The last exercise for the day today was a “Futures Dreaming” , where the group came up with some ideas about the library of 2020.
We used the same questions as we used at Library Camp Perth 2009 in September – and it is interesting to compare the ideas from both groups. It is very clear that librarians need to be able to market, self-promote and get better with IT. As in September, the conversation leading up to each point going on the board was more interesting than the points that ended up there…
The questions were:
- What would you do in your library if you had all the time, money and skills you needed?
- What will the library of 2020 look like?
- What skills will librarians need for the library of 2020?
- What will we need to drop as we move to 2020?
Here are the answers. Feel free to click through to the images to leave a note on Flickr about points you agree or disagree with.
What would you do in your library if you had all the time, money and skills you needed?
What will the library of 2020 look like?
* In public libraries – more social spaces
* Fewer libraries being built
* Academic libraries becoming a “licensing centre”
* Libraries with a bigger role for literacy for the nation
* Need to form partnerships with other agencies
* Need to argue harder for print budgets
* Library and knowledge managers to merge
* More IT skills needed for library staff
What skills will librarians need for the library of 2020?
* Web design and development
* Communicating skills (eg. writing for the web)
* IT troubleshooting for ourselves and our users
* Political savviness
* Marketing skills
* User Experience skills – online and in physical spaces
* Links to other professions
* Critical thinking
* People skills
* Searching methodology
* Understanding metadata – formation, standardization, repurposing
* Business acumen
* Project Management
* Like being with people
* Ability to self promote, regardless of who to
* More young men in the profession
* An image change
* An understanding of learning styles
What will we need to drop as we move to 2020?
* Duplicate cataloguing – if we keep as many cataloguers get them to work together across organisations
* Bulk circulation
* Static collections
* Forms and other paperwork
* Fear of failure
* Reinventing the wheel
* Emphasis on text