Directly from library experts)


1. Laurinda Thomas, Team Leader, Libraries and Community Spaces – ‎Wellington City Council, New Zealand

I want 2018 to be the year that Libraries put a stake in the ground about what they stand for and stretch their ideas about how we do tha

Hearing other voices in a world of fake news

While “fake news” isn’t a new idea, the awareness of the public about mis- and dis-information is probably at an all-time high. More libraries will step up to the plate on educating people how to be media savvy, break out of their “media silos” to hear other voices, and help people understand how to work and communicate in a digital world that generally tries to reinforce our confirmation bias’ rather than expose us to a range of ideas and experiences.

2. Jane Cowell, Executive Director Information and Engagement at State Library of Queensland, Australia

Video – Video – Video

For library marketing; for extending library programming outside of the library building; for communicating and explaining ‘how to’ in the library, Video is no longer an option for libraries.

The rise of Vloggers, viewing behaviours and how our users learn and consume information will definitely be an impetus for all libraries to move into video production. The technology is easy to use and accessible to library staff and I predict that our customers will start to ask for video marketing and access to Facebook Live streaming options which will, in turn, drive further uptake across the library sector. Don’t believe me? – Here is a blog post regarding video marketing and its rise in use in 2017.

3. Stephen Abram, CEO Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, Canada

Some topics will continue from 2017 and they’re pretty obvious and easy to predict:

– There will be a continuing focus on fake news and the role of librarians.

– Private rights over public rights, including challenges to net neutrality by powerful interests, will increase. Right to know versus the right to be forgotten will stay out of balance.

– Personal Information will continue to be monetized and the public will need more training on the tools to protect themselves.

– Social media and social networking will continue to mutate and connect people with information – good and bad.

Some of these are the BIG PICTURE that move the discussion of librarian values into a territory that is politically important and has an impact globally. These aren’t national or local issues alone and the solutions are international. Hence the role of organizations like the UN and IFLA will increase.

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